Google offers free website, hosting for 500,000 Indian SMEs

November2, 2011: Google India has  launched an initiative to help small medium businesses in India get online with a free website, personalized domain and hosting. It is called ‘India Get Your Business Online, and offers a quick, easy and free tool to set up and host a website. Working with web hosting provider HostGator, Google’s goal is to help 500,000 small medium businesses in India to get online in next three years.

Small business owners in India can logon to  and use the tool to get a get a free, easy-to-build website and web hosting for one year powered by HostGator.B usinesses also get a customized domain .in name and free tools, training and resources tosucceed online. HostGator willalso offer free support in creating, hosting and managing the website for a period of one year without any cost through its toll free call centers1800-266-3000.

While India is home to an estimated 8 million small and medium businesses, only about 400,000 have a website. The initiative is designed to bridge the information gap that exists online due to the lack of presence of local Indian businesses on the Internet. Businesses often believe that getting online is too complex, costly and time-consuming; this perception prevents many SMBs from taking the first step towards building an online presence.

India get your business online program is also supported by the Federation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), popularly known as FISME, a network of 730 MSME associations. FISME, will work with Google India to help SMBs get online through direct customer outreach and events.

Details website creation tool:

Free: It’s free to set up your website. The domain is free for 1 year, and it’s free to maintain your website for 12 months. 

Quick: The website tool takes 15 minutes from sitting down to being found online

Easy: You don’t need to be a tech whiz to get started. All you need to start is your address, phone number, TAN/CIN or PAN to verify youas a business

The website issimple because customers are looking for simple information online

f you want to makeyour website work harder, you’ll have access to steady stream of free tips andtools from the Getting Indian Business Online team and a free coupon of worthRs. 2500 INR advertising trial from Google AdWords to help promote your site.

At the end of the first year, they’ll have to pay a nominal charge if they wish to renew their domain name. They can cancel their website at any time.

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