AT&T Adds E-Commerce Capabilities to Its Professional Hosting Services for Small and Midsize Businesses
Company Offering Enterprise-Proven, Cost-Effective Web Site Solutions Down-Market to Smaller Businesses
Dallas, Texas.-If it’s getting harder telling the e-commerce Davids from the Goliaths, blame AT&T. Small and midsize businesses now have more options and broader support for creating e-commerce Web sites with a look and feel of their larger competitors’ sites, thanks to new professional Web hosting services announced today by AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).
AT&T added a range of new e-commerce professional services to its portfolio of Web design and Web hosting solutions that can help small and midsize businesses get their e-commerce sites up and running quickly and boost their sites’ effectiveness. Available today globally, the new Web hosting professional services include support for site and database migrations, one-stop e-commerce site builds, database builds, expanded managed system and server administration, code-execution monitoring and third-party code debugging and support.
More specifically, the new services enable small and midsize businesses to easily add e-commerce features such as shopping cart applications, blogging capabilities for customer reviews and online payment solutions from PayPal™. Additionally, customers have access to a robust control panel with near real-time and historical reports showing the status of metrics such as Web statistics, system utilization and the ability to manage user preferences.
“Our professional hosting and Web design services are the ideal solution for companies that want to take their businesses online but don’t want the expense of running and managing servers, software and hardware,” said Steve Caniano, vice president, AT&T Hosting and Application Services. “What’s more, small and midsize businesses now can receive e-commerce support and best practices from highly trained consultants who are e-commerce experts with businesses of all sizes.”
The services are an extension of AT&T’s Web HostingSM Virtual Dedicated Server and Managed Dedicated Server offerings that were introduced in April 2008. The Web hosting portfolio provides small and midsize companies with an easy and cost-effective way to launch a new Web site or improve an existing site, sell products or services online, build an online community, manage company e-mail, distribute digital content, set up blogging applications, host a gaming server or run many other business applications.
New Web hosting customers can take advantage of discounts on the Virtual Dedicated Server and Managed Dedicated Server offerings when they subscribe to one of the AT&T small and midsize business high speed Internet services or AT&T Tech Support 360SM, as well as local, long distance and wireless services.
“Most small and growing businesses lack the IT resources for managing their hardware, software and network issues related to setting up and maintaining an effective e-commerce presence,” said Jeff Kaplan, owner of Breakthrough Advisory Group, a New Jersey-based IT and telecom consultancy and an AT&T Virtual Dedicated Server customer. “We much prefer to focus on running our business applications and offload infrastructure issues to the experts. Web site design and Web hosting services like these can help a small business quickly establish an effective e-commerce presence on the Web with a truly professional look and feel.”
AT&T’s Virtual Dedicated Server offer provides an affordable, single-server hosting solution that allows small and midsize businesses to share the expense of hardware and network connections with multiple customers just as if they were running on a dedicated physical server. The AT&T Managed Dedicated Server offer provides a fully dedicated single-server hosting solution for customers who require a dedicated environment without the costs of managing the hardware in-house.
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