July 2011 news

In this issue of Website Builder News, July 2011. A special edition focusing on IT issues

  • Training Options
  • Free Seminar - Xero Accounting, Shopping Cart, HR, and other Cloud Services
  • Quick Professional Touchup
  • Sell Vouchers with Bar Codes
  • "Hi I'm calling from Microsoft Technical Support" - NOT
  • Welcome Danae
  • New Company Car - Toyota Prius Review
  • Cool Links
  • Social Media Club Event Tonight 6pm
  • Social Media Tip - Very Social Toobar
  • Social Media - Google Plus +1
  • SEO Tip of the Month - Get higher on google
  • 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  - 28th July at 1pm 
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 28th July at 3pm 
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 13th July at 1pm (SOLD OUT)
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 13th July at 3pm (SEATS AVAILABLE)
  • Christchurch- Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 20th July at 1pm (SOLD OUT)
  • Christchurch - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 20th July at 3pm (SEATS AVAILABLE)
  • 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. 
  • $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.


Free Seminar - July 25th - Xero Accounting, Shopping Cart, HR, and other Cloud Services

We are taking part in a free 2 hour seminar to be hosted at Xero offices on 25th July. Seats are strictly limited, so please book early to secure your place, and please attend.



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. 

Read a testimonial:

Celestial Essentials is one of Web Widgets early websites having a fully customised web template. We recently converted to one of Web Widgets new templates, the whole conversion taking no longer than 5 mins. As the owner and operator of Celestial Essentials I am extremely happy with the new look and availability of Zone 2 now to create specials and add-ons without impinging on my main page text. As the internet market place becomes more competitive it is great to be able to give our customers something new and vibrant to look at with such ease. Thank you Web Widgets for all your phone assistance as always. Please take a look at the transformation. - Marilyn - www.celestialessentials.co.nz 

Sell Vouchers With Bar Codes

You can now sell vouchers in your shopping cart with printable barcodes suitable for use in a bar, cafe or retail store. Optionally, the vouchers can automatically update the online shopping voucher list for immediate use by the intended recipient for real time service. See the automation tab on each product.



Hi I'm calling from Microsoft Technical Support..... NOT

Don't be fooled by random people ringing you up asking to fix your computer. If you need help, call a professional. Don't give credit card numbers to people who ring you up for charity, ask them to send an invoice, or go to their official website and make your donation that way. Don't worry about intellectual property notfications from Asia regarding your domain names. If you primarily sell to an English audience, they you would do better to buy Australian and Canadian names from us. Don't refund money to strangers overseas who deposit large sums in your bank account. Don't talk to strangers... 

Hi, I'm calling from Microsoft Technical Support

    Welcome Danae - New Employee

    Danae has just joined us, she has a technical background and will be focusing on development of new widgets to add to your website, including the creation of the new "very social" widget.

    She will be the front line person taking all your support calls, please go easy on her over the next few weeks.

    New Company Car - Toyota Prius Review

    It's like a big computer on wheels. Very smart, lots of lights and buttons. It is also more powerful to drive than you might expect, and does live up to being economical. 

    Review of a Toyota Prius, my new company car


    Cool Links


    Social Media Club Tonight - Tuesday 6pm

    Tonight at Satchi and Satchi in Parnell Auckland. Sorry if you got this update too late, but follow them to attend next months event.


    Social Media - Very Social Widget

    The Very Social Toolbar, and the Google +1, Like and Tweet widgets are new and available in the Supersize my website area of the design settings area. These are great widgets to add to your website to help your website gain more social exposure.

    Social Media Google Plus

    If you have been lucky enough to be invited to Google Plus, a new social platform, then congradulations. The rest of us will hopefully be there soon. Unlike Googles attempts before, this one will be worth paying attention to. The dual launch of +1 and Google plus is an obvious attempt to lock in users who will want to make use of the +1 effecting their search ranking. We will talk more about this next month.

    Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month 

    Learn how to get to the top of google. A short article here:

    Getting to the top of Google

    And just a quick mention about Google +1, these will effect your search rankings eventually, so consider adding a +1 button to your website along with facebook like. 

    More SEO tips and keyword tools here


    Free website design for charity

    Winner this month: The Titirangi Rudolf Steiner Playgroup

    Recent Winners, view their websites.

    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: Tue 12 Jul 2011