WhatHelps? Launches Free Service

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WhatHelps?, a global provider of social networking and online community web services, recently released a new package of web tools and webware that customers may use absolutely free of charge. The Freebie Package consists of more than a dozen professional-grade, customizable web tools, including their proprietary Online Community webware. Included are classifieds/personals, Match Maker matchmaking webware, Access Shield password-protection tool, a chat room, message board, email list, and web calendar - to name just a few. All web tools, and the online community's web pages, are HTML customizable, allowing the owner to seamlessly integrate their tools and/or community into their web site.

As with all WhatHelps? packages, customers also receive a free WebMail/POP3 account, Online Calendar and Address Book, Photo Album, and 10 MB of Web space with use of the Site Maker web site-building tool. These tools, combined with the contents of the new Freebie Package, give customers everything they need to build an interactive web site, online community, or community portal.

"Prospective customers were telling us they needed a method of thoroughly testing our tools, webware, and customization options before they committed to purchasing a subscription," said Michelle Wilbers, founder and CEO. "Although we offer a 10-day money-back guarantee on all our packages, prospective customers were telling us they needed more time. With the new Freebie Package, customers may customize and use the free versions of our tools and webware indefinitely."

The costs associated with providing the Freebie Package to customers is supported, in part, through category-specific advertisements sold by Bravenet Web Services. The advertisments display on the web tools and webware in the Freebie Package. Customers are able to determine the types of ads that display on their pages by selecting a content category. Said Ms. Wilbers, "Without the support of our advertisers, providing these tools and services for free would be cost-prohibitive. Because we had always been an ad-free service, we were quite leery about placing advertisements on the Network. We decided to join Bravenet, because of the control it provides our customers. Feedback from customers regarding the type and quality of the advertisments has thus far been very positive."

Prospective customers have responded to the new offering by increasing average monthly signups fifteenfold since the Freebie Package became available. "Clearly, our customers are very pleased with the addition of the Freebie Package to our offerings," said Matt Highland, CTO at WhatHelps? "They can now play around with nearly everything we offer, and become familiar with how the tools work and how they can benefit from adding them to their site, before committing to a purchase."

For additional information, go to http://freebies.whathelps.com or contact WhatHelps? at info@whathelps.com.

About WhatHelps?

WhatHelps?, co-founded by CEO, Michelle Wilbers in 2000, is headquartered in Bellevue, Iowa. WhatHelps? provides its communication-oriented tools and services in packages of web site add-ons, or as individual web tools, either free or on a subscription basis. For most people, the cost of purchasing, installing and maintaining many of these tools is cost-prohibitive. By providing these tools in a unique, shared hosting environment, WhatHelps? makes even the most expensive and complex tools affordable and easy to add, setup and maintain. Through its policy of free upgrades and locked in subscription fees, WhatHelps? customers are assured of always being able to offer their users up-to-date services, without having to worry about price increases forcing them to cut back on or eliminate services. WhatHelps? offers a full 10-day, money-back guarantee if not completely satisfied.

Contact Information:

Matthew Holloway

WhatHelps?, Inc.

306 N. 2nd Street

Bellevue, Iowa 52031 USA

(563) 872-5111 (weekdays, 9am-5pm CST)


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