November 2010 News

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

  • Training Options
  • 10th Aniversary of Web Widgets
  • Quick Professional Touchup
  • WHK Business Growth
  • Domain Names
  • Scams - Emails re Paypal
  • Writing better newsletters
  • Social Media Tip - Add This
  • SEO Tip of the Month
  • Free website design for charity - start voting
  • Start your own website builder business
  • 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  - 3rd Dec at 10am - $50
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 10th Dec at 10am - $50
  • Wellington - TBA
  • Queenstown - Webstite Builder/SEO - 10 Feb 2011 at 9am - $75
  • Christchurch - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 14 Feb 2011 at 1pm - $50
  • Christchurch - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 14 Feb 2011 at 3pm - $50 
  • 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.


10th Aniversary of Web Widgets

Well the concept behind the Web Widgets website builder is now 10 years old. About 10 and a half years ago, i started developing the code over 10 years ago, and some of that code still powers our system today. Read my blog entry



Quick Professional Touch Up


Do you want one of our professional web designers to give your website a quick once over and clean up the rough edges. Contact us for a quote, our professional designers can do alot of magic in just 2 hours (2 hours=$180+gst), however if you specify your budget, they will do their best in the time given. 


WHK Business Growth - Better Business Programmes

Are you missing some vital skills from your tools of trade? Like financial acumen, marketing knowhow, or time management?

WHK – Business Growth is committed to growing successful business people, and recently launched a new skills development programme designed for small businesses.

Business training that is affordable and delivered by experienced practitioners who understand business (not academics!).

For as little as $95 + gst per month you can add more skills to your repertoire with unlimited access to a range of practical workshopsand online tools, and build a personalised growth plan with the help of our experienced business advisors. What's more, sign up before 1 November and you'll pay just $85 + gst per month!

Check out:




Domain Names

Don't be fooled by trademark infringement warnings from Asia. You don't need to buy those domain names unless you really want them. There are just so many domain suffixes, it really is pointless buying them all unless you have a specific reason.

.nz domains (just NZ$29+gst per year, discounts for multiple years)

.au domains (just AU$58 for 2 years)

All other International Domains (from US$15)


  • Domains containing keywords are great, but you can really only have one primary web address. So buying several variations of keyphrases are a waste of time. Focus all your SEO linking effort on your best domain name.
  • Use alternative domain names in offline/radio/tv advertising, to guage the success of those mediums.
  • Buy additional domain names only if you think misspellings or "address guessing" will get you some traffic.


Writing Better Newsleters

I recently attended Sarahs course on writing better newsletters at the WHK better business training courses. It was excellent, and I highly recommend anyone to attend. I have made some highlights here on creating a better newsletter that will increase opens/reads.

Read Blog - Writing better newsletters


Social Media - Linked In

Almost everyone has joined LinkedIn, but if you haven't you should. If you have joined LinkedIn, then you might like to connect with more people, offer recommendations, or ask for recommendations. I would love to get your recomendations on our linked in page, and would be happy to connect with you.

Recommend or Connect with me on LinkedIn


Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month

What are your keywords? Have you considered all the variations that your potential customers might use to find you? Have you searched on each phrase to see what results come up, and where you currently ranked? Have you checked your website to see if those keyphrases actually exist on your website? Have you structured your website such that you dedicate a unique and highly visible page for each specific keyphrase?

If you answered no to any of the questions above, then you have some work to do!

More SEO tips and keyword tools here


Free website design for charity - start voting

If your charity, club or community organisation wants the chance to receive a free website makeover, or professional design, then go to our facebook page and make a nomination.

We then add the nominations to our voting page. The winner who receives the most votes this month will receive a free professional design worth $2000 + 1 years free web hosting worth $260.

We will run this competition every month for at least the next 4 months. Your club will automatically go into every months draw, so get nominated early, and round up all your members and their friends to come and vote for you. 

Submit Nominations: Facebook Page

Voting Page: - Vote here



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.

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: Wed 10 Nov 2010