E-commerce software provider INTERSHOP Communications Thursday unveiled its
ePages Cartridge for INTERSHOP 3 Hosting Edition, designed to allow customers to mass-
deploy e-commerce solutions for small and medium sized businesses.
EPages provides self-provisioning, class-of-service functionality though a
Wizard-driven browser interface. With ePages, merchants can set-up, design,
implement, maintain and upgrade their own e-commerce sites without any
assistance. Service Providers can also integrate ePages with their existing
billing, customer-care, administration and other networked-managed systems.
“By exploiting the power of INTERSHOP 3, but with a vastly simplified user
interface, ePages provides the ability for technology novices to realize the
potential of e-commerce,” said Gabriel Swank, product management director for
the San Francisco-based company.
INTERSHOP customers planning to roll-out e-commerce services over the next few
months based on ePages include MindSpring, a leading provider of Web hosting services and domain registrations with approximately 455,000 members and
18,000 Web hosting customers in the United States, and FortuneCity.com, a
growing community site.
Theglobe.com, a Web community with reportedly more
than six million monthly users and 1.8 million members, has already implemented
a shopping community based on ePages. Theglobe.com deployed ePages in less
than 60 days and its community members built over 600 stores in the first
month the service was offered, INTERSHOP said.
EPages is intended to allow fully functional sites to be prepared in as little as 15
minutes. It provides up to five class-of-service
configurations, allowing hosts to keep their customers as their needs grow.
SPs can configure each class-of-service and price them according to a maximum
number of allowed products, categories, attributes, or sub-categories.
features that can be turned on at each progressing level include: hot deals,
image upload, global shipping and tax options, the range of store statistics
and reports, global shopping basket, banner advertising, point-and-click
templates and the full scope of the back office.
The ePages Cartridge for the Hosting Edition is scheduled to be available later this year
for Windows NT and Sun Solaris. Pricing begins at $50,000 plus volume
licensing, installation and maintenance.