Wave of rent-a-website products launched

The stream of hosted web applications is turning into a flood.

The stream of hosted web applications is turning into a flood.

Hamilton-based Wave Internet this month launches a “rent-an-e-commerce-site” service aimed at small customers, while esolutions has launched a dedicated hosting service. They follow Clear’s FirstSite service, recently launched through web design company FulfilNet.

Wave manager Wayne Attwell says his Java-based service offers a shopping cart, credit card payments, postcards, chatrooms and discussion forums, a search database, email, news and events, photo galleries and a bill-payment function. It is aimed at smaller businesses and is priced from $24.95 per month. Wave spent about eight months developing the technologies, testing them with the Waikato Rugby Union, Vandymotorsport.com and real estate firm soldby.co.nz.

Esolutions, meanwhile, says its dedicated hosting service has been piloted and can be running within a week. Customers choose components and levels of control in solutions. The service uses Microsoft Windows 2000 and SQL Server 2000 or Commerce Server 2000. Esolutions portfolio manager Pauline Sabin says customers include Biolab of Auckland, which uses it for its OneZone digital marketplace.

Turners Car Auctions offers the esolutions-hosted www.autoturn.co.nz, which allows registered dealers to bid for ex-lease vehicles online in a secure environment. Turners’ web-based database application allows both closed and open tenders, says Sabin.

FirstSite, from Clear, also offers pre-designed websites using a range of templates. Users fill in a paper booklet with their business details, which are then inserted into the template. An updating tool allows changes from a PC.

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