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Homestead Helps Customers Say Bye-Bye to Ugly Websites With Launch of QuickSites; Homestead QuickSites Offers Professionally Designed Websites at a Fraction of Designer Prices; With No Software to Install, Small Businesses and Consumers Can Customize Sites in Minutes.

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Homestead Technologies Inc. today launched Homestead QuickSites, the easiest, fastest way to get a professionally designed website at an affordable price. Unlike do-it-yourself services that require downloading software and creating a site from scratch, QuickSites lets small businesses and consumers start with a complete website and personalize it in minutes. Available today at http://www.homestead.com/, QuickSites offers hundreds of professionally designed sites that have been customized for dozens of small business and consumer purposes, including restaurants, professional services, weddings, and more.

"With the introduction of our new Homestead QuickSites service, we're allowing our customers to say goodbye to ugly websites once and for all," said Justin Kitch, CEO of Homestead. "QuickSites lets small businesses and consumers buy a professionally designed site that is built for their exact purpose and customize it themselves. Until today, it cost literally thousands of dollars to get a professionally designed website. Now our customers can buy one for a fraction of that, complete with professional images and copy, which they can change whenever they want for free."

Using the QuickSite Editor, customers can quickly and easily customize the content of a site design to incorporate their own text, logo, images, map, weblog, pages and navigation. Also, QuickSites customers do not have to rely on a designer or programmer each time they want to make a change to their site. QuickSites customers can update their sites themselves, anytime and anywhere that they can access the Internet. In addition, Homestead QuickSites offers the following features:

-- QuickSite Marketplace -- Customers can choose from hundreds of professionally designed sites created by dozens of professional designers. Each design was created with the needs of real world businesses, organizations or individuals in mind. QuickSites come with multiple pages and content adapted for each industry or purpose.

-- Integrated hosting and one-click publishing -- When signing up for a new account, QuickSites customers receive everything they need to get their site live on the Internet, including secure and reliable hosting, a domain name, email accounts, storage and bandwidth. Homestead provides real-time site statistics such as the number of visitors and page views.

-- Blogging -- Specific designs include the ability to incorporate weblogs through syndication feeds for dynamic, fresh content.

-- Ecommerce -- Homestead StoreFront can be added to any QuickSite to provide a full-featured, robust online shopping experience.

-- Interactive maps -- QuickSites customers can display their company's location simply by inputting their address.

-- QuickSite Concierge Service -- QuickSite Concierges are available through the QuickSite Concierge Hotline to make instant changes to site content and images, adjust page layouts, and provide professional assistance in changing colors, fonts or other design elements.

Advanced Functionality to Grow with a Business' Needs

Homestead's web professionals can also provide additional features and functionality for organizations with more advanced needs. For example, Homestead designers can help create a logo, change the color of a design to match an existing color scheme, incorporate the Multiple Listing Service for real estate firms, or connect to an online reservation system for restaurants. And as a business grows, Homestead can continue to address its website needs, whether it needs a custom database or help creating a multimedia product demo.

Pricing

Homestead QuickSites ranges in price from only $49 to $499 and can be customized and viewed by others before being purchased. A typical hosting package includes a domain name, email, site statistics, storage and bandwidth for less than $20 a month. QuickSite Concierge Service costs just $5 a month. Professional design services are also available for an additional fee.

About Homestead

Homestead Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of simple and affordable web design services for small businesses, non-profits and individuals. Millions have used Homestead's site design, hosting, marketing and e-commerce capabilities to create highly customized websites. Homestead's new service, Homestead QuickSites, is the easiest, fastest way to get a professionally designed website at an affordable price. The company is based in Menlo Park, California, and its services are available at http://www.homestead.com/.

NOTE: Homestead and Homestead QuickSites are trademarks of Homestead Technologies, Inc., Menlo Park, CA. All other product or company names are used for information or identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Jody Kramer, +1-650-906-9842, or jody@gmkcommunications.com, or Stephanie Gnibus, +1-408-776-9727, or stephanie@gmkcommunications.com, both of Homestead Technologies Inc.

Web site: http://www.homestead.com/
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