Hostopia Enhances Wholesale Services

Hostopia Inc. (Booth 108) has announced new applications and enhancements for its suite of wholesale Web hosting and managed e-mail services, which will be rolled out automatically to Hostopias base of 280 private-label partners.

Hostopias new plans offer a 500 percent increase in disk storage and a doubling of e-mail storage. Being introduced are wholesale price points that will offer advanced Windows services such as in a lower-cost hosting plan, which can be retailed competitively at $19.99 per month while maintaining healthy margins, the company says.

Hostopia also debuted fully developed Web site templates for small businesses or Web developers to create instantly or modify specialized business sites. The templates are organized by vertical industry, and will function with any site-building tool such as Front Page or Macromedias Dreamweaver.

Also launching in February is EasyLiveChat, a turnkey business chat application for small business, for talking to customers and prospects via the Web site. As with its other offers, Hostopia will host the application and deliver it via the Web.

We built a very successful Web hosting and business e-mail service over the years, but the competitive pace to constantly upgrade our offering is intense and demands capital, says Rick Petersen, CEO of Peak Internet, one of Hostopias partners. Hostopias private-label offering and constant feature improvement program showed us that we could deliver highly profitable services to our customers that automatically benefit every one of our end users instantly. Hostopias new plans for 2005 are available to us at a fraction of the effort and cost it would have required to develop them ourselves.

Franc Nemanic, Hostopias president, says, Web hosting has recently experienced severe commoditization in the marketplace as disk space and bandwidth is literally given away by most providers. Hostopias strategy is to equip our partners with adequate disk space but also to bundle value added services such as ASP, chat and site templates to maintain revenue, margins and customer satisfaction.

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