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Web Hosting Company Netfirms Launches Better than DedicatedTM Hosting Platform
Meets the Needs of Leading Edge Open Source Web Developers Worldwide
Toronto, ON - December 7, 2005
- Netfirms, Inc. today introduced its Better Than DedicatedTM web development environment, an innovative hosting platform designed to give small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) enterprise-class features and capabilities at an affordable price. The Better Than Dedicated platform packages together leading edge Open Source web programming tools with increased disk space and bandwidth typically only available with dedicated servers.
Newly released programming tools include Ruby On Rails, PHP 5, MySQL 4.1, Python and Secure Shell (SSH). Additionally, disk space and bandwidth allowances have been upgraded to 40 GB (Gigabytes), 1.5 TB (Terabytes) per month respectively. The Better Than Dedicated platform is included with the popular Netfirms Advantage and Netfirms Business web hosting plans, priced from $9.95 - $14.95 per month.
"Netfirms is committed to providing web developers with the tools they need to build better websites for their SMB customers," said Jason Matheson, Product Manager, Netfirms. "By offering production grade features typically only found on expensive dedicated servers, we are underscoring that commitment".
The Netfirms Better Than Dedicated platform sets a new standard for secure, load-balanced, low-cost, high value web hosting.
About Ruby On Rails
Ruby on Rails is a rapidly growing Open Source Web 2.0 application framework that allows for websites to be developed quickly and easily. It was originally conceived by web pioneers 37Signals, and powers thousands of enterprise class websites worldwide. For more information about Ruby On Rails visit http://www.rubyonrails.org.
About PHP
PHP is the world's most widely used web programming language according to Netcraft*. Version 5 is the latest and features enhanced XML processing, objects and database integration. Supporters of PHP include Google and Yahoo!. To learn more, visit http://www.php.net.
About MySQL
MySQL is the industry standard Open Source Database server. Version 4.1 introduces enterprise speed and stability along with a fully ACID-compliant storage engine. For additional information visit http://www.mysql.org.
Google is a trademark of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
*Netcraft, 2005 Web Server Usage Survey http://www.netcraft.com/
About Netfirms
Netfirms, Inc., founded in 1998, is the premier provider of web hosting solutions and technology to successful small and medium-sized businesses, home office, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide. Netfirms hosts over 1,200,000 websites, delivering trust, quality, and reliability each and every day. With offices in the U.S. and Canada, Netfirms is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world.

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Media Contact:
Christopher Hebert, Marketing Manager
Netfirms Inc., 416-661-2100 x260 chrish@netfirms.com