Sundoro Templates Make Web Site Design a No-Brainer
Szadkowski, Joseph, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Santa may have the perfect gift for good little cyber-citizens - their own personal Web page.
Sundoro Development Inc. (http://www.sundoro.com) allows users to develop personal and small-business Web sites with no more hypertext markup language experience than the ability to type HTML. SDI has already done all of the work leaving the user to only fill in the blanks.
"Web Pages Made Easy" provides nine predesigned templates including ones designed to promote hobbies, such as cars or family events like the birth of a new baby. Budding Web designers need to only write the text while SDI provides users with graphics, customized scrolling text Java Applets, e-mail links and links to other Web sites for a dynamic Web site even the silliest of elves can create.
Use of the Web site templates costs a reasonable $6.95. The site can then be downloaded to another host server or SDI will store the site on its hard drive and provide the Universal Resource Locator (URL) for $7.95 per month, or a yearly fee of $95.40. Sites that are hosted by SDI can be updated as frequently as the user wishes at no additional fee.
If users want to include unique photos or graphics on their site, they can be e-mailed or mailed to SDI which, for less than $10 will place the custom image on the page. SDI does not charge the user for "hits" or visitors to personal pages.
When not assisting Santa, Sundoro also builds Internet- and Intranet-based Web sites for businesses that need to integrate databases throughout their companies.
For small businesses, SDI will be providing the ability to create a multiple-page Web site tailored to the individual company. SDI will provide a menu of elements such as a marketing page or executive biography page. Small-business pages will start at a cost of $6.95 per year with a hosting fee of $17.95 per month, or $215.14 per year.
"One challenge to many companies is that different users may be using different platforms and/or different Internet browsers," said Tim Madzy, president of Sundoro of Itasca, Ill. "For instance, at Motorola (http://www.motorola.com), the marketing department [uses] Macintosh, where at other desktops they have Windows 95 while others have Windows NT. Some users may be using Microsoft Internet Explorer, while others may be on Netscape Navigator. This causes a disparity when the company wants each of these departments to be able to work with the same piece of Legacy software."
Three of Sundoro's five founding members had established backgrounds in the shipping business when the company began operating in 1996. SDI's initial client target was the transportation companies that needed a system that would allow users to be able to monitor shipments, make on-line payments and submit and update billing information. The company's HTML-based Internet programs proved useful to other corporations as well.
Defined as a computer-based system that performs a routine task for a company, Legacy software could be, Mr. Madzy explained, a program for reporting expense account items, payroll, pricing catalogs or vacation scheduling. Instead of having the system adapted to each of the operating systems, SDI creates a front-end Internet/Intranet Web site that converts the program to HTML coding.
That initial business has grown from five to 15 employees. The SDI Web site lists some clients such as the aforementioned Motorola as well as AIT Freight Systems (http://www. …