December 2009 News

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

  • New CMS Interface 
  • Your Christmas Gift
  • Summer Holiday Hours
  • Free Training Sessions  
  • One on One Training
  • SEO Tip of the Month
  • How to help us promote Website Builder and get a 20% rebate
  • Websites of the Month


New CMS Interface

We have made a major upgrade to our CMS, namely changing the look and feel of the left menu, and considerably changing the way it works. This change makes for more intuitive usage, and makes navigating our CMS much faster. 

The key change is that there is no longer any red, blue or green buttons on the left. Please hover over the "Web Pages" button to see a vertical menu. If you have a multiple level menu, then you can navigate this menu to access those sub pages. The same approach goes for accessing domain names. All other elements should be self explanatory.

Please note that many of our tutorial videos and on line demonstrations will now be out of date. We will review and update those all as soon as possible.


Your Christmas Gift

Each year instead of sending a physical gift to our customers we like to donate money to a worthy cause. This year we have chosen to donate to Oxfam the following items: 

1 Donkey
3 Ducks
1 Goat
11 Gardener's packs
4 Sets of Tools
3 Toilets
Pair of chickens
Pair of lambs
Plant 25 trees
1 Train a village birth attendant
1 Start a small business
1 Micro finance for a woman
Safe water for 100 people
1 Back to school
5 Packs of Seeds  


Summer Holiday Hours

We will be closing the office for 3 weeks from Christmas eve until 18th January.

During this period you should ensure your account is up to date. If your website goes offline due to our automated overdue account system, then you would be best to pay by credit card, as this will bring your website back on line within 2 hours automatically. Payments by on line banking and cheques may incur some delay as these will only be processed manually once per week over this period.

If you experience any outages due to other technical reasons, then you can call 021 70 9996 for emergency assistance. You can understand that we might be on the beach and spending time with our families, so please consider that your issue is a real emergency. It might also pay to avoid making far reaching DNS or email changes during the holiday period. If your issue is not an emergency, we will need to charge an after hours support fee. We hope you will enjoy your holidays as much as us and stay off the computers :-)


Free Training Sessions NZ Wide

Our free training sessions will teach you how to use our website builder to build your own website or on line shop. The course covers all the basics with some tips on bulk emailer, shopping carts, and search engine optimisation included. We also have advanced courses available for a small fee.

  • Auckland - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours  - 17th February at 10am - FREE
  • Auckland -Search Engine Optimisation, and intermediate web design 4 hours - 13th April at 1pm - $75 
  • Tairua (Coromandel) - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours  - 8th January 8th at 10am - Free
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 13th April 2010 - FREE
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation, and intermediate web design 4 hours - $75 - 13th April at 1pm
  • Christchurch - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 14th April 2010 - FREE
  • Christchurch - Search Engine Optimisation, and intermediate web design 4 hours - $75 - 14th April at 1pm
  • More Locations and Times - Book Your Training Here

Please invite any friends along to our training events. Remember you will get 20% referral discount off your hosting ongoing for any who go live with their website..

We can provide group training in other centres, subject to a minimum attendance of 20 people at a venue of your organising.


One on One Training / Hourly Web Design Service

One on one training is a great way to enhance your website at a discount price. Sit down with one of our professional web designers for an hour and see what evolves. This is a great way for intermediate users to increase their skills, or for novice users to sped up the process of creating their website. For just $100 your website will be greatly improved. The same fee also applies for SEO or any other professional help you need. One on one available at our Onehunga Auckland office with either Albie or Mike. Reply to this email or phone to book a time.

If you are not based in Auckland, our design staff can still provide the same service over the phone. They will look at your website, and make changes that you will be able to see as you refresh your browser.


SEO Tip of the Month - Linking

Have you heard about Not only is it a great place where you can search over 50000 items for sale, it is also a website that provides increased search engine ranking to all our merchant websites, plus a free link from our business directory. We advertise your products free of charge and you will note that we appear on your web statistics incoming links from time to time. Merchants should use our new Search Engines area to associate all their own categories with our generic categories.

Check out today for all your Christmas gift needs.

Incoming links are a great way to get higher ranking on search engines. In order to get an incoming link you normally need to ask another website provider to link to you. You cannot get an incoming link by making changes to your own website. Links on your website are called outbound links, and they negatively effect your ranking. Inbound links increase your google ranking. Reciprocal links are better than doing nothing, but only get reciprocal links from businesses in your industry or in your country. Do not respond to irrelevant invites from offshore companies you have never heard of.

More tips at the following link, or book in for one of our SEO training courses next year.


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 sign up 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 endeavours 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. 

White label reseller accounts also available for a setup fee.

More information about affiliates and reselling here


Websites of the Month

Here's a selection of some of our recent Go Lives. DIY websites are always a mixed bag, so we encourage you to view several example sites if determining if Website Builder is right for you. Please note that some DIY websites may have been completed by 3rd party professional web designers.

Do you want a more professional look and feel for your website? A more professional look will instill greater trust in your customers, and encourage them to stay longer on your website or make a purchase. Please use our on line quote or contact us.


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

Please have a great summer holiday and we will catch you call again in 2010.


Best regards,
Reuben Jackson (CEO)

Web Widgets - Free Website Builder
Phone: 09 6220797

Posted: Thu 10 Dec 2009