Yahoo pushes premium Web hosting services

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Furthering its move from free to fee services, Internet portal and communication company Yahoo Inc. introduced two new GeoCities Web hosting packages Monday, aimed at advanced and small-business users.

GeoCities Plus offers users site-building tools, 25M bytes of storage, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access and increased bandwidth for sharing photo and graphics files, the company said. The Plus package costs US$4.95 a month, with a one-time $10 setup fee.

For small business users, Yahoo is offering its new GeoCities Advantage package, which offers 20 SiteWizard templates and advanced editing tools and 100M bytes of storage. The Advantage package also comes with a domain name and up to 15 sub domains, as well as Yahoo Mail Business Edition which provides five separate 25M-byte mailboxes. Additionally, the small business edition has PHP (personal home page tools) scripting abilities, which allow users to make Web sites that can be tailored to each visitor, the company said.

GeoCities Advantage package costs $19.95 a month plus a one-time $25 setup fee.

The Sunnyvale, California-based company has been emphasizing fee-based content and services since the burst of the Internet ad bubble. In addition to charging for bells and whistles associated with its e-mail and financial services, it also began offering premium search content in January.

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