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Community websites help hosting and domain market grow in difficult trading times


webfusion.co.uk logo!December 23, 2008 - webfusion.co.uk - Consolidation is rife in the UK web hosting industry, but the focus must move away from the secure early adopter market to ensure continued growth, warns industry leader, WebFusion. 2008 has solidified the interest in entire website solutions from consumers that don't have past technical website experience, driven by the user-friendly nature of community sites such as Facebook, and the WebFusion Group has responded to these needs.

Thomas Vollrath, Managing Director of the UK's largest web hosting group, WebFusion, explains, "2008 has proved, more than ever, that our strategy is heading in the right direction as we continue to adapt to the needs of our evolving consumer and business markets. During the first six months of 2008, user numbers of community websites grew by 64 million* - more than the numbers of new internet users! Consumers now crave easy and cost effective total online solutions, while businesses continue to want fantastic hosting services with UK-based support."

With its multi-brand strategy, the WebFusion Group covers all web hosting markets: WebFusion for feature-rich web hosting and innovative services, including the UK's first hosting reseller; 123-reg for great value domains and hosting; Donhost for high-end business hosting; and SupaNames for well-rounded hosting packages.

2008 has seen continual investment in infrastructure to create stability across the group's platforms and support the product portfolio refresh, such as the revamped WebFusion shared and dedicated hosting packages. Other significant milestones for the group this year include: full PCI compliance for WebFusion and Donhost dedicated servers; the launch of a new Donhost website; a US launch of WebFusion; the consolidation of Manchester and London-based servers into the brand new, L2.5 million data centre facility in Leeds, set to open fully for business use in January.

123-reg continues to reign as the UK's largest domain registrar and in 2008, introduced many new top level domains (TLDs), expanding its product range across Europe and Asia. 123-reg.co.uk now includes .cn (China), .dk (Denmark), .it (Italy), .at (Austria) and .ch (Switzerland) domains. July saw the launch of .me and other popular offers including .eu and .info domains.

"2008 has been a year of growth and improved efficiency at WebFusion," continues Vollrath. "With extensive hosting industry experience, our management team is taking the group to a wider audience and the plan for 2009 looks strong and exciting for us and our customers."

WebFusion in a nutshell

- 1.84m domains, 117k hosting contracts (Shared, Dedicated and VPS and Reseller) and 1.4 million hostnames
- Largest domain name registrar in UK (17.2% of all .uk domains)
- Overall .uk growth since Jan 06 is 50%. WebFusion grew by 79% in the same period
- WebFusion market share on total new registrations grew from 17% in 2006 to 21.4% in August 2008
- Efficient, scalable subscription-based model, supported by in-house technology


About WebFusion

WebFusion Group Ltd is the largest web hosting organisation in the UK with 1.84 million hosted websites and almost 2 million registered domains. WebFusion offers cost-effective, feature-rich hosting packages for a diverse customer-base - from web developers, designers and hobbyists to businesses with complex e-commerce operations. WebFusion's customers benefit from market-leading security and service, including 24x7 technical support and state-of-the-art data centres.

For more information, please visit www.webfusion.co.uk

*Statistics from comScore survey http://www.insidefacebook.com/2008/07/27/intriguing-trends-in-social-networking-growth-during-1h-2008/

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