April 2011 News

In this issue of Website Builder News, April 2011

  • Training Options
  • Quick Professional Touchup
  • Availability/ResBook Widget for Accommodation
  • Multiple Product Images with Lightbox Zoom/Slideshow
  • Improved Add Page Options
  • Improved Product/Category Link Wizards
  • Professional Design - HR Toolkit
  • Professional Design - Liborte
  • Cool Links
  • What's happening on our Facebook page
  • Social Media Tip - Meetup
  • SEO Tip of the Month - Product URLs and Localist
  • 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.

New cheaper training pricing if you book early or bring a friend.

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  - 18th May at 1pm 
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 18th May at 3pm 
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 13th July at 1pm
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 13th July at 3pm
  • Christchurch- Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 4th May at 11am
  • Christchurch - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 4th May at 2pm
  • More Locations and Times - Book Your Training Here

New Prices:

  • Now only $50 for early bird discount, book and pay for a training event 3 weeks before an event for discount. (special offer closing date for Christchurch is 27th April)
  • $75 Anytime booking (subject to seat availability)
  • Bring a friend and you both only pay $50. (Subject to seat availability) 

One on One Training is available at our offices in Auckland on an appointment basis, at $90 per hour. 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. 


Availability/ResBook Widget for Accommodation

We encourage any accommodation providers to consider using the availability and booking widgets from www.availability.co.nz and www.resbook.co.nz .


Multiple Product Images with Lightbox Zoom/Slideshow

You can now add multiple product photos and zoom in and view a slideshow using the elegant "lightbox" feature. This is a great option for providing multiple views of the same product.


Improved Add Page Options

When adding new pages, you can now specify the menu button position, or select from 3 different hidden/search options.

You can also specifiy particular security levels or member groups for password protection.


Improved Product/Category Link Wizards

It is now easier to link to categories and products via the link wizard. We have utilised the tree structure for sites with large category lists. And a similar navigation can be used to find category products in larger databases.


Professional Design - HR Toolkit

We have just completed a makeover of the HR Toolkit website. This was a full priced redesign including special graphic/menu on home page, and login and quick links etc on right column.

BTW - This is a fantastic resource for all of you who employ, or are considering employing. We make use of their very affordable service ourselves. We also really encourage you all to join their mailing list, and keep up to date with important changes to employment law in consise plain english.



Pofessional Design - Libote

This website is a fantastic example of how much can be achieved on our lower priced design package, when a customer gives us great graphics to use. 6 hours of our professional designers time was well utilsed delivering fantastic end result for little investment.



Cool Links

Some appointment scheduling software, great for trainers, hair dressers, massage therapists, dentists, doctors, etc.


What's happening on our Facebook Page

This month on facebook we have a new and improved profile image (the big black image top left). See how we have included staff photos, phone numbers etc... You can easily maximise your exposure on facebook with a professionally designed image like this. If you would like help creating your image, then please contact us for a quote.

Also on facebook we have added some photos of the guys at work, our office, and new office scooter. And stay upto date with new features as they happen.



Social Media - Meetup.com

Checkout meetup.com, it's a great place to find industry specific networking events, and tehre are plenty of Auckland events on there. If you have heard of it before, it is not a singles dating site, but there could be some of that going on...



SEO Tip #2 - Localist

You may have heard about a new business directory on the way from NZ Post. We suggest you go to their website and register your business ASAP.



Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month - Product URLs

We now have new and improved URL's for all products, using a reduced search engine friendly format, which also allows the use of SEO keyworded filenames. Filenames must be unique per product. We believe this change will really improve the search ranking for many online shops. If you have previously used the link wizard for inserting product URLs into content pages, then you should relink those for maxium search engine ranking.

You can also customise page filenames, category filenames, gallery item page filenames, faq item page filenames and more. Each filename should be unique across your whole website.

Using a different keyphrase within your filename will help your search ranking for that phrase. It takes a while for google to pick up on the change, but it will eventually. Filenames have no spaces and typically end in .html, eg "buy-cheap-red-shoes-here.html"

More SEO tips and keyword tools here


Free website design for charity

Winner this month: Drift - changing perceptions abour mental health and wellbeing

 Charities can enter our monthly draw for a free website design. The offer is a "free transfer" or "free 1 day professional setup", approximately 6 hours of our staff time, worth $540, plus 1st years free web hosting on business plan worth $410. Total value $950

Go to our facebook page and make a nomination by posting your charity and reason they should win on our facebook wall.

We then add the nominations to our voting page. The winner is the one who receives the most votes each month will win. So it's pretty easy to win within a few months if you make an effort to communicate with your members.

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. Votes do not expire.

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, and special training. Alternatively consider our affiliate scheme below.

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.  


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 18 Apr 2011