You all know how much I love BizSpark… well, I am now so very excited, as last week at Web Directions, the newest member of our Spark Family was announced: WebsiteSpark.
In a similar vein to our BizSpark & DreamSpark programs, WebsiteSpark is the new global program, designed to ignite the success of professional Web developers and designers by driving new business opportunities through connections with global partners and customers. WebsiteSpark also provides Web professional companies with Microsoft tools and hosting solutions, as well as the support and training they need. There is no upfront cost to enrol in Microsoft WebsiteSpark.
To be eligible, a Web design and development company must have the following characteristics at the time of joining:
So, why should I join WebsiteSpark?
Get Business Opportunities: Get opportunities to expand your customer base and drive new business through showcasing your capabilities and connecting with partners, by featuring your talents in Microsoft marketing and business networking vehicles such as:
Get Support and Training: Get professional support from Microsoft and get connected to WebsiteSpark Network Partners, Hosting Partners, and other Web developers and designers with complementary technologies or business models—an entire ecosystem that can provide a wide range of technical and business resources for every Web professional need. Benefits include:
Get Software & Solutions: Get fast and easy access to Microsoft's current full-featured development tools and Web server production/hosting licenses for immediate use in designing, developing and bringing to market differentiated, innovative and rich Internet
Technology offering: The WebsiteSpark technology offering for participating Web professional companies currently includes: For design, development, testing and demonstration of new websites – for a total of up to three users per Web design and development company:
For production use – that is, to deploy and host new websites developed using Program software – using a total of up to four processors per Web design and development company, of the following (physical or virtual) dedicated servers:
Deployments may be on 4 servers or VMs of 1processor each, on 2 servers or VMs of 2 processors each, or on 1 server or VM of 4-processors