Sunday, July 24, 2005 Debuts As Home On The Web For Christians

DALLAS, TX September 13, 2004 -–™, one of the mostly highly sought after domain names in the Christian marketplace, formally launched a groundbreaking new website, seeking to become the preferred homepage on the Web for Christians in the U.S. and around the world. The website provides one place on-line where Christians can check email, read daily news, and search the Web. By also providing Bible and Christian content, the site strives to link a Christian's faith with their daily on-line activities. "Christians live in the real world, and need a good search engine, news, weather, and email just like everyone else," says President Lee Raney. "But Christians also want Bible tools and articles to help them grow in their faith, and our site combines a Christian's spiritual needs with their daily life."Special features, such as family-safe web search, daily news, and local weather forecasts make an alternative homepage to other popular homepage sites such as Yahoo. Christians can grow from articles and devotional material from nationally acclaimed Bible teachers and pastors. In addition, those signing up for email service will have as part of their email address.Many Christians want more on their Web homepage than what the major websites have to offer, according to Scott Swoboda, president of, a Web site hosting company for hundreds of churches and Christian organizations."Christians have interests on the Web that sites like Yahoo and do not include at all," Swoboda said. " is in a unique position to become a major niche portal for Christians."The Barna Group reports there are 80-85 million born again Christians in the United States. But with the rapid growth of Internet usage in other countries, already has an eye on the larger market of the estimated two billion Christians worldwide."We want to become a global website serving and on-line community of millions of Christians around the world," Raney said. "The initial site is in English, but the email service is already offered in 12 languages, including Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese, making one of the most global Christian websites from the very beginning."Registration on is free, and each registered member receives a free Basic Mail account similar to the free web-based email services offered by Yahoo and Hotmail. For $9.95 a year, users can upgrade to Premium Mail to receive 500 MB of storage, more advanced spam filtering and virus protection, the language translation capabilities, and more.In the shopping section, there are more than 150,000 Christian books, music, and gifts to choose from with discounts of 25-40% off. Special "Channels" on the site offer something for everyone, including a Bible Channel, Singles Channel, and Christian Kids Channel. "Our goal is to become the homepage of choice among Christians - the first page Christians see when they go on the web each day." Raney is a service of Media Group, Inc. The Dallas-based company owns and operates other websites as part of the Christian Web Network™. These sites include, which answers question about Jesus Christ and Christianity, and, an unofficial discussion forum for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

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