Google and MYOB have teamed up to provide businesses the chance to create an online presence with a simple all-in-one website package called ‘Getting Aussie Business Online’. The websites will be avaliable to the first 50,000 businesses to register and will offer includes free hosting for one year, in addition to free .com.au domains for 2 years and a Google Adwords trial worth $75.
It all sounds like pretty good deal – because domain name hosting can cost up to $50 for 2 years on some Australian domain registers. And businesses will be able to take advantage of MYOB’s finance tools included in their Atlas website solution, which is an additional saving.
The free web hosting will change to a fee of $5/month after the first year freebies run out. To take advantage of the offer, businesses will need to provide their ABN and business details like address and phone number.
Google’s head of Local Business Claire Hatton hopes the business will fill in the gaps when it comes to more blue-collar professions establishing websites:
Every day in Australia there are 12,000 Google searches for builders, but fewer than 1 in 4 businesses in the construction and trade industry has a website. We want to address this gap by removing common barriers like cost and time to set up a website. We also want to make it easier for Australians to find the information they’re looking for online.
If you're a business and want a free website, check out Getting Aussie Business Online for more information.