July 8, 2008
Concentric(R) Online Tutorial Provides Small and Mid-Size Businesses Tools to Fortify Their Web Business
Concentric(R) announced today the free "Creating an Online Presence" Web tutorial designed to give small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) the building blocks to extend their business to the Web. The online tutorial is available at the SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Businesses" Web site at http://www.score.org/online_courses.html. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. By leveraging their online presence, SMBs can gain valuable tips and strategy to fortify their business.
The Concentric Web strategy online tutorial provides SMBs with a one-stop educational resource. After taking the tutorial, SMBs will have valuable information they can use to create an online presence. Coupled with Concentric's professional Web site packages, Concentric provides SMBs with everything needed to plan, design, implement and maintain their Web site and email communications.
"A Web site is a powerful extension of a business that can't be denied," said Barbara Branaman, executive vice president, product and marketing of Concentric. "Having a strong Web presence will increase a business's visibility, branding and revenue. We have been providing SMBs with education and services for more than 10 years and are committed to providing our customers with the tools for business success."
SMBs who review the online Web strategy tutorial will be educated and receive tips on the following:
-- What type of Web site would be beneficial for their business -- How to get started creating a Web site -- How to select a Web host and plan -- What is needed for Web content -- If the Web site can be managed and maintained internally or externally -- How to market the Web site -- Additional resource links for further education
Concentric's professional Web site packages provide a flexible suite of options for SMBS. The package options include:
-- Web Site Design: Providing customers with Web site design or redesign, including 17 hours of design and production time and eight hours of maintenance and updates for the Web site over a 12-month term. Included is a Concentric hosting account, a "Contact Us" form, configuration of users and email accounts, search engine optimization, Google Analytics set-up, and thirty minutes of Google Analytics training.
-- Web Site Migration: Designed for organizations that already have a Web site but want to move it to Concentric's hosting platform and need help with routine maintenance and enhancements. Included in this package is a Concentric hosting account, configuration of users and email accounts, optimization for search engines, Google Analytics with thirty minutes of training, and eight hours of maintenance and updates over the 12-month term.
-- Web Site Maintenance: Is ideal for customers who have a Web site and need resources to perform ongoing maintenance or make enhancements. The Basic Package includes HTML, content updates, and hosting administrative help. The Advance Package covers more advanced tasks such as ecommerce set-up, PHP coding, databases, and Content Management Systems. These packages are sold at a discounted rate with a minimum contract time of eight hours and a 12-month agreement.
Pricing and Availability
The Web strategy online tutorial offered by Concentric and SCORE is free and available now at any time for viewing. To view the online tutorial visit http://www.score.org/online_courses.html
Click on "Learn Online" and then the "Creating an Online Presence" hyperlink.
Also, Concentric's professional Web site services are available through Concentric's Web site at http://www.concentric.com. The Web Site Design Package is priced at $89.95 a month. The Web Site Migration package is priced at $69.95 a month. All packages are based on a 12-month agreement with a three-month prepay and include Web site hosting and email. For further information on Concentric's Web Site services packages or custom services please visit http://www.concentric.com or call (866) 500-9696.
Concentric provides Web site and email hosting and hosted IT services including enterprise-class domain management and perimeter email protection. Concentric delivers superior performance, reliability, and security and is the only Web hosting service to hold a patent for its Clustered Hosting architecture. Concentric accounts are backed by a three month Satisfaction Guarantee, 24x7 customer support, and a 99.9% SLA. Concentric is a business unit of XO Communications. For more information, visit http://www.Concentric.com or call (866) 500-9696.
About XO Communications
XO, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading provider of 21st century communications services for businesses and communications services providers, including Fortune 500 and leading cable companies, carriers, content providers, and mobile operators. Utilizing its unique and powerful nationwide IP network and extensive local metro networks and broadband wireless facilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services in 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.
For more information contact: Donna Michaels Loughlin Michaels Group Email Contact (408) 370-5226
SOURCE: Concentric; XO Communications