BigPond offers DIY Web site packages

BigPond has announced a selection of new Web Hosting packages, promising its residential and small business users a “cookie and cutter” style method of developing their own Web site.

The new Basic Hosting packages, which feature a cut-and-paste Wizard template for uploading information to the user’s Web site, give customers the ability to construct a simple site without requiring the use of complicated HTML coding, Telstra spokesperson Kerrina Lawrence said.

While the Web space can be used by individuals for a variety of content, BigPond is selling the new plans as an easy way for consumers to create their own online photo album.

“Web Hosting isn’t readily understood,” she said.

“There is a market which will pay a minimum fee for this product, but it needs to be compelling. We’re tapping into a popular vein by suggesting the use of the Web space for an online photo album.”

Lawrence said BigPond managing director Justin Milne initially described the Web hosting packages as offering “cookie and cutter style Web sites”.

To add photos to their Web site, users simply drag and drop selected images from their hard disk using the Web site download tool, he said.

The new Web site plans start from $2.95, including 5MB of Web space, and range up to $19.95 per month including 20MB of space. Users who go over their Web space allowance will be charged $2 per additional megabyte.

Basic Hosting customers on the 5, 10 and 15MB plans will be able to access their site using the URL: www.[user’swebsite].bigpondhosting.com. Those on the Basic Hosting 20 plan who have already purchased an Internet domain name will have the additional option of redirecting their hosted Web space to their domain name for an additional charge.

The launch of the new Basic Hosting plans follows the announcement of BigPond’s premium Web Hosting packages in June this year.

Both products are designed to help BigPond capture more of a share in the SME Web Hosting market, Lawrence said. Previously, shared Web Hosting packages were offered only through Telstra’s business and Government department, which also sold multi-million dollar hosting packages, she said.

BigPond Premium Web Hosting packages start from $38 per month, including 20MB of Web space and 10 mailboxes.

Both types of plans incur monthly data download limits, meaning users will be charged an additional fee of $0.132 per megabyte if more than the specified amount of data is transferred from their site during the month.

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