New And Improved

If You Build It . . .

Perhaps you'd like to build a Web site for your business but think you don't have the time or know-how to construct it. BusinessWeb, a new service from CompuServe, claims to give entrepreneurs all the tools they need to build a Web site in as little as two hours, and all at a very affordable price.

From the Business- Web home page (http://businessweb.csi.com), the service walks you through a series of seven steps to build your Web site from start to finish. The first step, for instance, is to choose a domain name. After searching the InterNIC database of registered names to make sure the one you want is available, BusinessWeb automatically registers your domain name when you click on the "submit" button. In another step, you download a free copy of NetObjects Fusion Personal Edition software, an entry-level version of the site-building application for Windows 95, Windows NT and Macintosh operating systems. This software contains templates you can use to build your site.

Other BusinessWeb features include automatic listings with the top 25 Web search engines, access to customer support, and 30MB disk space, more than ample for hosting most Web sites. To become a BusinessWeb member, there's an initial fee of $50 (not including a $100 domain name registration fee) and a charge of $79 per month thereafter, which includes regular site maintenance and 20 hours of online access to CompuServe.

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This article was originally published in the September 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: New And Improved.

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