August 2011 News

In this issue of Website Builder News, August 2011. 

  • Last Group Training Sessions
  • Quick Professional Touchup
  • Freight Calculator Upgrade
  • New Animated Banner Effects
  • Jquery and ColorBox
  • New Templates
  • Cool Links
  • PHP Website Hosting, and Development Work
  • Social Media Tip
  • SEO Tip of the Month 
  • New free website design for charities offer
  • Start your own website builder business
  • How to help us promote Website Builder and get a 20% rebate
  • Websites of the Month 


Last Group Training Options

As website builder has got easier to use, and our FAQ has improved, many people just havn't needed training. We are thus running our very last group training courses ever. These will be replaced by Training Videos which will allow you to focus on learning just what you want, at a speed you want. Stay tuned for even more Training Videos over the comming months. We have just commissioned development of 30 new videos. 

One on one training will still be available in our Auckland office, or over the phone. On an appointment basis, at $100 per hour. 

Please book onto one of our final training seminars

  • Auckland - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours  - 20th October at 1pm FREE
  • Auckland - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 28th October at 3pm $75
  • Wellington - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 16th November at 1pm FREE
  • Wellington - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 16th November at 3pm $75
  • Christchurch - Website Builder Introduction 2 hours - 17th July at 1pm FREE
  • Christchurch - Search Engine Optimisation 2 hours - 17th July at 3pm $75 
  • Locations and Times - Book Your Training Here


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 1 hour (100+gst per hour),

Discount, if you purchase 6 or more hours, you will only be charged $90 per hour.


Shopping Cart Upgrades

Total Savings and Sub Totals can now be displayed in your shopping cart and on final order summary. Just add the prompts in the shopping setup area - customise cart.

Quantity Price Breaks can now be provided. For example, sell 1 item for $10, but sell 2 or more items for $9. 

Freight can now be calculated more easily for weight ranges. If you have previously used the weight filter approach, please consider the new options for faster management of your freight fees.

The wording of even more headings, prompts and button labels can be modified within the shopping cart process.


Membership Form Upgrades and Interest Groups

All membership forms and subscription forms are now fully customisable. You can add/remove fields, change the prompts, and even include gender and birthdate questions. 

Interest Groups is a new feature allowing members to specify more directly which topics they want to receive newsletters about. You can then filter newsletters to those recepients only.


New Animated Banner Effects

You can now select more animated banner effects. Within the design settings, banners area, you can now control:

  • slideshow effect
  • speed
  • link different banners to different URLs


JQuery and ColorBox

We have now included JQuery and ColorBox on all websites. ColorBox replaces LightBox for popup image enlargements and slideshows. It is more light weight and will help your pages load faster. JQuery will power more slideshow options that we are developing. Stay tuned for new features.


New Design Templates

Mike is on holiday at the moment, but before he left he made some great new templates. Check them out.

See new templates


Cool Links


PHP Website Hosting and Development Work Available

Our new programmer Danae can help with your PHP websites and complete any PHP/Javascript development work you need doing.

For example, form validation, form calculations, implementing javascript widgets, debugging 3rd party widget conflicts, PHP development, and wordpress / joomla / opencms / oscommerce setup/support. Please note that all support for PHP work is strictly on an hourly chargeable basis

Learn more about PHP Hosting and Development


Social Media - Google Plus

Well Google Plus provide many of the privacy features that are missing from Facebook. However, it does not integrate well with those of us who are using another google product called Google Apps. The news feeds are looking a bit quiet, or maybe i just don't have enough friends... 


Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month 

SEO is easy. Just dedicate 1 page on your website to each phrase.

  1. Change the page title, heading to the keyphrase
  2. Use the keyphrase in the first paragraph.
  3. Change the filename of the page to the same phrase.
  4. Link to the page from your home page using the key phrase as the link text
  5. Wait 2 months and check your new google position

More SEO tips and keyword tools here


Free Websites For Charity

We now have a new offer for charitable websites. 

There are 2 new hosting plans, FREE for very charitable websites serving the greater good helping those less fortunate, or $150/year for other community groups and sports teams. Existing customers may retrospectively request these plans.

All charities must comply with our special terms and conditions, primarily that they must not have any paid staff or income apart from donations. Free websites will include an advert promoting website builder services.

Learn More: - Learn more about free websites 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 15 Aug 2011