CrystalTech Web Hosting Unveils New Low Cost Solutions for Developers

January 11, 2005
Phoenix, AZ, January 11, 2005 – CrystalTech Web Hosting Inc, a subsidiary of Newtek Business Services (NASDAQ: NKBS) and a leading provider of Windows-based web hosting, is pleased to announce the addition of two new Developer Hosting Plans, one for ColdFusion MX 7.0 (code named “Blackstone”) and one for PHP 4.X. All of CrystalTech’s Developer Plans allow web designers and developers to build and test their sites on a remote server easily and inexpensively.

As a close partner of Macromedia and one of a select few web hosts that are participating in the beta test of the latest release of ColdFusion, CrystalTech is happy to provide customers with the opportunity to build and test their own CFMX 7.0 sites before the official launch of CFMX 7.0 to the public. As an added benefit, the CFMX 7.0 Beta Developer Plan is available for FREE, with no contract length or any other type of commitment. Customers taking advantage of this offer will also have the ability to upgrade their accounts to full production hosting Plans via CrystalTech’s custom Control Center once CFMX 7.0 is officially released and available to the public.

CrystalTech has also made available Developer Plans for two other popular scripting environments, ASP.NET and PHP 4.X, and lowered its monthly hosting fee on these accounts to only $2.95 per month. Unlike other hosts, these plans give users access to a full set of features and are not limited just because of their cost. Each plan includes 100MB of web disc space, 2GB of bandwidth, 5 email accounts and 24/7 access to CrystalTech’s renowned technical support. The ASP.NET plan includes 30MB of Microsoft SQL storage while the PHP 4.X plan includes 30MB of MySQL space.

Not only can experienced developers use any of these plans to test their new code and new sites, those new to programming can learn one of these scripting languages and increase their skill set on a remote server at a low cost. And once the site is fully tested and ready to move to a live production environment, CrystalTech has tools in place to easily and quickly move a site from a development plan over to one its shared hosting plans. “We have always been committed to getting people on the web inexpensively, and these plans show this commitment,” said Tim Uzzanti, CEO of CrystalTech. “We’ve long been a place that’s popular with developers so launching development plans that provide an extremely reasonably priced way to test code and new sites seemed like an ideal fit.”

About CrystalTech

Founded in 1992, CrystalTech Web Hosting, Inc. is one of the largest Windows-based web hosting companies in the world, hosting customers in over 100 countries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations. CrystalTech is responsible for hundreds of millions of visits each day on the Internet and uses a state-of-the-art data center that includes redundancy throughout core systems like power, air conditioning, network connectivity, network transportation, as well as a secured environment for their network operations center. CrystalTech is a subsidiary of Newtek Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: NKBS), a premier provider of business services and financial products to small and medium-sized businesses. For more information about CrystalTech, please contact 877-323-4678 or visit http://www.crystaltech.com.

About Newtek Business Services, Inc.

Newtek Business Services, Inc. is a premier provider of business services and financial products to the small to medium-sized business market. Newtek’s core brands include:

• Newtek Small Business Finance: small business and U.S. government-guaranteed lending services;

• Newtek Merchant Solutions: electronic merchant payment processing solutions;

• Newtek Insurance Agency: customized business insurance provided through Financial Keyosk;

• Newtek IT Services: complete information technology solutions;

• CrystalTech Web Hosting: comprehensive web site services for small and medium sized businesses;

• Newtek Financial Information Systems: outsourced digital bookkeeping; and

• Newtek Tax Services: tax filing, preparation and advisory services.
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