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Netfirms Offers Newly-versioned XLR8 Control Panel
Netfirms has launched a new version of its easy-to-use control panel, dubbed Netfirms XLR8. The new control panel is easier and faster to use and enables small businesses to enjoy all the benefits of clustered hosting and Web 2.0 cloud computing.

BUFFALO,NY and TORONTO, ON October 27, 2008-- Netfirms, Inc. (http://www.netfirms.com/) the domain registration and web hosting technology company, has launched Netfirms XLR8, the newest version of its easy-to-use control panel.

The control panel is now available to the more than 1.2 million Websites, worldwide, hosted by Netfirms.

At the request of users, Netfirms has improved the usability of XLR8 by adding a domain transfer status bar to show how quickly transfers are occurring, plus a knowledgebase to make troubleshooting easier.

A new-look menu bar simplifies navigation, streamlines the transfer of domains to Netfirms, and makes it easy to manage a large portfolio of domains. Other changes enable users to take full advantage of faster server speeds, further enhancing their Netfirms XLR8 experience. Users can seamlessly install into their domains a wealth of e-commerce, blogging and content management applications offered by Netfirms with a single click.

"We encourage user feedback, with the promise that we will try to find ways to incorporate their suggestions in any upgrades," says Netfirms president Thomas Savundra. "Most of the changes we've made are based on feedback we've received in recent months. It is undoubtedly the most user-friendly control panel we've yet released. You could say that Netfirms XLR8 wouldn't exist if it weren't for our customers."

Savundra says incorporating fast AJAX programming makes Netfirms XLR8 a powerful interface to their grid hosting platform for small businesses as well as web masters.

"With the Netfirms grid hosting platform, our customers can free themselves from in-house servers, expensive software installations and other localized devices," says Savundra.

"The Netfirms platform is built on clustered hosting and distributed processing, making it effortless - in fact, automatic - to handle sudden spikes in traffic. You don't want to be featured on CNN, for example, but be unable to handle the flood of traffic to your site. With XLR8 and our platform, the load is spread over many distributed processors, evening out the load and allowing even small businesses to enjoy the full power and convenience of Web 2.0."

To preview Netfirms XLR8, visit http://www.netfirms.com

About Netfirms: Netfirms, Inc., founded in 1998, provides Web hosting solutions and Web 2.0 technology to successful small and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide. Netfirms hosts over 1,000,000 websites and has offices in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about Netfirms, visit: http://www.netfirms.com/

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