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When Brian and Carolyn McFadden first learned about Costco’s
Web site hosting service co-branded with Affinity Internet Inc., they Costco offers tickets
couldn’t believe what a value it was. For half the cost of the service they were already using, they could have a site with twice the to big hits on Broadway
amount of storage space.
The McFaddens had realized two years ago that a practical way
for a photography studio like theirs to market its services would be
to build a Web site loaded with work samples. But the technical
aspects seemed overwhelming, so they sought the help of a Web-design firm and found one with a package deal: design work plus a
hosted site for a monthly
fee. That made the design
firm a middleman between
the McFaddens and the
Costco’s Online Entertain- this South African percussion
ment Ticketing service has ensemble spectacle. Orchestra
booked some great Broadway seats are available through
show seats for two big hits in November 30 with savings of 30
October and November. to 40 percent.
Web hosting company.
All went well until they
ran into one major obstacle. “No e-mail was coming
to me through the site
when it went live,” Brian
recalls. “Since e-mail is the
lifeblood for a business like
ours, this is where the service really fell apart. It took The McFaddens successfully use
weeks to resolve the prob- the Web to generate new business.
lem, during which there’s
no telling how much business was lost.”
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So no more middlemen for the McFaddens. Now, with a new site
through Costco and Affinity, Brian and his son Rory are doing all the Ameriprise expands auto
design work. They’ve even taken advantage of the free Web site
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choice of more than 40 professionally designed templates.
“On top of the no-brainer value of twice the space at half the
cost, the direct access to all of the Value Web tracking features and
free tools is a big bonus,” Brian reports. “We don’t have the design
talent that we were paying for with our first site, but my son and I
are learning a lot. We’ve added Flash animation and music, and it’s
really working out pretty neat.”
Costco Executive Members pay only $14.95 per month and a
$10 setup fee for a Value Web-hosted site, which includes 5,000 MB
of storage and 200 e-mail mailboxes. Gold Star and Business members pay $17.95 per month plus a $20 setup fee.
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