Wix to Launch One-Minute Website Design

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Employees work at website-designer firm Wix.com offices in Tel Aviv, Israel July 4, 2016. Picture taken July 4, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo
Wix offices in Tel Aviv (Reuters/Baz Ratner/File)

An Israeli-based web design company is about to launch a service that will enable customers to assemble a site in approximately one minute, according to Reuters on Wednesday.

Wix.com says its new service can build an entire website on its own. The program searches the internet for material suitable for each customer and utilizes the company’s database to enhance the new website’s composition.

“It will be extremely positive for us,” Chief Financial Officer Lior Shemesh said, though he declined to estimate how much the product would boost business, but said he expected it to be fully integrated “in a matter of weeks.”

Wix raised its 2016 revenue guidance to $278-$280 million from a previous forecast of $274-$277 million, and its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) outlook to $34-$36 million from $30-$32 million.

During the second quarter it added 5.1 million registered users to reach a total of 87 million and a record 183,000 paid subscribers to reach 2.12 million.

The company reported a second quarter loss of 9 cents a share excluding one-time items, versus a 21 cent loss a year earlier. Revenue grew 41 percent to $68.7 million.

It was forecast to lose 12 cents a share on revenue of $66.7 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

For the third quarter it forecast revenue of $72-$73 million for year-on-year growth of 32-34 percent and EBITDA of $9-$10 million.