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Intuit Selects Homestead Technologies' Storefront Ecommerce Solution as Preferred Provider for Web Store Management - Enhancing the 'One Stop Shop' for Small Businesses Online

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 5 - Homestead Technologies (www.homestead.com), a provider of website creation software, ecommerce solutions and online marketing products and services for small businesses, has taken the hassle and guesswork out of successfully managing an online store by integrating Intuit's QuickBooks® Merchant Service for Web Stores with Storefront -- Homestead's complete, ecommerce solution for small business. This integration enables business owners to accept credit card payments online with a QuickBooks Merchant Service account and synchronize this data along with key business data from the Web store directly with QuickBooks.

"Intuit has a long tradition of making products and services that help small businesses be successful," said Dan Wernikoff, director of product management for Intuit's QuickBooks Merchant Services. "By working with a complete ecommerce provider, like Homestead Technologies, we've extended the power of QuickBooks to help small business leverage the Web."

Homestead Storefront helps small business owners get up and running fast, by providing a powerful and affordable ecommerce solution that allows them to build, manage and host their own websites. Homestead Storefront's highly-integrated, "big business" capabilities are flexible and complete enough to handle the unique requirements of small businesses, in every stage of online business growth -- from infancy to maturity. Small business owners can now better focus on running their businesses, because they no longer have to waste time, effort or expense, trying to piece together several different ecommerce products in order to create an online store that satisfies their business needs.

Big Solutions for Small Businesses

Homestead Storefront simplifies selling products online, by including searchable product catalogs, shopping carts, real-time transaction processing, advanced inventory management, recurring billing options, shipping integration with FedEx(TM), UPS(TM), USPS® and Canada Post, integration with eBay and much more. The integration of QuickBooks with Homestead Storefront makes managing an online business even easier and more efficient by enabling business owners to quickly track sales and payment data and creating real-time financial reports without re-entering data into QuickBooks.

"As a startup business, Homestead Storefront offered me the most comprehensive e-commerce web solution on the market," said, George Hoover, owner of alwayscooler.com. "All the tools I needed were right there -- from selecting my domain name to opening my merchant account. An easy choice."

In addition to offering Homestead Storefront, powered by ProStores, Homestead Technologies also provides SiteBuilder, a premier, easy-to-use, non-technical, website creation tool, along with QuickSites, a professional design gallery of over 2,500 fully-functional, feature-rich, professionally pre-designed websites, which is included with each subscription package. Homestead subscriptions may also include personalized domains, matching email accounts, unlimited website capabilities, phone support, Paypal transaction processing and website statistics. Homestead recently launched SearchLight, an affordable and effective online advertising service developed to help small business grow and thrive online, by delivering qualified customers to their online stores.

Pricing and Availability

Storefront packages are priced affordably with basic, enhanced and professional packages starting at $6.99, $24.99 and $59.99, respectively. All Storefront packages include QuickBooks integration. Each Storefront package varies, but all come complete with the following standard features: Professional set-up wizard and design templates, real time credit card payment processing, SSL data encryption security, PayPal transaction processing, both integrated shipping options and eBay commerce, phone and email support.

About Homestead Technologies, Inc.

Homestead Technologies, Inc. (http://www.homestead.com/), provides a suite of easy-to-use, non-technical website creation products, ecommerce solutions and online marketing products and services for small businesses that wish to establish or enhance their presence online. Homestead Storefront provides the ultimate "one-stop" ecommerce solution for business owners who want to manage their online businesses professionally, smoothly and efficiently. More than 12 million people have used Homestead's award-winning design, ecommerce, marketing and hosting capabilities to create feature-rich, professional-quality websites in minutes. For over ten years, Homestead has helped small businesses succeed online, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including, CNET "Editor's Choice," PC magazine, "Editor's Choice," PC World, "Best of the Web, and Forbes, "Best of the Web." Homestead is based in Menlo Park, California, and its services are available at http://www.homestead.com/.

Source: Homestead Technologies, Inc.

CONTACT: Remi Adams of Homestead Technologies, +1-650-549-3186, or radams@homestead-inc.com

Web site: http://www.homestead.com/

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