January 2010 News

We hope you have had a great holiday and are enjoying the new year.

In this issue of Website Builder News, January 2010...

  • More New Templates - Wider Templates
  • Free Training Sessions - Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
  • One on One Training
  • Almost 1000 customers
  • V5 Editor Update
  • SEO Tip of the Month
  • How to help us promote Website Builder and get a 20% rebate
  • Websites of the Month


More New Templates - Wider Templates

We have lots more new templates for you to use. Many of our customers have asked for wider templates, and you will now find more of these available in the 950 wide vacinity. These will show nicely on a standard resolution notebook computer. However, when editing your content with these wider templates, you may note that our content editor requires that you scroll to edit the full width of your content, or wraps your content differently. If you click the last icon on the second row of the toolbar, then you can toggle between normal or full screen mode.

We have more templates due for release in the next few weeks and will continue to deliver more new templates over the comming year. If you ever have any problems with new templates or new menus, please bring them to our attention.

See the available templates here, many of the new templates are in the positional templates area.


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 - $75 - 13th April at 1pm 
  • 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..


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.


Almost 1000 Customers

We now have almost 1000 currently live hosting customers. In the next month or 2 we will annouce the lucky 1000th customer who will receive 2 years free web hosting on a business plan. If you have a website you are working on, then the next 2 months is definitely the time to make it live. Good luck!


V5 Editor Update

We are currently working on a version upgrade to the V5 editor. This should fix the issues some people have encountered when pasting code from other software or when editing pages edited with our old V4 editor. These issues have often presented themselves as adding spacing between paragraphs. It is not an easy thing to fix, so please stay tuned to future newsletters for completion of this work.


SEO Tip of the Month - Start with the search engines


The first place you should start your search engine optimisation is with the search engines. Consider what phrases people are using, how many people are searching for those phrases, then look at the results. Check to see where you are. Check to see where your competition is. For each individual phrase where you are performing badly, then go to your website and dedicate one new page to that phrase. Include the phrase in the heading and meta title of the page, and in the first paragraph on the page. Waffle on a bit more, for 3-4 paragraphs, and try and drop those same keywords in a couple more times. Do not break up or rephrase the keywords. You need to work your sentence to fit around the key phrase. Then go to your home page, and lower down in the content, perhaps in the 5th paragraph, create a link to your new page using exactly the key phrase as the link text. Review after 30-60 days and see what your new position is for that phrase. Repeat this process separately using new pages and new links for each and every phrase you want to rank highly for.

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.


Posted: Wed 27 Jan 2010