January 2009 Website Builder News

In this issue of Website Builder News, January 2009...

  • We're Back
  • Free Training (including Hamilton and Tauranga)
  • Welcome to our new programmer - Thi
  • What is a Favicon?
  • Calendars or Event List?
  • Xero Accounting Integration
  • Websites of the Month


We're Back

Happy New Year - We hope you managed to enjoy the break, we did and now we're back in the office to answer your calls and emails.  Though various staff members may be have a few days off here and there, your support should not be interrupted from here on in


Free Training Sessions

  • Auckland - 19th February
  • Tauranga - 20th March 
  • Hamilton - 23rd March
  • Wellington - 29th July
  • More Locations/Times

Our very next training session is at our Onehunga office on the 19th of February, seats are booking up quickly so call or email us to secure your space.

Remember there is extensive help available from our FAQ's which is backed up by phone and email support.  Or there is always the option of 1 on 1 training available - usually just one hours training (@ $100+gst) will give you a great jump start in your ability and greatly improve the results for your time and effort.  

We are planning training in other centers around the country, feel free to cast your vote for your choice of location.


Welcome to our new programmer

Welcome to our new staff member Thi Senaratne. Thi (pronouced tee) specialises in programming and website development. He will be backing up Reuben in investigating domain name and email issues, as well as programming the new features for our website builder software. Thi takes our total team up to 8 people including contractors.


What is a Favicon?

Do you use a browser with tabs? (its pretty standard nowadays).  Note the small picture on each tab that helps represent each site, they may also appear on the address bar of the site you are currently viewing - those are "favicons" - while they are small, they are another opportunity for branding and add to your overall image. 

Most browsers remember the favicon and associate it with your bookmark - hence they will help jog peoples memories of your site when they are browsing through their bookmarks.  Some are quite recognisable and help you to find that tab or bookmark you are after, while the blank ones... well they are just that, blank.  What about your site?  Does it have one? 

Well here's how to fix that... first you need to create a favicon?  You can manually create a 32x32 bitmap then save it with the extension ".ico" what might be a lot easier though, grab you company logo or emblem - go to http://www.html-kit.com/favicon/ which produces a miniaturized version of your branding.... after creating a favicon your are happy with, navigate Design Settings > Icon for Browser Bar and then upload and apply your new icon.  Publish and note your new functioning favicon. 


Calendars or Event List?

For a long time we have just offered a dynamic event list for presenting your events. Our new programmer Thi has been busy at work developing a new "events calendar". The calendar is presented in a calendar format, with up to a year long view so that people can easily see the timing of events. So if you have previously been using our page editor calendar, linking all your events manually, then you may like to consider the new dynamic calendar. It is easy to change your existing events page to a calendar page, by clicking on the blue page button, then changing the page layout to "Events Calendar". You can always change it back to an ordinary "Events" page again, much the same way.


Xero Accounting Integration

If you run a shopping cart and have trouble generating your GST returns, you can now interface your shopping cart directly to Xero online accounting system, saving you hours of data entry. If you currently have a live or trial Xero login, please contact us and Reuben will talk you through the process to complete the integration. Basically you need to obtain a special "key" from within Xero, that you then copy and paste into the tax setup area of your web widgets shopping cart. After that, your orders will automatically be posted to your Xero account, and waiting for you in the xero "drafts" folder.


Websites of the Month

Here's a small selection of our customers newer DIY websites. Some of those we think have done a great job of designing and creating using the Web Widgets tools.

And view our updated portfolio of professional designs this month

Do you have any feedback on our newsletter or CMS products? Please let us know.


Best regards,
The Web Widgets Team

Phone: 09 6220797

Posted: Sun 18 Jan 2009