12/14/06

Verio Gives Small Businesses the E-Commerce Boost This Holiday Season

Kurt Peters , Executive Editor

ShopSite 8.1 helps customers build & manage advanced "e-stores" with ease

Centennial, Colo., December 12, 2006 - Verio, a leading provider of hosting and managed services for small to midsized companies and partners, today announced that it rolled-out for its Web hosting customers, the latest version of the popular Web-based shopping cart tool that lets businesses create and manage successful online stores. Offering the latest innovations in online transactions and security, ShopSite 8.1 empowers small businesses to manage enhanced online stores with ease.

ShopSite 8.1 does not require the installation of any software on a customer`s PC as it`s handled directly by Verio. The simple, easy to understand interface for managing ShopSite will guide even the most inexperienced online merchant through the process of designing a successful store, without ever having to learn HTML. For more experienced Verio ShopSite customers, administrators can opt to use an advanced interface to customize the way their store looks and feels.

DY Home Décor - an online retail store that sells a broad selection of distinctive home décor merchandise, including wallpaper, border, murals, cutouts, fabric and home accents - found that integrating ShopSite into the company`s existing Web site was an intuitive and easy process. "We had a pre-existing shopping cart developed for our Web site that was not meeting our expectations or the continued growth of our business," said Brian Wilkinson, co-owner of DYHomeDecor.com. "After searching for a better solution, we selected Verio Web hosting with the ShopSite tool, which has not only integrated seamlessly with our site, but has also provided our customers with the highest level of security and sophisticated features that make shopping at our site an enjoyable experience."

As DY Home Décor begins to expand its operations, Wilkinson explained that the benefits of such features as FedEx real-time shipping quotes will soon come in handy. "We`re about to expand our business globally, allowing us to reach customers from all over the world. Verio`s ShopSite with FedEx real-time quotes will be the perfect compliment to our global shipping capabilities."

ShopSite 8.1 is compatible with multiple payment processing services, including PayPal, Authorize.Net and WorldPay, making it easy for Verio hosting customers to process secure payments in real time. Support for the new Google Checkout allows merchants to accept credit card payments without having to obtain a merchant account. Verio customers who configure ShopSite according to the Payment Card Industry Security Practices guidelines can be confident that their credit card and order information is safe and secure. ShopSite 8.1 is certified by VISA as a Payment Application Best Practices applicant and will automatically pass purchasing information by Verisign`s Fraud Control system, providing small businesses true peace of mind. Additionally, a new auction integration function allows customers with eBay seller accounts to offer up products for auction on eBay directly from his or her ShopSite back office interface.

ShopSite 8.1 offers customers a multitude of additional functionality, combining its unparalleled ease-of-use with powerful marketing tools and Verio`s tenure as a leading Web hosting services provider to give small business everything they need to grow.

"By incorporating a direct e-commerce solution such as ShopSite into their Web sites, Verio customers can help to increase customer loyalty by improving the shopping experience on their sites," said Dennis Boyle, chief operating officer for Verio. "The ability to create an advanced online store in minutes, without complex installation or cost, is just another example of how we champion small business innovation."

Availability
ShopSite 8.1 Starter comes preinstalled with Verio`s Hosting 2000 and Windows eStorefront hosting plans and can be added to other Verio hosting plans for $9 per month. Customers requiring more robust shopping cart functionality can upgrade ShopSite to the Manager or Pro level for an additional monthly fee. The solution is available to customers and partners worldwide, including resellers and wholesale partners. More information on Verio`s ShopSite offerings can be found at www.verio.com/ecommerce-hosting-solutions/.

About Verio
Verio Inc. is a leading provider of Web hosting and managed services serving the online business needs of SMB companies and partners worldwide, and is a subsidiary of NTT Communications, which provides complementary global network access reaching over 200 countries worldwide. The company focuses on how to help companies and partners achieve their business goals with functional hosting solutions, applications and services that enable them to drive success online. Verio supports its operations with highly reliable and scalable global infrastructure and systems including the NTT Communications Global IP Network, and provides business solutions to customers and partners in more than 146 countries. More information can be found at www.verio.com.

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eBay, NTT Communications Corp, Online shopping, Web hosting service, World Wide Web

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