February 02, 2010 08:03 ET

Website Builder Yola Surpasses 3 Million Users, Saving Them $120 Million in Online Costs

Yola User Websites Attract Over 28 Million Total Impressions per Month; Features Business-Oriented Widgets Such as Google Maps, PayPal, Skype and YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - Yola Inc., one of the nation's largest free website builders, today announced it had surpassed 3 million users, tripling its user base since January '09 by helping small and medium businesses create, host and grow professional, customized websites. Yola's easy-to-use, drag-and-drop technology enables its users to create websites that feature the latest, most popular business-oriented widgets such as Google Maps, PayPal, Skype, and YouTube. Because Yola's users can build and host their websites inexpensively, the company estimates it has saved its users a total of $120 million while enabling their sites to draw in a total of 28 million global impressions per month and 9 million global visits per month.

"Thanks to Yola, my company's website is professional instead of stale," said Patrina Ozurumba, the owner of Next Steps Career Solutions based in New York, NY. "I used the simple and free template just before getting serious press on With the new site I was able to put my business's best foot forward."

"Yola gave me control over my website while saving me time and money," said Ling Hou, owner of the San Francisco-based tutoring service Ling Ming Mandarin. "Before Yola, I was spending too much time and money working with a web designer. With Yola's easy-to-use and professional site builder I make my vision happen. I am thrilled to have a service like this."

"I absolutely adore Yola -- they're a teacher's best friend!" said Kelly Geigner, a public school teacher in Bloomington, IL who created the site Teacher Tracks. "I use the service and its various widgets to share educational resources that I have created and identified with my students and colleagues. I'm so glad to have Yola as a teaching resource. I encourage everyone to give it a try and I think you'll love it as much as I do!"

"There are many things I love about Yola," said Meghann Bush of MKB Designs based in Baltimore. "The design tutorials are invaluable for learning how to build a site. Also, Yola is constantly trying to bring new features, new information and exciting programs to the users."

"The Web is the phone directory of the 21st century," said Vinny Lingham, CEO of Yola. "If you want your customers to find you, you have to be online, and you have to look good. Through Yola's website-building and hosting tools we are able to make sure every business can effectively do business on the Web."

2009 Achievements

--   BusinessWeek included Yola among the "Fifty Tech Startups You Should
--   Raised $20 million in Series B funding round
--   Introduced Yola Pro Package, a package of premium services geared
     towards power users
--   Launched partnership with Logoworks by HP for custom website design
     on Yola
--   Won the 2009 Recognition for Excellence in Customer Support and
     Service (R.E.C.S.S) sponsored by
--   Launched the Yola Small Business Resource Center, which houses free
     information and tools small businesses need to build a successful
     online presence
--   CEO Vinny Lingham nominated as a 2009 Young Global Leader of the
     World Economic Forum, along with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg,
     YouTube founder Chad Hurley and Digg founder Kevin Rose

Social Media Links:

--   Yola Small Business Resource Center:
--   Yola's Blog:
--   Yola's Twitter Feed:
--   Vinny Lingham's Blog:

About Yola, Inc.

Yola offers a free website creation tool that empowers small businesses, non-profits and everyday users to easily create, host and promote professional quality websites. Yola's intuitive drag-and-drop technology enables users to easily incorporate a variety of content including YouTube videos, Google Maps, PayPal shopping carts and many more without needing any technical skills. Privately-held Yola, backed by Reinet Fund, is the recipient of numerous industry accolades including The Industry Standard 100, a Fast Company Fast 50 Reader Favorite and BusinessWeek's 50 Best Tech Startups. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. For additional information, please visit or call 415-227-0250.

Contact Information

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    Randy Almond
    Yola, Inc.
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    Curtis Sparrer
    Connecting Point Communications
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