WebsPlanet Eclipse platform enables customers to edit their Facebook and website from a central platform, shown here in a WHIR demo

Web Host Hostway Offers Customers WebsPlanet Website Builder

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Website building software developer WebsPlanet announced on Monday that web hosting provider Hostway will offer its Eclipse online presence building platform to customers.

According to the press release, Hostway has agreed to offer the full suite of WebsPlanet solutions including the DIY website builder, Do-It-For-Me, and will use WebsPlanet’s automatic site creation tool to acquire new customers.

There are several website builders aimed towards web hosting providers, and Eclipse goes beyond just offering a website builder to offering what it calls an “online presence” builder, incorporating Facebook, a mobile website and a traditional website, all managed from one central platform.

“Until today, web hosts offered customers traditional and conservative ways to build websites,” Dvir Ben-Aroya, WebsPlanet EVP of international customers said in an interview with the WHIR. “If they wanted mobile sites, they had to co-operate with several vendors.”

In March, WebsPlanet announced a partnership with ecommerce storefront software provider Ecwid, and packaged its online presence builder for web hosts to white label. Two weeks ago, the WHIR posted a demo of the Eclipse website builder.

WebsPlanet Eclipse platform can be hosted on-premise, cloud, or as a shared application.

“The fact that our Eclipse platform powers a range of solutions and can be integrated with virtually any offering means a great deal to our customers,” Guy Karolizki, WebsPlanet founder and CEO said in a statement. “The fact that Hostway is now equipped to actively acquire new customers in various stages of their online lifecycle and offer them long-term value is a real game-changer for this market.”

The automatic site creation tool will help Hostway generate mass quantites of websites and mobile sites that are end-user branded and ready to activate. This tool enables hosts to email customers the website, and allow customers to claim the site that is already built for them. WebsPlanet says it uses a hosts’ existing database, and creates a website with the end-users logo, and contact details. Once a customer claims a site, it can change the content easily.

“We’re excited about the WebsPlanet platform and the new possibilities it is opening up for us,” Todd Benjamin, VP of hosted services for Hostway said in a statement. “Our customers are looking for easy ways to harness the Internet, including the incorporation of social media and wireless venues to improve their businesses and their digital experience.”

Talk back: Are you offering a website builder to your customers? Does the Facebook integration that WebsPlanet offers make it a more useful platform? Let us know in the comment section.

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Nicole Henderson is the Editor in Chief of the WHIR, where she covers daily news and features online. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. You can find her on Twitter @NicoleHenderson.

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