Viaweb Store Becomes First E-Commerce Software to Reach 1000 Site Mark

Viaweb's Viamall also First Web Mall with Over 10M Page Views/Month

Cambridge, Mass.-May 26, 1998-Viaweb Inc, developers of the most popular online store software, today announced that Viaweb Store is the first e-commerce software to pass the 1000-site mark. Over 1000 merchants are currently selling online using Viaweb software. This makes Viaweb the market share leader in e-commerce, with between 15 and 20% of the total number of stores on the Web.

"It may be too early to declare a winner in e-commerce software," said Viaweb president Paul Graham, "but Viaweb is certainly the leader. Our nearest competitor has about a third as many sites online."

Viaweb Store was the first software to allow a non-technical user to create a secure online store. It enables anyone to create an online store in ten minutes using an ordinary browser. Yet Viaweb is so powerful that it has been chosen by some of the biggest names on the Web, including Rolling Stone magazine, Tweeds and Frederick's of Hollywood. Viaweb Store has won both product round-ups so far, including a PC Magazine Editor's Choice.

Investor's Business Daily recently estimated the total number of online stores at 5000. With over 1000 sites, Viaweb's share of the total is approaching 20%. Unlike most of its competitors, Viaweb always quotes the actual number of sites currently using its software, a verifiable number. Viaweb has more sites online than its biggest four competitors combined.

"Viaweb has led the way in providing easy-to-use, inexpensive software and services for setting up shop on the Web," said Melissa Bane, senior analyst at the Yankee Group. "This is an important milestone for Viaweb, and the company's rapid growth demonstrates the widespread appeal of Viaweb's offering."

Simultaneously, Viamall, Viaweb's online mall, became the first Web mall to get more than 10 million page views per month. Viamall has been the busiest online mall for over a year.

Viaweb, Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., is the leading developer of Web-based authoring tools. Viaweb Store is the most popular online store software, used in over 1050 sites. Viaweb's Viamall ( is the busiest Web mall, with over 10 million page views per month. For more information, visit Viaweb at or call 1-888-4-VIAWEB.

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