Getting online just became much, much easier for small business.

Finally! A professional website solution that makes $ense... and dollars!

Vancouver, BC, January 10, 2005 - Webnames.ca, in partnership with SOHO, have developed a unique website builder solution for small business called Webnames.ca Web Builder that requires no special software, design ability or technical experience and allows users to build, update and maintain a professional website from any computer using Internet Explorer. The all-in-one solution includes all associated costs such as domain registration, multiple e-mail accounts, web hosting and the Web Builder interface in one low price starting at CAD$7.50 per month.

Of the 2.2 million small businesses in Canada only 31.5% have an online web presence. Why? The issue is not cost. Today, there are many products in the market that are cost-effective but small business professionals are typically not experts in web development and don’t have the additional time required to get their website up on the internet and keep it updated. This takes away from their core business and what they do best. Many small businesses that have websites recognize that their online presence is not effective because their sites are not updated often enough and they offer no interaction with site visitors and customers or have e-commerce capability.

Webnames.ca Web Builder is the perfect solution for small business as it requires no special software, design ability or technical experience and allows anyone to build, update and maintain a professional website from any computer using Internet Explorer. Plans range from $7.50 per month (5-page website) to $30 per month (150 page website and added features) to accommodate for simple needs to more sophisticated requirements. Depending on the plan, users can choose from over 60 templates designed for all types of businesses combined with rich features such as website traffic reports, feedback forms, galleries, e-commerce settings, product pages, newsletters, visitor polls, visitor/customer password protected login, events calendar and more. E-mail accounts are also included with spam filtering, virus checking, POP and IMAP, web mail, alias/forwarding and 10Mb of storage.

Webnames.ca will use Web Builder to build your new site or convert your existing site free of charge. Webnames.ca will build your site, set up your e-mail and give you a personal tour at no extra cost! "The Web Builder Kickstart service removes the risk and saves small businesses time." says Steve Smith, President of Webnames.ca.

Smith adds, "At the 8th Annual SOHO-SME Business Conference & Expo last October, we were very pleased with the overwhelming response to Web Builder by small business. The conference helped us understand what was important and needed by small business when it came to their online presence. We are excited to work with SOHO to support these needs and deliver the right solutions for its small business customers in Canada."

SOHO introduces key business essentials for small business and implements these benefits based on three key criteria: 1. how cost effective and affordable is it for the end user; 2. how simple is the product/service to deploy; and 3. what is the reputation of the partner and their quality of service and support it can provide to the end user. "Web Builder is the right solution for any business that wants to get online or improve their existing online presence, quickly and cost-effectively," says Moe Somani, President/CEO of SOHO. "We are very excited about the partnership with Webnames.ca. They have demonstrated their ability to service our 25,000+ subscribers with superior products and outstanding service. We not only saw the cost-effectiveness of the solution but also the tremendous features and simplicity for small business. Clearly, Webnames.ca met our criteria when we chose their solution and we are 100% confident it will help small business be more productive, more successful and save time and money."

At www.soho.ca interested individuals can learn more about the Webnames.ca Web Builder solution and complete a "Request For Information" on-line and receive a 15-Day Trial, special SOHO exclusive rate and Web Builder at no additional cost. Don't forget to ask about the time limited offer for Webnames.ca to build your site for you.

About SOHO Business Group

SOHO is a national membership-based marketing company that connects small and medium size businesses with unique benefits, tools, resources, and events focused on the success and growth of business. Known for helping businesses save money on key business essentials and also for its signature event; the annual SOHO-SME Business Conference held annually during Small Business Week, SOHO has developed partnerships with Canada's leading edge companies to deliver services that make a positive difference in the growth of small and medium size businesses. Members within the organization can access special discounts and group rates for various products and services such as wireless communications, internet services, office equipment, insurance benefits, advertising and marketing, business development and training, and more.

About Webnames.ca Inc.

Webnames.ca Inc.(www.webnames.ca) is a Canadian leader in internet solutions offering a full suite of services including domain name registration and management, advanced DNS, design, e-mail, web hosting, Webnames.ca Web Builder Solutions and much more. Webnames.ca is the most experienced Registrar in Canada, having spun-off from the internet pioneers who founded and managed the .CA domain extension since 1987. Powerful online systems are built to standards of reliability and versatility required by Canada’s Fortune 500, but simple enough for small and SOHO businesses and novices to use. Commitment to customer service is unparalleled in the industry with toll free technical support in English and French.

Media Contacts:

Moe Somani, President/CEO
SOHO Business Group
www.soho.ca
E-mail: moe@soho.ca
Tel: 604.929.8250 / 1.800.290.7646

Steve Smith, President
Webnames.ca
www.webnames.ca
E-mail: steves@webnames.ca
Tel: 1.866.221.7878

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