WebsiteSpark is a program geared towards small web developer companies. The goal is to accelerate the speed of web development & help companies to get websites up and running by providing 3 years of free software, guidance and marketing to build your web properties.
What’s the catch? First, you have to be a small upstart company and there is criteria on what defines a small upstart – less than 10 people including owners. Secondly, since the program is geared towards building web businesses, you need show that you used the software for the purpose of building a website and if you don’t deploy a site within 6 months, there is a $100 withdrawal fee from the program. Aside from that, that’s it! I’m surprised more people aren’t taking advantage of it. You can even use the software for up to 2 additional people at your company besides yourself.
Even better, if you are a hoster or very well connected with web development companies, you can be a provider yourself (as a Network or Hosting Partner) – this makes you the go to source for people wanting to deploy web applications – this is especially useful for small hosting companies to gain a competitive edge. How? As a network partner, you receive marketing support directly from Microsoft & become listed in our catalog of partners as the choice go-to platform for companies looking to build a web presence.
WebsiteSpark is not just for ASP.NET Web Developers
Following up on my previous post about migrating from PHP on Linux to Windows, WebsiteSpark can also help ramp up PHP development companies. Here a few samples from MSDev- our portal for training partners.
WebsiteSpark: Get Web Apps like WordPress and Drupal Running Within Minutes!:
In this short video we will show you where to find and give an example of how to use the Windows Web Application installers for common apps such as Drupal and WordPress.
WebsiteSpark: Move an Existing LAMP Site onto Windows:
In this short session we discuss what resources you have available to help you transition existing LAMP sites onto the Windows Web platform.
Please, reach out to me in case you want to join WebsiteSpark as a web professional or as a network and I’ll be glad to help. My email address is aqahtani<at>microsoft<dot>com. For more information on WebsiteSpark, please visit the following link: WebsiteSpark Home
[this post is originally posted by Asli Belgin]