FAQs on the Sale of ShopSite
Provo, Utah, June 29, 2001 -- ShopSite has been purchased by ShopSite Inc., a new company owned and staffed by the people who originally created ShopSite. Here are some questions and answers regarding the sale.
Q: Why was ShopSite sold?
A: Since Open Market's merger with Future Tense, the company's focus has changed from e-commerce to content management aimed at large Fortune 1000 companies. As part of that change in focus, it no longer made sense for Open Market to keep the ShopSite product line, which is aimed at small- to medium-sized merchants.
Q: How does the sale affect the product line?
A: Short-term there is no effect. The ShopSite team has been busy enhancing the product for the next release which will be out later this year. Longer-term it allows the team to focus even more on delivering the features our merchants want as well as striking partnerships in the interests of our merchants.
Q: Is support affected?
A: No, the ShopSite team will continue to support our partners. We will continue to maintain the knowledgebase, newsgroup, and list server for our partners and users. We will also soon be adding direct support options for any end-users that are no longer hosted at a ShopSite partner.
Q: Will the price of ShopSite change?
A: ShopSite is sold by our partners and they set the price. Our current pricing to our partners remains in effect.
Q: Is it really true that the original ShopSite team is running ShopSite, Inc.?
A: Yes, the people that developed ShopSite and have been coding, supporting, testing, and selling ShopSite under Open Market are now owners of ShopSite, Inc. This includes many of the original team that came to Open Market when they purchased ShopSite three years ago from ICentral, Inc.
Q: So this is a good thing?
A: Yes, definitely! This is great news for ShopSite merchants, partners, and employees!
ShopSite, Inc. is a private company based in Orem, Utah, and has provided electronic commerce software for the small- to medium-sized business since 1996. The company's software is an online catalog and shopping cart system that is extremely powerful and easy to learn. With ShopSite software, merchants can manage their online stores entirely, regardless of their technical background-there's no HTML coding required.
ShopSite is sold by hundreds of reseller partners, including hosting companies such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, LexiConn, pair Networks, HostMonster, and YourHost.com. Merchant web sites using ShopSite include: Tony Packos, e- Wedding Bands, MyBambino, W+S Water Safety Europe GmbH and thousands of others.
The ShopSite family includes five products:
A comprehensive list of features in all ShopSite products can be found at www.shopsite.com/scchecklist.html.
ShopSite is server-based software that works with existing Web browsers, which means that merchants do not need to download or install anything on their desktop in order to create and manage a ShopSite store. Merchants can preview a demo version of ShopSite and obtain pricing information by visiting www.shopsite.com.
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