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by John Carthy on October 13, 2006


I wanted to pick up from my post last week and write specifically about what we are doing to help businesses and organizations succeed online — the tactics we are employing so we can live up to our ‘smiley’ promise.

The first area is the delivery of useful, inexpensive (sometimes free) applications that are also easy-to-use.

For our webhosting customers we launched a Site Builder application last month. Whether you’re on a Windows or Linux hosting plan, you can now quickly activate this service through your control panel and generate a functional, attractive site in minutes.

The three page version is free, so if you’re not happy with the look of your site or want to try something new, give it a try and I think you’ll agree it’s a good tool for design and content management. And if you have the need you can upgrade the same site to be fully eCommerce enabled.

This is a great opportunity for anyone with a parked domain to easily get a site up and running without the need for a webmaster or designer.

One very unique feature in our Windows hosting plan is the mixed Windows / Linux environment. Without getting into too much detail, if you have a Windows hosting account you can enable a Linux account – for free – that behaves just like a directory within your Windows site. Nothing changes on your site, but it provides unlimited possibilities.

With this dual platform in place we can provide you with a broad range of free, open source apps. Right now if you go into the Application Manager section of your control panel (look inside the Site Management tab > Web Site Tools), you’ll see a long list of applications you can install with just a single click.

Whether you’re technical or not, I think you’ll appreciate the power of our MediaWiki, WordPress (blogging), Gallery 2 (photo album) and phpBB (forum) available free on our standard hosting plans. Joomla (content management) and one-click eCommerce applications are also available on the more advanced plans.

Finally, I think it’s important to mention that these applications are on tap for you to use. Turn them on only as you need them and pay for only what you use.

Next week I’ll talk about some applications our customers are turning on in droves.


John Carthy
V.P. Sales and Marketing
Softcom Technology Consulting Inc.

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Stoddard December 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

SiteBuilder is great! It’s still astounding to me that you can build a really good-looking site in just minutes.

Randy5 January 25, 2011 at 11:43 AM

You’re right that you don’t have to be technical to enjoy WordPress + Gallery 2. Those programs are easy for anyone to love!

Rusher February 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM

These apps really do put me in a smiley mood, so they’re working.

PotsNPans February 27, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I haven’t been happy with the way my site looks in quite a while, but it’s nice to know all these great site building tools are readily available.

OhDonna August 15, 2011 at 7:59 AM

In particular, Gallery 2 can really spruce up the way you display your photos. And everyone likes looking at photos!

Texas2Step November 8, 2011 at 7:42 AM

The mixed Windows/Linux environment is intriguing, especially the part about “unliimited possibilities,” and the fact that it doesn’t alter your site. A great way to flex your apps! Is this environment still available?

WrigleyF March 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The mark of a great application may be that non-technical people can use it, while technical people can find it challenging and stimulating. MediaWiki, Gallery 2, and WordPress are all good examples of such applications, as John points out.

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