Host Depot Selects Mercantec E-Commerce Express™

Host Depot leads the market in launching several new e-commerce solutions featuring Google Checkout™

Coral Springs, Fla. June 29, 2006 – Host Depot, a hosting solutions firm focused on the SMB sector, announced today several new e-commerce options as part of strategic alliance with Mercantec, a Chicago-based firm that also focuses on the SMB market in delivering e-commerce solutions. These offerings make it simple for any site to get started with e-commerce using Google Checkout which allows for online shoppers to have a single log-in and gives SMB e-commerce merchants a single integrated e-commerce solution to speed up check out times.

For new websites, Host Depot is offering several complete website solutions that include everything a business needs to get started selling online, including domain name, web hosting, multi-media, and more. As one of the first adopters of Google Checkout, all new and existing shared web hosting customers can utilize the E-Commerce Express solution at no additional charge.

Host Depot customers have several options regarding their e-commerce solutions. They can start quickly with E-Commerce Express and add “BUY” buttons to their existing websites or Host Depot and Mercantec can set up custom integration services for more advanced requirements.

“We are making it easy for any site to get started with e-commerce using Google Checkout. We’re putting more in the box, adding value, and helping our customers to succeed in a crowded market,” said Mark Erskine, President and CEO of Host Depot. This added value from their partnership with Mercantec is one more way in which Host Depot is leading the market.

“We’re excited to be working with Host Depot because of their proven ability to deliver complete SMB solutions. This partnership is part of a larger strategic alliance and roadmap to bring more comprehensive and efficient solutions to the SMB,” said Bill Tait, CEO of Mercantec.

Special incentives are being offered for a limited time. Host Depot will make E-Commerce Express solution with Google Checkout available to all new and existing shared web hosting customers at no additional charge.

About Host Depot, Inc.

Host Depot, Inc. was founded in September of 1997 as a technology company with a focus on hosting and the development of integrated e-commerce solutions tailored for small, medium, and large businesses. Since their inception, they have grown to provide a breadth of new services including Internet access products, web site development, promotional services, and high-end e-commerce hosting solutions. Their goal, to this day, is to provide a convenient, high-performance, and reliable web hosting experience. They have assembled a solid foundation of state-of-the-art servers, high-performance networks, and experienced professionals to ensure that Host Depot, Inc. remains the web host of choice. Further information about Host Depot may be obtained visiting the company's web site at http://www.hostdepot.com.

About Mercantec, Inc.

One of the Internet's e-commerce pioneers, Mercantec serves small and medium-sized businesses from its headquarters in Chicago. Established in 1995, Mercantec has a long history of providing easy, complete, and secure web site building and online storefront solutions. Today, Mercantec has over 70,000 customer installations worldwide through industry-leading web hosting firms, site designers, Internet service providers, and telecommunications companies. For additional information, please visithttp://www.mercantec.com or call 630-305-3200.



Thursday, June 29, 2006





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