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Intuit adds VeriSign support for site design product

Users of QuickBooks Site Solutions, Intuit's Web site design service for small businesses, will have their data storage and Web site hosting functions transferred to VeriSign.

The QuickBooks Site Solutions service allows users to build small Web sites, which were described as "marketing brochures" by Terry Hicks, director of QuickBooks business services for Intuit, without having to learn HTML.

VeriSign will offer Intuit customers its suite of Web hosting and payment gateway services, while Intuit will remain involved with future developments to the service, including tighter integration of Intuit's QuickBooks Web-based accounting service, he said.

The service, which will be renamed QuickBooks Web Site Solutions Powered by VeriSign, will provide users, for $19.95 (£13) a month, with a five-page Web site, domain registration with any available top-level domain for one year, POP (Post Office Protocol) e-mail with one e-mail box and up to three e-mail addresses and e-mail forwarding, said Raynor Dahlquist, director of product management for VeriSign. The companies have a revenue-sharing agreement in place, said Hicks.

VeriSign will also provide users with a one-off free 30-minute consultation with a Web site designer, to ensure all data and graphical information on a user's current Web site doesn't get lost in the transition, she said.

The transition period will begin by the end of this week, with completion expected around April of 2002, the companies said in a release. An upgrade is planned for sometime next year which will enable e-commerce transactions through the hosted Web site, said Dahlquist. The upgrade will cost $29.95 a month, she said.

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