AKRON—The Internet is growing at an almost unbelievable pace. Just ask Network Wizards.
The Internet polling company said there were 16.2 million host computers hooked into cyberspace as of January. That number has grown from 4.9 million just two years ago—an increase of 231 percent.
More in-depth data is available at http://www.nw.com.
There is an estimated 30 percent increase in Internet traffic each month, according to Higgins Advertising's Andrew Casselberry.
So how do tire dealers get in on the action?
All a dealer needs to access the Internet is at least a 486 megahertz personal computer with a minimum of 8 megabytes of RAM, 40 megabytes of free disk space and at least a 14,400 bytes-per-second modem.
Then the dealer must sign up with an Internet service provider or a commercial online service like America Online, CompuServe or Prodigy.
Building a World Wide Web page for a dealership, however, is a little trickier and expensive. Software programs that allow people to build their own sites cost between $150 and $500.
But professional companies that build sites for businesses can cost 10 times that much.