• 2007-12-04

RapidSite Announces Opening of Movable Type Contest 2007

Tokyo - December 4, 2007 - GMO Hosting & Security announces that the Movable Type Contest 2007 sponsored by hosting brand RapidSite, opens today. Through this contest GMO Hosting & Security brand RapidSite, aims to highlight the communication possibilities and showcase the effectiveness of Movable Type* as well as promote the use of blogging and CMS in business and other environments. GMO Hosting & Security, former winner of the Movable Type BEST Hosting Partner, is a GMO Internet Group Company.
*Flexible and highly expressive blogging platform by Six Apart Ltd. (US)

The contest will be judged by master bloggers who will evaluate sites created in Movable Type on performance, operability, design, originality and content. All entries will appear on the official contest site and a winner and runner-up will be selected.
In 2005, the first time the contest was held, we received 315 entries, and last year 470 people submitted entries. We hope to attract many visitors to the site to view a wide range of blogging styles as well as to increase recognition of the entry sites.
RapidSite believes that blogs will play an important role in the future of business as they are an easy and expressive way to communicate with an audience. It aims to build Movable Type brand recognition while promoting blogging. Movable Type Contest 2007 is an opportunity to showcase the excellence of Movable Type as a business tool. We believe it will contribute to the growth of business blogging and the use of CMS.

Movable Type Contest 2007 - Details
Submission Period December 3, 2007 – March 21, 2008
Eligibility Business / personal Movable Type created sites that will be widely viewed between the time of application and the time results are announced. (non RapidSite members are also eligible to apply)
How to Enter Please register using the submission form on the official site (online applications only).
Prizes Grand Prize (1 site), Runner up (1 site)
Business Division - Outstanding Performance Prize (1 site), Business Division - Outstanding Performance Prize – Runner up (1 site),

Individual Division - Outstanding Performance Prize (1 site), Individual Division - Outstanding Performance Prize – Runner up (1 site)

Judges Award (undecided)
Winners to be announced Winners will be notified by e-mail and the results published on the official site in May 2008
Host RapidSite by GMO Hosting & Security Inc.
Co-host Six Apart KK

Comment from Six Apart Ltd. (US)
We are pleased to learn that GMO Hosting & Security is holding a third annual contest to award the best Movable Type sites in Japan. We'd like to thank GMO Hosting and Security, the winner of the 2005 Movable Type BEST Hosting Partner prize, for making such a great contribution to the Movable Type business by promoting and distributing hosting services in Japan. We'd also like to thank Japanese Movable Type users for their enthusiasm and kind support, which are so crucial to the continued improvement and growth of Movable Type. We look forward to seeing even greater ideas than we did last year. Many thanks to GMO Hosting and Security and all of you who are participating in this contest!

Ben Trott, co-founder and CTO of Six Apart
Mena Trott, co-founder and President of Six Apart

Related Links (All links are to Japanese language sites unless otherwise indicated)
RapidSite: http://rapidsite.jp/
Official Movable Type Contest Site: http://mt.rsh.jp/
Six Apart KK: http://www.sixapart.jp/

GMO Hosting & Security Inc.
One of Japan's leading hosting providers, GMO Hosting & Security has been providing a diverse range of hosting services through the two brands iSLE and RapidSite since it was first established in 1997. While hosting services are the core of our business we also provide a range of Internet solution products such as electronic authentication certificates and hosting service OEM to ISP and web hosting companies. In November 2006 we received the ISMS (Information Security Management System) International Standard ISO/IEC27001:2005 and JIS Q 27001:2006 Certification.

Media Inquiries
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The GMO Internet Group
The GMO Internet Group is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services in Japan. We hold top domestic market shares in domain registration, web hosting and payment processing and we provide a host of other services including e-commerce solutions and Internet advertising to individual and corporate customers. Striving to redefine the industry and foster a vibrant Internet culture, the GMO Internet Group is continuously working to inspire enthusiasm in our customers and put smiles on their faces.

GMO Hosting & Security INC.
Company Name GMO Hosting & Security INC.<http://www.gmo-hs.com/eng/>
(TSE Mothers Market Code: 3788)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Mitsuru Aoyama
Business Description - Web hosting service
- Internet security
Capital 905,000,000 YEN

GMO Internet Inc.
Company Name GMO Internet Inc.<http://www.gmo.jp/en>
(TSE First Section Code: 9449)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Masatoshi Kumagai
Business Description - Internet Use Support (Infrastructure)
- Internet Advertising Support (Media)
Capital 9,651,750,000 YEN
*All information in this document is correct at the time of release. Please be aware that it is subject to change as a result of events occurring after the release date.