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LaGarde Expands StoreFront Software Offering to Include Support for PayPal.

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LAWRENCE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2001

LaGarde, a leading global provider of e-commerce software, today announced the integration of PayPal into its StoreFront 5.0 software line.

LaGarde's support for PayPal's transaction processing systems marks the first commercially distributed, boxed e-commerce software product to feature integrated support for PayPal.

StoreFront's PayPal integration is expanding LaGarde's industry-leading position in providing affordable e-commerce solutions to the small-business sector. PayPal is an instant and secure online payment service that allows people and businesses to send and receive money by e-mail from bank accounts or credit cards. By integrating PayPal into the StoreFront software, LaGarde can further address the needs of small-business merchants by offering them a quick and easy option for payment processing without the need of a merchant account. This added functionality allows merchants a free and reliable payment service with no monthly fees or additional setup costs.

"We are seeing dramatic increases in the number of fixed-price merchants who wish to use PayPal in their non-auction web store operations," said Bob LaGarde, CEO and founder of LaGarde. "LaGarde's integration of support for PayPal into StoreFront 5.0 is critical for enabling these small business owners to enter the e-commerce market."

About LaGarde

LaGarde, Inc. (www.lagarde.com) is an e-commerce software development firm headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas. Its focus is to provide business applications software for the Internet, and its StoreFront suite of e-commerce solutions has been providing web merchants and developers with powerful e-commerce tools since 1998. With a rapidly growing customer base of more than 20,000 StoreFront web stores in over 70 countries, LaGarde is leading the field of Microsoft FrontPage e-commerce software providers. LaGarde recently extended its international scope, establishing an office presence in the United Kingdom last month. The recent release of StoreFront 5.0 has further expanded its reach by adding advanced product management, discounting, customer service, design, sales reporting and marketing features to the proven StoreFront line.

About PayPal

With more than six million members, PayPal (www.paypal.com) is the world's first and largest Internet-based payment network, and the No. 1 financial site on the Internet, according to PC Data Online. PayPal is the preferred payment service for online auctions, online community and group web sites, and is seeing tremendous growth in use for e-commerce. PayPal members send over $7 million in more than 150,000 payments each day. Free to consumers, PayPal can be used from PCs or web-enabled mobile phones. A privately held company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, PayPal was recently named one of the 50 Most Important Private Companies in the World by Red Herring, and one of the Top 25 New Companies by Fortune Small Business. The PayPal web site has been cited as among the "Best of the Web" by Forbes, Time, and U.S. News & World Report.
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