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CNET News.com: Dell to include NetObjects software with hosting service

Jun 30, 2000, 13:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Computer giant Dell launched DellHost on Feb. 22 and greatly enhanced its features in May, retooling for small and medium-sized businesses. With the new offerings, DellHost hopes to build beyond the 2,000 customers from its initial growth spurt, said Tim Mattox, general manager of Dell Hosting Group."

"The biggest benefactor may not be Dell customers but NetObjects, which has been fighting off the advances of competing product Microsoft FrontPage. Microsoft's bundling of FrontPage with Windows NT server and some versions of Office 2000 has made it an increasingly tough competitor. "We've been working a long time on this," said NetObjects chief executive Samir Arora. "This is probably the most significant deal NetObjects has ever done."

"DellHost, like its competitors, offers two types of hosting: shared and dedicated. Shared hosting puts more than one Web site on a server and costs considerably less than does dedicated hosting, which devotes an entire server to one site. Dedicated hosting is available using either Linux or Windows 2000. "Our customers tend to split about evenly between the two, even though we can charge less for the Linux hosting because we don't have the cost of the operating system," Mattox said."

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