Hottest ticket on the show floor on the first day of the Windows '98 show in Olympia in London today was Zyris's ZyWeb service for building and hosting Web sites. The service can be seen in beta form from the firm's Web site tomorrow
Zyris is a UK start-up founded by some of the same staff who built drawing software specialist Xara. The firm has come up with a novel and seemingly very easy way for users to publish Web sites.
ZyWeb lets users publish sites on Zyris's server by customising professional-looking Web-based templates using a wizard-driven approach. Any user with occasional access to a PC can therefore have a site.
The Home version (5Mb space, 50 design templates) costs £48 per year and the Business version (100 design templates, 10Mb space and up to 10 e-mail addresses) costs £200 per year. A suck-it-and-see Free version with 2Mb space and 10 templates is also available.
The company claims 12 UK ISPs will also offer the service and hopes to attract US ISPs.