06/26/2006 Hosting Industry News Briefing

Here’s your hosting industry briefing for 06/26/2006

Web.com Rescinds Acquisition

After spending between $3 and $4 million, Web.com, formerly Interland.com, announced that they have filed documents to rescind their acquisition of WebSourceMedia. The company plans to recoup this loss through legal remedies.

The reason behind Web.com’s decision appears to be an FTC action that was filed in “United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas against WebSource Media and its members that alleges unfair and deceptive acts and business practices prior to the acquisition.”

According to the FTC, Web.com was not named in the suit, since the alleged bad conduct occurred before their acquisition attempts began. The court stated that, “Web.com has been appointed to manage the business operations of WebSource Media as an agent of the receiver.”


LiveGate Upgrades to ASP.net

LiveGate, a provider of hosting services, announced that they upgraded all of their Unix customers to the ASP.NET framework without a hitch. In addition, all of the company’s Unix Enterprise shared hosting customers have been upgraded to the Tomcat JSP Servelet system.

“This upgrade put’s LiveGate.Net at the level we want to be at, the top,” says Rob Baptist, CEO and chairman of LiveGate. “We now offer hosting solutions to our customers that they would only dream of getting at elsewhere.”

According to the company, they specialize in providing, “Web hosting and online services to small and medium businesses, providing them with the knowledge, services and tools to build, manage and promote businesses online. It offers a wide range of online services, including standardized Web hosting, e-commerce, application hosting, and Web site development, marketing and optimization tools.”


WebFaction Rolls out New Control Panel

WebFaction, a hosting provider, announced that they are offering all of their current and new customers a brand new control panel. The company stated that the new panel will be of real use both to regular customers and to developers.

According to the company, “The new control panel uses an intuitive Ajax interface, which simplifies the installing of applications such as Ruby on Rails, WordPress, Django and PHP, then connects them to domains. The interface enables users to configure other aspects of the account, such as managing emails, databases and using the support system, in just a few clicks.”

Screenshots of the new panel can be viewed at http://blog.webfaction.com/control-panel-demo

WebFaction was established in 2003 and previously operated under the name Python Hosting.


1and1.com Offers New SEO Tool

1and1.com, a popular company offering discount domain name registration and hosting solutions, announced that they have debuted a new SEO tool for their customers.

According to the company, all of their customers can now enjoy the, “SimpleSubmission tool which automatically submits two customer URLs to major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN, and features a check for URL suitability. It includes features such as Meta Tag Generator, Meta Tag and Keyword Analysis, Competitor Analysis and Load-time Analysis, and the tool provides real-time tracking and reporting, claims the company. Additionally, SimpleSEO is offered to all 1&1 customers on a free 90 Day Test Drive.

“Even though every Internet user is familiar with Search Engines, only a few users have the expertise to use these engines to get listed at the top of a page without spending a lot of money,” said Andreas Gauger, Chairman 1&1 Internet. “We now offer free submission and a great tool for conquering search engines that is all-inclusive and highly affordable. These tools will ensure that our customers’ websites have an even greater impact.”

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