SmartyHost launches out-of-the-box web site package: SmartyDesign

Intuitive do-it-yourself tool to help Coober Pedy small and medium businesses get online


Melbourne, 12 July 2006: SmartyHost, Australia’s second largest web-hosting company, today launched SmartyDesign - an out-of-the-box web design and hosting package designed to quickly help Coober Pedy small and medium businesses (SMB) set up an online presence.


Today 87 per cent of Australian businesses have internet access, but less than 73 per cent have a web presence in the form of a web-site*. For those 73 per cent of businesses who have previously found creating their own web-site too difficult, or hiring a web-design agency too costly, the SmartyDesign package will provide a new cost and time effective alternative.  It includes everything an SMB needs to set up a professional web-site, and eliminates the need of employing a web-designer or web-master. SMBs without web-sites, or unhappy with their existing ones, can now quickly accelerate their businesses by tapping into vast new online audiences more effectively.


“SmartyHost aims to function as a one-stop-shop, a single point where SMBs can satisfy all their online needs. The SmartyDesign package brings web-design expertise to SMBs so they can quickly gain the crucial competitive edge a professional business web-site provides,” said Managing Director Anoosh Manzoori. “SmartyDesign ‘in-sources’ your web-design, so if you can’t fork out thousands of dollars on employing a web-design agency, this is your best alternative,” he continued.


The key feature of the SmartyDesign package is the ‘Sitebuilder’, which doesn’t require any previous web-design experience thanks to its clever design wizard. Users are immediately placed in the driver seat with full control over the simple five-step web-design process. The process is carried out in real time and uses a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) interface, which means the user can see what the final web-site looks like and make edits at any stage.


SmartyDesign users can achieve innovative web pages thanks to over 500 high-quality design templates, dismissing the need for html coding. Combined with flash intro options, different fonts, colour schemes, headlines, layouts, buttons and functionalities it guarantees that no web-site will look the other alike.


“The SmartyDesign Sitebuilder literally makes anyone, regardless of previous web experience, into a web-designer. The included search engine optimisation tool ensures that once you click ‘publish’ your business web-site can be found by the millions of Australians that search the Internet every day,” said Manzoori.


The SmartyDesign package is available in two versions: the ‘Easy’ package for less demanding web-sites, and the ‘Complete’ package with doubled hosting space and a range of nifty add-ons. Both includes free set-up, support, statistics tool, search engine submission and spam filer.


 The ‘Easy’ package costs $250/year and includes a domain name, 250MB hosting space, and the SmartyDesign Sitebuilder. The ‘Complete’ package costs $999/year and includes a domain name, a massive 500MB of hosting space, the SmartyDesign Sitebuilder, and add-ons to add extra functionality to the web-site, such as: unlimited email accounts, visitor counter, online visitor forms, online voting tools, photo album, guest book, and customer feedback tool.


For full details about the all inclusive SmartyDesign web-site packages, visit: 




About SmartyHost:


SmartyHost Pty Ltd – Australia’s second largest web-hosting services company – has provided its customers with secure web hosting services since 1999. SmartyHost is one of only 20 auDA accredited domain name registrars and has over 25,000 customers hosted at Optus Data Centre*. SmartyHost is dedicated to providing reliable, affordable and full-value web hosting solutions to businesses of any size as well as private users – today it has customers in 15 countries from Australia to America, Argentina and across Africa.  SmartyHost’s offices are based on Collins Street in Melbourne.

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Coober Pedy residents no longer need to pay line rental thanks to Optus’ new home phone packages.

The ground-breaking approach means that residents can wipe off line rental costs from their phone bills, which range between $24.95 to $33.95, from their bills.

"Our research has shown that home phone owners resent having to pay line rental, so we’re very happy to now be able to offer an alternative," Michael Smith, Group Marketing Director, Optus Consumer said.

On the new Optus $59 HomeOne plan, customers pay $59 a month and receive competitively priced local, mobile and national calls up to the value of $59*.

"You pay $59 and you get $59 worth of calls – it’s that simple. Why pay for something you don’t need?" Smith added.

There is also a $99 HomeOne plan that includes $150 worth of local and national calls and calls to mobiles for households who use their home phone more frequently.

Existing Optus customers are welcome to switch to the Optus $59 or $99 HomeOne plans.

For more information, please contact Andrea Kerekes at Open Dialogue PR on (02) 9270 2728 or Sheila Dhillon at Optus Corporate Affairs on (02) 9342 9021.

Any extra calls above $59 are charged at Optus’ standard rates and added to the same bill.

Optus HomeOne plans are available on a 12-month contract.



 Menopause Blog: How to Punctuate Life Without a Period

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada recently reported that approximately four million Canadian women have now reached menopause.  By 2026, it is estimated that women over the age of 50 will make up 22 per cent of the Canadian population. Statistic presented by the North American Menopause Society tells a similar story for U.S. women.
In short, the women of the world are heating up. Many of these women are looking for understanding, information and relief.
Sue Richards, author of ( was one of those women. After becoming a member of the peri-menopausal club and having no clue of what was happening, Richards started on a quest for knowledge about symptoms, natural remedies and treatments.
“My first need was to confirm I wasn’t going crazy. After I calmed down and accepted my new life stage, I simply wanted a heads up on what I could expect and what to do.




Hearty and Healthy Winter Warmers - from

Beef and Vegetable Curry with Orange Couscous and Pappadams

Serves 4   Preparation time: 9 mins   Cooking Time: 40 mins


Cooking oil spray
500g rump steak, cut in thin strips
1 large brown onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup (125ml) tikka curry paste (we used Sharwoods brand, medium strength)
2 cups (500mls) beef stock or water
3 cups combined chopped vegetables - carrots, cauliflower, baby eggplant, celery
300g canned chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped beans
1/2 cup low fat natural yoghurt
8 pappadams


Spray a large non-stick frypan with oil and cook beef over moderately high heat until lightly browned.  Remove beef.  Reduce heat, spray pan with oil and cook onion over moderate heat for 2 minutes or until soft.  Add garlic, curry paste and cook a further minute, stirring continuously.  Add stock, 3 cups vegetables and chickpeas, cover and bring to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add broccoli and beans and simmer, uncovered, for another 5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.  Add beef and yoghurt and simmer, without boiling, until heated through.  Serve with orange couscous and pappadams.

Orange Couscous

2 1/4 (565mls) cups orange juice
2/3 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 cups couscous
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Bring juice and peas to the boil in a medium saucepan.  Lower heat and simmer 1 minute.  Remove pan from the heat, stir in couscous, cover and stand for 5-10 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.  Stir in mint.


Place pappadams in a circle in the microwave and cook on high for 30 - 40 seconds or until cooked. (Continue cooking in short 10 second bursts so they do not burn.)  Alternatively grill on high until golden.




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PO Box 5303, Frankston Vic 3199
Telephone: (03) 59857351


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