Microsoft WebsiteSpark: A Program For Small Web Design/Development Companies

It is easy to guess that most of the web designers/developers are not the fans of Microsoft.

On the other hand, lately, they are frequently creating interesting stuff for the community like the Web Platform, Expression Web SuperPreview & now WebsiteSpark.

WebsiteSpark is not a software, rather, it is a program that targets small web design companies & offers them valuable softwares to ignite their businesses.

Microsoft WebsiteSpark

The program has no upfront costs for 3 years & requires various amounts of payments depending on the products you want to use after that period. Also, you can quit the program anytime by only paying a $100 fee which is still acceptible.

The softwares included are:

  • 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web)
  • 2 licenses of Expression Web 3
  • 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2
  • 4 processor licenses of SQL Server 2008 Web Edition
  • DotNetPanel control panel (enabling easy remote/hosted management of your servers)

For anyone willing to or already use Microsoft platforms to build websites, WebsiteSpark is definitely an opportunity to look at.

Tip: The program requires a referral program that can be obtained from network partners. If you don’t have one, you can e-mail [email protected] to get a referral code quickly.

7 Comments
  1. Reply Jimmy September 24, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    “It is easy to guess that most of the web designers/developers are not the fans of Microsoft.”

    You got it!!!
    But thanks anyway, great resources here..my #1 feed.

    congrats!!

  2. Reply diseño imagen corporativa September 24, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Muy buen blog de diseño grafico! great blog! thanks from Argentina.

  3. Reply David September 25, 2009 at 2:16 AM

    Did Mocosoft pay you for introducing this?

    “WebsiteSpark is definitely an opportunity to look at.”

    Do you really think so?

    David

  4. Reply Umut M. September 25, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    @David,

    Microsoft definitely didn’t pay me for this.

    But, if you’re building with MS tools and a program offers you to use $1000+ worth of software free for 3 years, I find this as an opportunity, specially for startups.

    However, I’m not using MS tools and the program doesn’t mean anything to me, just shared it thinking it may save some serious money in some people’s budgets.

  5. Reply ivan September 25, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    ….

    Thanks Umut – good to know Visual Studio is available like that – really had no idea.

  6. Reply Mike June 6, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    So what happens after the 3 years, does your license become invalid, or do you get to keep all the products for the small sum of $100?

  7. Reply Umut M. June 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    @Mike,

    There is a detailed info about that here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/Support.aspx#que16

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