EarthLink Streamlines Hosting, E-Commerce Options

EarthLink Network Inc. announced
Tuesday it has streamlined its Web hosting services and
reduced prices its e-commerce services.

Both moves reinforce EarthLink’s commitment to providing the small- office and home-office market
with customized Web hosting options and easy e-commerce start-ups.

StarterSite members can now add server space and traffic, e-commerce
capabilities, secure server connections and a variety of email options to
tailor the web sites.

“Our objective is to deliver the power of the Internet to give the little
guy the resources to play in the big guys’ sandbox,” said Julie Mantis,
EarthLink’s vice president of sales. “We want to help businesspeople keep
their mind off technological details and concentrate on their businesses.

In a related announcement EarthLink has also lowered pricing on the
company’s e-commerce services. TotalCommerce Web
hosting packages now start at $20 a month and include a merchant account
from Cardservice International.

Through agreements with Breakthrough Software Inc. and Mercantec Inc., TotalCommerce offers a set of store building and
administration tools for e-commerce Web sites.

Site owners can now
coordinate legacy accounting and inventory systems with Web design and
server space while applying for merchant account establishment, all in one
step.

“Our TotalCommerce offerings are designed to make it easy and affordable
for small and mid-sized companies to extend their business sales onto the
Internet,” Mantis said.

“We can set people up with a merchant account, offer them the store builder
tools and give them the flexibility to tailor their site to meet their
needs. It cuts down on the number of steps required to conduct commerce on
the Web and makes them feel comfortable with the process.”

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