information provider, Ipoh Online Sdn Bhd, hard work has begun
to pay off. When the company built
www.ipoh-online.com.my in 1997, the intention was to provide
basic information about the state with links to popular sites
and search engines.
has since expanded its original role as an information provider
to include other services, and advertising revenue has been
trickling in since December.
Steven Chee told In.Tech that new additions such as a mailing
list, chat room and direct links to other sites helped generate
have close to 2,000 subscribers and receive enquiries from
people interested to place their homepages on our server,''
services which helped bring in more traffic were classified
ads and a ``picture hall'' for newlyweds.
enthusiastic response also has inspired the company to outline
plans to enhance the website with audio and video streaming,
even more local content, and the setting up of forums for
has approached us for help to set up a section catering to
horse-racing enthusiasts, and we are building the page with
him,'' said Chee.
which would be updated daily, will contain a racing schedule
and results, including backgrounds and analysis of the race
also intends to replicate the site in Mandarin and Japanese
to help increase traffic. A search engine is in the works
the new services, we hope more people will visit our website,''
the anticipated growth in traffic, Ipoh Online is also planning
to test out e-commerce applications to prepare for the future.
the bankers and government are ready, we will be able to get
vendors to sell stuff on our site,'' said Chee.
of targeting import/export businesses, Ipoh Online is keen
to sign on any vendor interested to advertise products or
services -- as long as the content is related to Ipoh and
also has seen a measure of success with its hotel and map
webpages, which are useful to anyone looking for holiday or
business accommodation in the state.
Online, a subsidiary of Shen Jai Computer Centre Sdn Bhd,
has spent RM180,000 to develop the website. -- ANITA MATTHEWS