March 2011 News

In this issue of Website Builder News, March 2011

  • Training Options
  • Quick Professional Touchup
  • Appointment Reservation Calendar with Availability
  • Improved Support For Apple Users
  • Christchurch Earthquake
  • Domain Names
  • Marketing Websites - LemonPie
  • Social Media Tip - Hootsuite
  • SEO Tip of the Month - Google Places
  • Free website design for charities
  • 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  - 15th March at 1pm - $75
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 15th March at 3pm - $75
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 16th March at 1pm - $75
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 16th March at 3pm - $75
  • Christchurch- Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 4th May at 1pm - $75
  • Christchurch - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 4th March at 3pm - $75
  • 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.


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 plenty 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. 


Appointment Reservation Calendar with Availability

We had been working on building our own meeting reservation system, and then we discovered a nifty little service called, it did everything we wanted to and more, and doesn't cost a cent, so we cancelled our project and immediately made use of it. synchronises with your calendar and allows customers to make an appointment during a free time within preconfigured parameters. e.g. You might only take meetings on specific days, and it won't double book you. Once setup you can do manage everything from your calendar or phone.

It is perfect for people like: hairdressors, dentists, trainers, massage therapists and other very busy people.


Example: /schedule-meeting.html


Improved Support For Apple Users

If you use an Apple computer, you were probably unaware until now that you could insert rows/columns into tables, or change the properties of a table by just right clicking. This is because that right click functionality doesn't work with Apple computers. We have now added a 3rd row of table editing features to the WYSIWYG editor toolbar. Have fun apple users!


Christchurch Earthquake

Web Widgets Ltd donated $5000 to red cross for all the fine work they are doing in Christchurch following the big earthquake.

In addition, any businesses who were significantly effected by the earthquake, such that you are thinking of taking your website offline, then please consider asking us to give you a temporary repreive on your hosting fee. It will be better for your search engine optimisation to keep your website online.


Domain Names

Purchasing your domains direct from us will ensure better customer support for your domain name.

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.


Marketing Websites - Lemon Pie

A tip on promoting a new website, incentives do work. I'm promoting this site for a friend, and it's a new "deals" type site. They are giving away 5 ipads for $1 each, and now is a good time to enter to win.

This site is a good illustration of how using a big incentive can help you grow your customer database quickly.


Social Media - Hootesuite

This web based application is a great way to manage several social media networks in one place, and quickly see your mentions and follow keyword searches across a range of channels. The use of columns with your saved searches saves you having to repeat your searches. You can also submit the same status update to mulitple networks, and even time the delivery of your post for maximum exposure over time.


Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month - Google Places

I can't really reiterate enough how important it is for any accommodation/tourism provider or trades person or anyone with geographically important keyword terms, that they really must ensure they have a "google places" listing, or that they have updated their google places listing. 

Google places is focused on geographically competitive businesses. Do a search on your industry name, plus a geographical region keyword that makes sense for your industry, eg city or suburb, then look for the variation in googles standard search results. This data is coming from Google Places, and it is also used for google map searches too!

More SEO tips and keyword tools here


Free website design for charity

Winner this month: EBOP play center association

 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 will receive a free professional design worth $2000.

We will run this competition every month until further notice. 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 on our: Facebook Page

Voting Page: - Vote here


Start your Own Website Builder Business - Discounts of 30%+

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 30% 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.  

And a few of our professionally designed / upgraded websites.

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 14 Mar 2011