Yahoo Bolsters Small Business Plans

In an effort to attract paying business users early, Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday is expanding its domain name and Web hosting plans for small businesses.

Yahoo, of Sunnyvale, Calif., will introduce a $9.95 option for registering a Web domain name, pitting it more directly against low-cost registrars such as Go Daddy Group Inc. The option comes with a single, customizable Web page. Yahoo also will substantially increase the limits on Web site and e-mail storage, bandwidth and the number of e-mail accounts across its six small-business hosting plans, said Rich Riley, vice president and general manager of Yahoo Small Business. The increases range across the plans, but as an example, Yahoo's $11.95 Web-hosting "starter" package will expand from 10 to 25 e-mail addresses, from 50MB to 2,000MB of disk storage, and from 20GB to 25GB of data transfer, Riley said.

For all its small-business offerings, Yahoo uses its own Web hosting, e-mail and e-commerce services. But for domain names, Yahoo is not an official registrar and instead contracts with registrar Melbourne IT Ltd. Yahoo already sold domain-name registrations, but they were part of its e-mail or hosting packages and the lowest-priced option started at $35, Riley said. The new domain-name plan is aimed at smaller companies wanting to reserve names and display a basic page.

News source: eWeek

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