July 2009 News

Only a couple of weeks until the Wellington and Christchurch Bizzone expos. You can get Free Bizzone Tickets here

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

  • Free Training NZ Wide
  • New WYSIWYG editor.
  • Multiple product options - Size / Colour plus 1 more
  • Shopping Cart Changes
  • People who bought this item, also bought these items...
  • Bulk Emailer Upgrades
  • Vacancies 
  • Get a $25 credit on your hosting account by completing our customer survey
  • How to help us promote Website Builder and get a 20% rebate
  • Websites of the Month


Free Training Sessions NZ Wide

Our free training sessions will teach you how to use our website builder to build your own website or online shop. The course covers all the basics with some tips on bulk emailer, shopping carts, and search engine optimisation included. Nearly all our recent events have been booked out, so please make sure you book early.

  • Auckland Website Builder - 31st of July  8.30am.
  • Auckland Website Builder - 20th of August  1pm
  • Auckland Search Engine Optimisation - Advanced Course - $50 - 30th of September 1pm.
  • Rotorua - 29th August 10am
  • Wellington Website Builder - 29th July 12.30pm or 3pm
  • Christchurch Website Builder + bonus free SEO - 12th August 1pm  
  • Dunedin Website Builder + bonus free SEO - 19th August 1pm  
  • More Locations and Times - Book Your Training Here

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 - usually just one hours training (@$100+gst) will give you a jump start in your ability and greatly improve the results for your time and effort.  

Please also note that if you have already attended a free training course, then you can only be wait listed for a free spot, or pay $50 to attend extra sessions. Or you may like a personalised one on one session instead for only $100.

Please make sure you do attend any training that you have booked for. Your seat is in hot demand at some events, and at others, continued events are dependent on good turnouts. Please consider what friends might also be interested in getting a website and ask for a seat for them.


New WYSIWYG V5 Editor - Beta Testing

We are introducing a new toolbar for our free format page editor (the word style editor). This new toolbar introduces some new functions, however the greatest gains are in the ability to right click on elements in your content. Another key change is that we have limited the width of the editor much closer to the width of most content pages. There is an option in the toolbar to expand the window if needed. Other new benefits include

  • integrated spell checker (may require a 1 minute install of a plugin)
  • integrated search and replace
  • insert plain text or from word more easily without using notepad
  • view guidlines for tables
  • right click control of table rows/columns, cell formating and image properties

Please note that this option is in Beta Test mode and may be subject to bugs. Please let us know if you experience any errors with the new editor. You can access the new V5 editor is accessible from the V5 link top right when editing any page.


Multiple Product Options

We have added multiple product options in the shopping cart. For example, you can now ask for size, colour plus one other option/style as separate dropdowns. This is great for the apparel industry. See a baloon colours example here at PartyZone

If a product has any options to be selected, the users will be taken to the product detail screen where they can select all those options prior to adding the item to the cart.


Shopping Cart Changes

The footprint of the shopping cart has also been decreased while the customers are navigating categories and products, and only displayed in full when an item has just been added.


People who brought this item, also brought these other items

A number of people have requested this feature. You can choose to present additional products to the customer that they might like to buy, based on the history of previous orders... This can be presented in both the shopping cart page and also the product item pages. See an example of this here


Bulk Emailer Upgrades

You can now view statistics about who clicked on what link in the bulk emails, who unsubscribed, who read the email and who read the email more than once. The statistics are acurate for those people included, however, non events are not acurate.

You can now group the members of your mailing list into multiple groups. i.e. one member can belong to multiple groups. This makes it easier to categorise your members in many different ways, and thus send newsletters only relevant to them.

Learn more about the Bulk Emailer



We have a vacancy for a training co-ordinator and online marketer. Position for 15-30 hours per week in Onehunga Auckland.
More Info


Earn $25 credit by completing our customer survey

We would like to know more about you and your business so we can find more great customers just like you. If you could spare 5-10 minutes to complete our online survey form then we will give you a $25+gst credit on your account. Anyone can complete the survey but you must have a live/paying hosting account with us in order to get the credit.

Complete Customer Survey Here


Help us promote our Website Builder (20% referral discount for your troubles)

There are many ways for you to help us promote website builder. If you would like any brochures or business cards, please contact us and we will send you a bundle. Please let us know how many you require.

If you would like to promote website builder from your website, you can now easily add an affiliate page using the "add page" button. This page will allow you to write your own introduction about how wonderful our service is and will include a link with tracking codes so that you will receive the 20% referral discount automatically.

Alternatively, please encourage your friends to just signup directly for a free trial, or to come to one of our free training courses. Once they have signed up for a free trial, please don't forget to contact us and let us know so we can link your referral.

Or if you are finding work a bit slow in this recession, why not start your own business selling websites. Did you know that we really like customers who want to resell our services and add their own value. If you have SEO skills, business skills, graphic design skills or just super enjoy building websites with our free website builder, then we encourage you to start a business doing it. You will not be stepping on our toes at all. We want to support you in your business endeavors and will give you access to special advanced training courses and support, so that you can in turn provide better support to your customers. Using our affiliate scheme or our official reseller scheme, you can also make ongoing revenue from web hosting. But we encourage you to correctly place a commercial value on the time you put in to helping your friends start websites. We hope we are providing you with a great new opportunities during this recession. 

More information about affiliates and reselling here


Websites of the Month

Here's a small selection of our customers DIY websites. Some of those we think have done a great job of designing and creating their own website using the our Website Builder tools.

And view our updated portfolio of professional designs this month.

And professional designs live this month.

Do you want a more professional look and feel for your website? Please use our online quote or contact us.


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

Best regards,
Web Widgets - Free Website Builder Team

Phone: 09 622 0797


Posted: Thu 09 Jul 2009