SpinSite — The Point-and-Click Website Builder for Businesses
Browser-Based System Delivers Flexible Page Layout without Template Limitations;
Quickly Creates Threaded Discussions, Smart FAQs, Registration Forms & More
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (May 1, 2004) --- Traditionally, small businesses requiring websites have had three less-than-perfect choices: do-it-yourself software with cookie-cutter design templates and limited functionality, advanced programs like Macromedia Dreamweaver requiring technical expertise, or expensive web developers who charge for every change. Now SpinSite, a new website builder and hosting service available either online or in retail stores, provides a fresh alternative with unlimited point-and-click layout options, the ability to create advanced business features such as threaded newsgroups in seconds, and a browser-based architecture that offers multiple benefits including instant update capabilities.
Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems, SpinSite begins the design process with a choice of scores of color schemes and graphic themes suited to a wide range of industries. Users then follow a series of easy-to-understand popup menus to produce rows and columns of any width, place graphics and text anywhere on the page, change fonts and colors, resize images, create links, and so on. The row/column capability --- not available in any other do-it-yourself tool --- is particularly valuable because it allows users to break content down into discrete sections for flexible organization, interesting design and easy reading.
All text content is designed and placed with a “What You See Is What You Get” Text Editor that instantly produces the font, color, size and style of the user’s choice. Experienced website developers can type or paste HTML content directly into the editor. All graphic content comes from an Upload Library that allows users to import five files at a time from their hard drives and place them on SpinSite’s server for instant access without complicated FTP operations.
With SpinSite’s design wizards, users can also instantly build smart FAQ pages; threaded discussion boards for customer service, technical support or idea exchange; and data collection forms for uses ranging from E-mail list-building to event registration and preparation of customer quotes. These and other features were previously available only with sophisticated back-end database programming.
An optional online store that can be added with a click integrates order management and an online inventory management system with PayPal’s® shopping cart and transaction processing for a complete E-commerce solution.
Other features include:
- The ability to design and modify websites from any Internet-enabled computer.
- User privilege functionality, enabling specific design and/or update tasks to be assigned to different individuals within an organization.
- A site search engine that is generated automatically with each site.
- The ability to post downloadable documents such as data sheets and user guides.
- The ability to show and hide specific pages to particular site visitors.
- Password protection, including the ability to create a secure password-protected website for access by select users.
- Traffic logs indicating how many unique visitors and page hits a given site has received on a page-by-page basis.
- Optional use of the user’s own domain name (www.MyCompany.com).
“Until now, businesses needing websites were forced either to hire expensive web developers or to use template-based do-it-yourself tools that cramped their style, offered limited functionality, and failed to deliver a professional-looking product,” said Ed Hoskins, chief executive officer of SpinSite. “SpinSite offers an affordable solution that lets business owners design their websites their way and also permits easy and timely updates, putting users in complete control.”
SpinSite Express (MSRP $49) can be used to create websites with up to five pages, 25 MB of document/image storage space, and up to two E-mail accounts. SpinSite Platinum (MSRP $99) provides up to 50 website pages, 50 MB of document/storage space, and up to five email accounts. Both editions include three free months of web services (web hosting, E-mail and design tools) with monthly fees thereafter. Online store capability, additional storage, and additional mailboxes are available for both SpinSite versions for additional fees.
SpinSite will be available at Fry’s Electronics stores in May and CompUSA in June. It is also available as a hosted monthly service at www.spinsite.com. More information and an online video demo are available at www.spinsite.com.
About SpinSite Inc.
SpinSite Inc. specializes in providing businesses with advanced yet easy-to-use tools to build and maintain their web presence. The company’s services allow businesses to take control of and manage their own websites without the need to develop their own information technology resources. The SpinSite team is guided by expert programmers, system engineers, QA specialists, technical support engineers and artists. For more information, visit www.spinsite.com.
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