August 2010 News

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

  • Training Options
  • Give your DIY website a professional makeover
  • Shopping Cart Upgrades
  • Whitepaper - How do i get more traffic to my website?
  • New Support Ticketing System
  • .co Domain Names
  • Content Editor Upgrades
  • Social Media Tips - LinkedIn
  • SEO Tip of the Month
  • Reseller Options
  • How to help us promote Website Builder and get a 20% rebate
  • Websites of the Month 


Training Options

Free training is available via our YouTube channel.

Our group training sessions are perfect for learning more and asking questions. Introduction course covers all the basics including design, content management, galleries, enquiry forms, shopping carts, domain names, and how to go live. Our Search Engine Optimisation course is great for learning how to get your website higher on Google.

  • Auckland - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours  - 19th August at 1pm - $50
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 19th August at 3pm - $50
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 21st Ocotber 2010 at 10am - $50
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation and Social Media and Intermediate Design Q&A - 4 hours - 21st October at 1pm - $75
  • Christchurch/Hanmer Springs - November, Venue/Date TBC 
  • More Locations and Times - Book Your Training Here

One on One Training is available at our offices in Auckland on an appointment basis, or other regions subject to scheduling. Other times may be considered in other regions for group or half day training.


Give Your DIY site a Professional Make Over

Our professional web designers can spend a few hours making your website a little bit more professional looking, eg tidying up the rough bits, making a stylish customised banner, cropping photos. We can also search engine optimise your websites or create custom buttons for special calls to action. Perhaps you might just like to use our expertese to see what is possible with our powerful CMS tools. Our hourly rate is $90, and 2-6 hours can be a really good investment in your websites success. You can even sit down with our designers during this process and learn how to do it. Training or professional services, contact us for more information.


Shopping Cart Upgrades

  • Shipping dockets no longer have pricing, good for gift deliveries
  • added as a new UK/US payment gateway option
  • Additional fields added to the full format customer and delivery addresses


White Paper - How do i get more traffic to my website?

If you want more visitors to your website, there here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • Is your website easily found on google for all the appropriate key phrases that someone might search for?
  • Are other businesses linking to you, and promoting your services?
  • Is your website link included on all advertising, business cards, brochures, magazines and invoices?
  • Do you run a monthly email newsletter?
  • Are you participating actively on forums relevant to your industry?
  • Have you reserved your username on all popular social networks?
  • Are you using social networking tools to seeking out new people to do business with?
  • What is your message?
  • Are you converting traffic into sales?

Read the full story - How do i get more traffic to my website


New Support Ticketing System

We have introduced a new support ticketing system. Using the ticketing system is the fastest way to get support. It's really easy to use, just email telling us what you want to know, and which ever support person is free will respond to you.

Some tips on using our support desk for faster service: 

  • Send all support/accounts/sales/quotes/etc requests to
  • Please do not address your emails to more than one email address. If this happens your email will be treated as spam/low priority. If you want the fastest email support, please email only to
  • Please only send support emails to individual members of staff if your request is personal and low priority. 
  • Try to provide as much information as you can when requesting support, e.g. what URL or what email address a problem relates to. If there is a general fault, we work that out very quickly, when all phones start ringing at once. So most bugs are normally specific to a particular website or email address.
  • If your request is an emergency, ie relating to an outage or system critical fault, then please call us. Otherwise, please use our email support and one of our staff can call you back if you prefer. We only have a few staff, and often we get overloaded.
  • Screenshot Images often help us undertand what you mean, if you have images to send, please do not copy and paste them into your email, please send them as attachments in JPG or PNG format.





.co Domains and International Domains

You can now purchase .co domain names for just US$30 per year. We have heard that Google is treating these suffixes the same way they do .biz and .com, and are not treating them as Columbian.

Do you want to purchase international domains a little cheaper? Now you can for just US$15 with our affiliate OpenSRS.

Available suffixes include: .COM .NET .ORG .INFO .BIZ .TEL .ASIA .AT .BE .BZ

Search and register an International domain from around US$15 per year.

Once you have purchased one of those domains, you will still need to login and change the nameservers or a-record to ours and also setup the domain name against your webspace in the CMS using the "nameserver setup" method.

or Search and Register an .nz domain for NZ$29+gst




Content Editor Upgrades

We now have a selection of content editors to choose from, these are selectable when ever you see the word style toolbar.

  • TinyMCE - This is the default. Many people experience difficulties when the paste content in. Please use the paste plain text option when pasting.
  • TinyMCE Test - This is the next version of TinyMCE about to go live. If you are interested, check out the new text formating features. Next month we will make this option live.
  • Innova - This alternative editor has now had the image wizard integrated. It's a possible contender for being the new default editor. We would welcome your feedback.
  • CKEditor - This editor is "as is" from the makers, we have not integrated any features.
  • OpenWYSIWYG - This editor was a precursor to our V4 editor, not compatible with all browsers.
  • V4 - This was the original editor developed by Reuben. It's pretty robust, but generates some invalid HTML that the replacement editors don't like. Some users like to use if for older content.
  • HTML/Syntax Highligher - For those advanced users!

We hope you also like our new "Save Dialogue".


Social Media - LinkedIn

Are you Linked In? If not, why not. This social network of professional people, tradespeople and business owners is a great place to network and find new customers, new suppliers and new staff. It requires 2 people to accept a connection, so connections typically indicate some form of mutual endorsement. Join relevant industry groups, and share blogs or interesting snippets of news. You can write recommendations for wonderful businesses like ours, or review others recommendations. I would love to have some more recomendations if you can find the time.


Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month

Renew your domain names for several years in advance to gain a slightly higher position across all your key phrases. It's great for moving from position 4 to position 3, and sometimes that can make all the difference

Using an old domain name that has been active and live for several years also gives you a head start over customers with younger domains.

The domain name registry information is believed to account for about 7% of Googles ranking algorithm.



Start your Own Website Builder Business


Our reseller program enables you to setup and sell websites under your own brand. Web Widgets provides you with all the tools and services you need to do this. Web Widgets remain at arms length. Only your contact details and brand are shown to your customer. They won't know anything about web widgets nor free website builder. This program is perfect for website designers, or sales people looking for new opportunities. The reseller program does have a $1000 setup fee, but you immediately get 25% discount on our hosting fees and can purchase domains for only $22/year. We also give you full administrative access to our system. Alternatively consider our affiliate scheme.

We are currently discounting our reseller program to $750+gst.

Learn more about reseller program


Help us promote our Website Builder (earn 20% commission ongoing)

Anyone who refers friends to our service, or sets up a 2nd or subsequent website gets a 20% discount off their web hosting fees. Refer 5 friends, and you pay nothing for your website hosting. Refer more than 5 friends, and we will start paying you.  

Terms - live websites only, based on equivalent hosting plans, payouts subject to minimums.

How to promote

  • Ask your friends to include your login email address on the form when they signup
  • Create a trial for your friends, using their email address, but put your login email in the referred by area.
  • Contact us to tell us who you have referred (after they have created their trial)
  • Create an affiliate link, refer top right within the CMS, then copy and paste into your page
  • Add a page, on the right under tooltips, see "Website Creation Affiliate Link"

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.  


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

Posted: Mon 16 Aug 2010