First commercial site to hit the web

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2001-01-04

1999.07.05 by Mr.Owre of
Manufacturer og boules - La Boule Bleue - has released the first commercial boule/petanque site to hit the web ever. A nicely designed site available in french, english and german is the result.

France is way behind on the internet developing scene, but is one step in the right direction.

Altough their server is a bit slow (downloading on a standard 28.8 modem can take up to 30 seconds) the site offers a wide range of both information and entertainment.
Here is a general section with the history of petanque, some advice from the pros, the obligatory part about "La Fanny", and the rules of petanque. One section for product presentation - which means that La Boule Bleue tell you why you should choose their boules etc. (I myself use them.)

The most interesting part is the next section:

Online sales
There is one section where you can create your own set of boules and order them directly on the net. Here you go through the process of picking and choosing the correct set of boules. To make a long story short I ended up with the following set:

Stainless steel 120 Semi-soft stainless steel boule.
Engraving :mr.owre
Striation :ROF
Size and weight :76mm-730g

Then you fill in the necessary data to get the set sent to your home adress. Prices are calculated in GBP, and as far as we can se: prizes are fair, at least compared to the ones retailers in Norway charge.

But: Unfortunately Norway wasn't on the list of countries so the set came out dead-cheap: 0 (zero) GBP which is OK with me...

La Boule Bleue has done a good job on their site. Some minor problems, but all in all we liked it.

We'll give it a semi-carrau.

We also hope that this will force OBUT, JB and other manufacturers to take the web seriously in the future.

Owner: La Boule Bleue
Produced by: Erisma


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