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Intuit Promises Easy Set-Up Process

Intuit Inc. is promising customers who use its QuickBooks Site Solutions software that can have a Web site up and running in 10 minutes.

Even clients with no previous knowledge can set up their site, from domain name server search and purchase to Web page design, using the Web-based setup wizard that takes five steps.

Dan Nye, Intuit's small business division vice president and general manager, said the solution makes it easy for everyone to utilize.

"Intuit's fanatical focus on ease of use has allowed us to lead the market in multiple categories," Nye said. "With QuickBooks Site Solutions, we have applied that same approach to helping small businesses establish themselves on the Web.

"Until now, the small business market has been underserved by the industry. By reducing Web site development to a simple five-step process and offering it at a nominal fee, Intuit is making it easy and affordable for almost any small business to build a professional-looking site in just minutes."

The setup wizard is programmed to take the first-time or professional user through the Web site process, from conceptualization to putting the site on the Web.

Intuit's popular suite of finance and accounting software for personal and small business use has been expanding the past year. It's hoping to leverage its software dominance onto the Internet.

The company currently has an exclusive contract with America Online Inc. , to provide personal financial support, as well as deals with Excite and Webcrawler.

In June, it announced a deal with TriSense Software Ltd. to expand its e-billing solutions. The company currently has more than 45 companies signed on, including CheckFree, Princeton e-com and YourAccounts.com.

In March, the company penned several alliances to give its Internet service the bells and whistles to market to the small business market. Its deals with Critical Path, Inc. , Internet Names Worldwide, iQ.com, MadeToOrder.com, Photos to Go and Switchboard, Inc. , ensured a common benchmark of design, content and marketing tools.