Bell Atlantic offers online Web site creation for small business

Bell Atlantic offers online Web site creation for
small business

Web@Once Self Serve uses 'point-and-click' technology

May 5, 1999


Phil Santoro,
(978) 762-1326

Middleton, Mass. -- If you run a small
business and you can "point and click," you can launch your
own Web site within minutes.

That's the word today from Bell Atlantic, which announced its new
Web@OnceSM Self ServeSM, a
Web development tool that enables small
businesses to build their own Web site easily and inexpensively.

Priced at $19.95 per month, Web@Once Self Serve was designed and
is marketed by Bell Atlantic as an alternative to off-the-shelf Web site
creation software.

"Making life easier for small business is
what Web@Once is all about," said Joe Kellagher, director of
Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services. "For many
small businesses, off-the-shelf software can be
complicated and require too much time and patience to use. And for
businesses that are just getting started on the Web, hiring a Web design
firm can be time consuming and costly. Web@Once Self-Serve
solves these issues by providing the ease of 'point-and-click' technology
and an affordable price."

Web@Once Self-Serve requires no software, programming or design
expertise. Customers simply fill in the blanks on each page to create a
customized Web site. Customers may choose from 20 professionally
designed page styles, may add their own graphics or use the
Web@Once graphics library.
A Web@Once Self-Serve site may be up to seven pages in size and

  • Unique domain name (www.companyname.com),

  • A vanity e-mail address (person's

  • An e-mail auto responder that automatically sends a
    "thank you" or other message in response to
    messages sent to your e-mail address.

  • Monthly usage statistics that tell you the number of visits
    to your site, date and time
    of the visit and more.

  • Hosting, with a 99.9 percent "uptime"

  • 24-hour technical support

For an additional $20 per month, Web@Once customers can purchase
a link in BigYellowSM, Bell Atlantic's online shopping
directory. BigYellow, in conjunction with GTE SuperPagesTM, is the
leading shopping directory on the Internet and is the exclusive online
Yellow Pages service for the 17 million members of the America Online
Service, AOL.com, and AOL's Digital City.

To promote the new service, Bell Atlantic is waiving the $50 set-up fee
through May 30. Additional Web@Once features are described at

Web@Once Self Serve complements the recently announced
Web@Once Full Service offering, which appeals to the segment of
the market looking for a low cost, turn-key solution and comes complete
with professional copywriting services.

Web@Once and BigYellow are offered by Bell Atlantic Electronic
Commerce Services, a division of Bell Atlantic Directory Group, the
world's largest publisher of printed and electronic shopping directories,
connecting buyers and sellers in the U.S. and in China, Poland, Greece,
Gibraltar, and the Czech and Slovak republics.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines
and 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies
are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market
leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory
information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest
investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations
and investments in 23 countries.