April 2010 News

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

  • Free Training Sessions - Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
  • One on One Training
  • Online Training Videos
  • New Discount Web Design Package $540
  • New hourly rates
  • Events Booking System with Payments
  • Additional Small Business Training Seminars
  • DPS Payment Gateway Offer
  • We are moving to Grey Lynn
  • Onehunga Office Space Available
  • Navigational Tips
  • SEO Tip of the Month - LinkedIn.com
  • 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 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  - 16th April at 10am - FREE
  • Auckland -Search Engine Optimisation, and intermediate web design 4 hours - $75 - 16th 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
  • Whangarei - Northland Business Expo Fri 23rd April - Saturday 24th April
  • We will also be at all the Bizzone Expos, Auckland June, Wellington July and Christchurch in August.
  • 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..


Online Training Videos

We have revamped our online videos. Stay tuned over coming weeks for many more videos demonstrating all the features of our service. These online videos will soon replace our free training courses, so if you haven't yet attended one of our free training courses, you may like to do that early this year.

The online training videos allow users with different abilities to go straight to the item they want to learn, and move at their own pace, and pause or rewind parts that interest them. We believe the online training video approach will make most efficient use of your time, giving you free on demand training.

View Online Training Videos


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 speed up the process of creating their website. For just $90 your website will be greatly improved. The same hourly 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. Or in Christchurch and Wellington with Reuben ($120/hr) timed to coincide with our scheduled training courses. Reply to this email or phone to book a time.

If you are not based in the main centers, 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.


New Low Cost Website Design Package - Only $540

For those on a budget, we can now offer a great low cost web design package for only $540 + gst.

This is a "time only" package. You will initially sit together with our one of professional designers for 2 hours, who will create your website using one of our existing design templates, personalised with your own graphics into the banner. This time will also include personalised training on how to best enter your content into the content management system. You can then continue to work on your website content in your own time, getting support from our staff within your allocated time. Finally you will sit down again with our designer for 2 hours and tidy up any design issues, content issues, and complete a quick search engine optimisation review or other requests as time permits. This is strictly a time only package, requiring full payment before proceeding. A total of 6 hours is allocated, in which 4 hours is allocated to contact time and 2 hours is allocated to email/phone support time. Project hours will be clearly noted on a job sheet, you can purchase additional hours as required.

This offer is also open to customers not in Auckland. Our designers will require plenty of phone contact time with you to discuss graphics and provide you with over the phone training. 

View more information about $540 Design Package


Hourly Pricing Changes

We have reduced our hourly design rates, training and SEO fees are now only $90 per hour plus GST. This is for any time completed by Albie or Mike. However, any time spent with Reuben on SEO, training or programming will be charged at $120 per hour plus GST. Our standard quotes for $1800 professional design and $2000 ecommerce sites remain unchanged. Please note our new $540 time only budget design package.


Events Booking System (now with Payments)

Our events management system has now been upgraded to accept payments. You need to be on a business hosting plan or higher to use this service.

In the events management area, on the right, there is a link to manage products and shopping options. Once you have selected a currency, added some payment options, and added a product and price for your event, then you can connect this product to your event. If you are like us, we repeat our events often, and so you only need to create this product once.

From the user perspective they book as normal. On the thank you page, if the event is chargeable, then it asks them to continue to the next page to make payment. On this next page it will allow them to reconfirm their customer details and method of payment, then on the following page, an invoice will be raised and they can pay.

Please note that your attendee status will not change automatically once paid. You need to manage this list yourself. You should receive an receipt for credit card payments if everything has been setup correctly.

Events Management Feature


Additional Small Business Training Seminars

We'd like to bring your attention to a new small business seminar series. Reuben will be presenting the SEO course. In summary, the seminar topics include:

  • Human resources - recruitment and managing performance
  • Effective Communication - marketing and business documents
  • Websites - SEO, Content Writing, Social Media

These 2 hour seminars will be taking place at the Ponsonby Yacht Club, and cost $45+gst, with discounts for attending multiple seminars.



DPS Payment Gateway Offer

Looking to accept credit card payments from your website? Direct Payment Solutions (DPS) are offering Web Widgets clients a special on credit card processing from your website.

DPS will sponsor the setup fee, and offer 3 months free processing if you apply by the end of April. This is a cost saving of $300.

To take advantage of this offer go to the following link  and complete the application form, or give DPS a call on 0800 729 6368.




We are moving offices to Grey Lynn

We have just purchased new office space on Richmond Rd in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Our new office will be more centrally located for all our Auckland customers, and still with free parking outside.

Our new address will be 14/386 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, however anyone attending this Friday's training, should still come to Onehunga.


Onehunga Office Space Available

We are vacating our previoud office in Onehunga and still have 4.5 months to run on the leases. There are 2 units, both situated in the main street of Onehunga in a quality office block. Both have ceiling mounted air conditioning units, and are sunny and light with polished wooden floors and high ceilings.

Office 1 is 100sqr meters, including full bathroom, laundary and separate kitchen. Potential to live and work in same space. Well setup for photographers. Lease is $26460p/a +gst and no opex. We will either pay the first month rent if lease signed before May, or provide office 2 free of charge until end of August. 

Office 2 is 33sqr meters and has a sink. Use of shared toilet facilities. Indicative lease is $8500 p/a, and no opex. We can sublease at $120+gst per week until end of August. 2 free desks can be included if you let us know asap.

If anyone is interested in aquiring this space, or know someone who might be interested, please let us know. We will give 1 years free web hosting included for a successful referral.


Navigational Tips

Publish does not mean go live. Many people are confused about the publish button. If your website was live, then the publish button will make your changes live. However, even if you are not live, you do need to click the publish button occasionally. If you don't click publish, then view a page, then navigate to a different page, then you may notice that everything looks old. The publish button is like a "second step save" that will make any design changes apply across your whole website.

Having trouble with spacing between paragraphs when editing old or pasted content? Try selecting all the text, and the choosing "unformat" from the "style/size" toolbar menu. This might temporarily add some spacing, but once you have corrected those using the delete key, all your issues will have been resolved. Why does this happen? Well the HTML code used by some other programs, or by our old V4 editor, could have been invalid, or not compatible with our V5 editor. V5 still allows you to edit that content, but often the spacing gets messed up. Pasting as plain text or unformating text is the only solution.

SEO Tip of the Month - LinkedIn.com vs Social Networking

A lot of people go on about social networking, but unless you actively participate and make a lot of "wall updates" or "tweets" about your business, then it's not much point. People also need to want to be a "fan" or a "follower" and they can quickly undo that if they don't like what you're posting.

However, you should not miss out on the business opportunities via LinkedIn.com. This website is for businesses and professionals. I personally believe that Linked In will replace CV's this year, and if you don't have an active Linked In page, then you won't make the short list. This approach will be the same for finding suppliers or for finding new staff.

Connections are good for everyone, and we really encourage all our customers to join Linked In, and more importantly to search in top right box for "Reuben Jackson" whois "CEO at Web Widgets Ltd". Then hover over me, then click "Add to network" then "We've done business together". And if you feel so inclined, please go to your profile menu, then recommendations, and please make a personal recommendation about us.


OK, the above will not really help your search engine optimisation, but it might gain you some "quality traffic" and "quality leads", and that's the whole point really.

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 online quote or contact us.


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


Best regards,
Reuben Jackson (CEO)

Web Widgets - Free Website Builder

Phone: 09 6220797

Posted: Tue 20 Apr 2010