Microsoft Releases Site Manager on bCentral
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Microsoft Corp. this week released its bCentral Site Manager, a new service designed to provide small-business owners with everything they need to build, host and maintain successful Web sites and sell products via the Internet.
Site Manager will be offered through bCentral, a Web-based small-business portal that Microsoft launched in September. Site Manager is a core component of the bCentral's suite of services created specifically to help small and growing businesses leverage the Internet.
This offering is the latest in a series of online services that Microsoft (MSFT) is delivering for businesses of all sizes.
Site Manager is intended to help small-business owners build their own Web sites by providing straightforward templates, layouts and design guides and then providing automatic hosting for sites. The service also offers merchants a number of features at no additional charge to get their sites up and running.
To steer customers toward their new Web sites, Site Manager users have the option of using bCentral's Web marketing services. Once the site is fully operational, they can then use these marketing services to get their URL submitted to search engines and advertise their site on the Web. In addition, small businesses can view their portfolio of building, hosting and marketing services in the My Business section of bCentral.
Site Manager costs $39.95 a month. Organizations can sign up for the service through bCentral.