MyBusiness Site from 1&1 Released

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Hardly anyone (at least that I know) actually codes individual websites anymore. Not to say that it doesn't happen at all, but thanks to the introduction of popular CMS and Weblog software platforms like Drupal or WordPress, it's much less common than it was ten years ago. It's become so standard in fact that you don't need any technical savvy at all, as there are many tools available that aid in the design and development of a website. The latest of these is the 1&1 MyBusiness Site from web host 1&1 (schedule for release today - the site is not active yet).

"Before developing 1&1 MyBusiness Site, we did some very detailed market analysis," explained Oliver Mauss, CEO of 1&1 Internet. "As a result, it was clear that a lot of traditional hosting packages are simply too complicated to fulfill the needs of a great many small business owners." The research Mauss and 1&1 commissioned found that 40 percent of the 1800 small businesses surveyed are still without a company website. Further, 24 percent of companies that do not have a website are interested in creating one, but are concerned that existing offers are too complicated or costly. The most common reason for not having a website are concerns about the time needed to create one (36 percent) and concerns as to whether having a website is necessary for the business. 

If you see the value in creating a Web presence but are unsure how or where to get started, this may be a good choice. The service costs $9.99.month with no set-up fees or contract terms, plus one domain name and email acconts are included. There is a free, five-day, no-obligation trial available.

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PeterJ 05-20-2009 8:20 AM

The past few years, we have gone from code-generating software to hand coding our websites in HTML & CSS. This is the first step for SEO & provides us with more control over each object and makes updates much easier. I agree with the need for CMS software for larger sites, but the better CMS programs still want the homepage & an interior page built by hand.

Dean Keipert 05-21-2009 3:49 PM

Peter - I couldn't agree more.  I am also somewhat disappointed that a magazine dedicated primarily for the web design industry would be promoting non-hand coded sites and templated based CMS platforms.  This is, in my opinion, the downfall of the web when we loose the detailed control and application development that you get from hand coding.  Also, is this a true blog post article or is this just a paid advertisement?

Peter A. Prestipino 05-21-2009 4:06 PM

Not a paid advertisement Dean (I have never, nor will I ever accept payment for weblog posts or articles at but as you might gather from seeing it in the print magazine and online, 1&1 is an advertiser. They are also one of the largest hosting companies and domain sellers on the Internet. That means that the services and products they provide impact a lot of people. I know that many of our readers use 1&1 hosting. Website Magazine has a responsibility to inform them of new services - just like we would with GoDaddy services, Yahoo services or Google services. Website Magazine is a magazine for Web professionals and those professionals come with many different levels of expertise - some are going to be great designers, others just want to access to tools like this. While I hand code sites and prefer that my designers do the same, I certainly won't hide the fact that those services exist. We do our best at Website Magazine to balance content between the two groups - for example check out the article on jQuery plugins and Twitter which was published last week. I hope I've answered your question on whether this is a true blog post or just a paid advertisement.

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