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vbusiness launches to boost New Zealand businesses

vbusiness launches to boost New Zealand businesses presence on the Internet

AUCKLAND– Tuesday, March 14, 2000 –, one of New Zealand’s first web developers to allow individuals and businesses to become their own web masters, launched today. The business aims to allow anyone to set up an effective Internet presence and directly control the content of their web site, without high start-up costs and ongoing costs compared to present web development costs.

vbusiness is the creation of software and web developer, Braden Burton, who recognised the high costs and complexity of getting online was hindering the take-up of businesses getting on to the Internet. In early 1998 he began developing the technology which drives the vbusiness software.

“The vbusiness name says it all,” says Braden Burton, director for vbusiness. “It implies that business can be carried out virtually where ever, when ever and by who ever you are. The business to consumer e-commerce space is one that all businesses should have their sights set on capturing. Our role is to act as infomediary for these businesses to get online, set up their own virtual businesses and be well positioned enough to become competent e-businesses.”

Clients are offered three flexible web site plans, designed for effectiveness, ease of navigation and affordability. These are:
 Basic plan – suitable for individuals, clubs and sporting groups that need a web presence without the e-commerce ability.
 Professional plan – suitable for professional providers and trade service providers who want to list cost or fees for various services and online retailers who want to be paid for products or services by means other than online.
 Commerce plan – suitable for small to medium size businesses that require their products or services to be paid for online.

vbusiness develops the initial site for as low a fee as $389 for the basic plan. Unlike other web developers it offers free, no limit on the number of web pages, products/categories or graphics that can be included on the site.
“ The success to any virtual business is having information that is current and comprehensive,” continues Braden. “vbusiness allows you to make as many changes as you need to information, graphics or the appearance of the web pages for reasonable monthly fees.”

vbusiness already has one virtual business set-up. Artist Tony Schaufelberg has created a virtual gallery of his collection of portraits and native New Zealand animal drawings for viewing and purchasing. “vbusiness has allowed me to have a hand in creating my own website and take control of it. This makes it an easy, cost effective and peace of mind solution for small to medium size business like myself,” says Mr Schaufelberg.


Biography – Braden Burton
Braden Burton has considerable expertise in the web development industry, having established Digital Magic, one of New Zealand’s first web development companies, in 1994. He has developed software for the University of Auckland’s language laboratories and created websites for organisations such as BP, British Telecom and Hewlett Packard in the United Kingdom.

Company background
vbusiness was established in 1996 by Braden Burton and produces practical and innovative Internet solutions. The company is privately owned and based in Auckland.

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