Yahoo! Gives Small Businesses Unlimited Room to Grow Online
In a first for the web hosting industry, Yahoo! Small Business today announced a new service that gives small businesses unlimited room to grow online. The new Yahoo! Web Hosting service includes unlimited disk space, data transfer, and email storage space, for one low price of $11.95 per month. The new plan offers small businesses a simple, inexpensive solution for launching a new business or growing an existing one online, while eliminating worries about bandwidth and storage limits. With more than 1.5 million customers, Yahoo! Small Business is one of the world’s leading providers of reliable, secure hosting services for small businesses.
“Yahoo! understands that small business owners face a number of obstacles to success, and we don’t think that the growth of their online presence should be one of them. By going unlimited, Yahoo! is freeing its customers to focus on growing their businesses and driving traffic to their sites, rather than calculating the costs of megabytes,” said Guy Yalif, director of web hosting products, Yahoo!. “Yahoo! has long been the trusted partner of choice for small businesses looking to launch or expand online. The new unlimited offer shows our ongoing commitment to driving value for small business owners, who are an important part of the ecosystem of partners that we’re focused on serving.”
Yahoo!’s unlimited hosting service includes award-winning, easy-to-use web site design tools that allow business owners with little or no technical knowledge to quickly create professional-looking web sites. Yahoo!’s service also includes a free domain name, 1,000 personalized email accounts, live 24-7 toll-free customer support, and a new 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
To help small businesses generate leads and get noticed online, Yahoo! automatically submits its customers’ web sites to top search engines. In addition, web site building tools automatically optimize customers’ sites to be found by search engines. Other features help convert site visitors into customers including automatically generated maps and driving directions, business contact information on every page, compelling content guides, and lead submission forms. Yahoo! Web Hosting also makes it easy to quickly attract web site traffic by providing discounts on marketing services such as sponsored search advertising and email marketing.
“Yahoo! has taken a major step forward in delivering more value to small business owners looking to grow through the Web. Whenever you reduce costs and complexity for small business owners, you add tremendous value to their companies by freeing them to focus on their core businesses, and not worry about technical issues like bandwidth and storage — which they don’t understand,” said Sanjeev Aggarwal, vice president for SMB infrastructure solutions at AMI-Partners. “This is an aggressive move to lower the barrier to entry for small business owners, and significantly boosts the value Yahoo! offers small businesses looking for complete solutions for getting online.”
The unlimited-service offer follows a series of significant enhancements to Yahoo!’s hosting solution that focus on making it increasingly easy for entrepreneurs to quickly create attractive, high-quality web sites, including:
- Award-winning tools that guide small business owners through a simple, step-by-step process to open their businesses online;
- Web sites that are optimized right out of the box for lead generation;
- High-impact, professional site designs created with specific types of small businesses in mind, from attorney’s offices and home-repair services to accountants and spas;
- One-step email setup and an award-winning online email interface;
- A lead-capturing tool that automatically sends the business owner an email whenever potential customers submit contact information or request service from the business;
- Detailed guidance on how to develop compelling content for each page of the small business owner’s web site.
“I never thought building a web site would be so easy, and now I’m thrilled that I don’t have to worry about bandwidth and storage limits,” said Kaitlyn Sharp, owner, Custom Plumbing and Hardware (http://www.customplumbingandhardware.com). “The Yahoo! designs were great, and the simple instructions allowed me to quickly add pictures and information, and then to launch the site with a series of clicks. Our site went live after only a few hours, leading to an appointment and then a fabulous sale — all in the first week.”