Yahoo pushes premium Web hosting services

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

GeoCities Plus offers users site-building tools, 25MB of storage, file transfer protocol access and increased bandwidth for sharing photo and graphics files, the company said. The Plus package costs $4.95 a month, with a one-time $10 setup fee.

For small business users, Yahoo is offering its GeoCities Advantage package, which offers 20 SiteWizard templates and advanced editing tools and 100MB of storage. The Advantage package also comes with a domain name and up to 15 subdomains, as well as Yahoo Mail Business Edition, which provides five separate 25MB mailboxes. Additionally, the small-business edition has 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, Calif.-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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