January 2012 News

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and are as excited as we are at what will be achieved this year.

Last year was a good year for us which also saw the introduction of two new staff members to the team. Danae and Scott. Together we have been hard at work coming up with new ideas and system developments for the year to come. Starting with the face lift to our company website which was launched during the New Year. We will be keeping you well informed of these updates as they start rolling out over the coming months as Mike has taken on the editorial roll for your monthly Newsletter.

In this issue of Website Builder News, January 2012.

  1. Up and Coming Projects
    • New Website Look and Feel
    • New CMS Interface
    • New APIs
    • International and Australian Domains
  2. Training Options
  3. Quick Professional Touch ups
  4. Tips and Tricks
    • Social Media
    • SEO
    • Design Tips
    • Cool Links
  5. Free Sites for Charity
  6. Start your own Website Business
  7. Help Promote Web Site Builder
  8. Websites of the Month

Up coming Projects

New Website Look and Feel

We have started the New Year with the launch of our new Website. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. View - New Look and Feel

New CMS Interface

We are currently beta testing a very new look and feel for our content management system (CMS), and the link is available from the bottom left of your existing menu.

The benefits of the new menu include

  • Constantly visible page menu, and category menu
  • Relocation of the left popup menu to the top right of screen
  • Reconfiguration of their contents.
  • Moving the other websites list under the accounts menu tab

We have been using the new system in house for a few weeks, and are happy that most of the bugs are gone. It took a few days to get used to the new layout, but we believe it is an improvement.

All users will be transititioned to the new menu in late February 2012. But you can enjoy it now if you choose to.

New APIs - Xero / PayStation / VendHQ / Unleashed

Scott our new programmer has made alot of progress on implementing new APIs for Xero and some other great online accounting or stock inventory tools.

Xero API2 is now live, and you should have upgraded your shopping cart at the end of January if not your should do so now otherwise Xero will stop accepting your data.

It is easy to integrate the API2, just go to our shopping setup area, select accounting APIs, then Xero, then follow instructions.

All Paystation users were automatically upgraded to their API2.

http://www.vendhq.com/ is a great option for those who want to mix point of sale (POS) with their shopping cart. We hope to have some beta testing of this by March next year.

http://www.unleashedsoftware.com/ is a great option for those who need more control over their inventory. We hope to have this feature available for testing by May next year.

If there is a specific API that you know of that we should integrate our shopping cart or CRM with, please let us know.

Accounting Package Integration

International and Australian Domain Names

We have now integrated many international domain suffixes to our domain search and registration system. You can now register .au .uk .eu .ca .co .name .mobi etc and many other domain names via our CMS. Save the hassle of using third party registries, and enjoy our competitive domain pricing. Nearly all domain names are only $29+gst per year, and you can pay by online banking or cheque, unlike other international registries.

Australian domain names do require that you answer special questions, which typically requires that you have an Australian Tax Number or ABN. They can also only be registered for 2 years only.

Yes we will offer .xxx domains in the near future. But no, you should not register them if you are not in that sort of business. There are hundreds of potential domain suffixes. Just concentrate on the most important ones for your business, being .com if international, or .nz .au .uk .ca if you operate in those specific countries.

Search and register a domain

Training Options

We have all new training videos to help you setup your website, or shopping cart, or payment options.


We also have a collection of excellent tutorials on our FAQ

If you require personalised training, we can provide this training to you over the phone, or in person at our offices in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Training costs $100 per hour by either method. Minimum time is 30 minutes.

Book personalised 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 Tip: If you purchase 6 or more hours, you will only be charged $90 per hour! Saving 10%.

Web Design Options

Tips and Tricks from our staff

Social Media Tips

Paid social media advertising is powerful and efficient. You can control the timing, the target audience, and all clicks are made by real people who are logged in.

Imagine targeting your adverts to just people who live in your city, between the ages of 20-30, who are female, and who recently got engaged to be married. You might only get 10 matching people, but they would be just the people you want to target. You might consider paying $2 per click to get in front of just the "right people". Direct targeting advertising is the key online success.

Connect with us: https://www.facebook.com/webwgt

Or tweet about us @webwgt

Or share/like/link/follow/connected or what ever takes your fancy

Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month

Here is a great tool to test how strong your web pages keywords or phrases are via this Google Keyword tool

Google Key Word Tool

Simply input your key phrase / your website / and the industry or subject category - it then provides quality variants on similar monthly searches and ranks them.

Design Tips

We always find ourselves recommending free online image editors for those that are preparing their own images or photos for their website. Recently we discovered that Adobe have released a free stripped down online version of Photoshop. I gave it a quick run through and was very impressed. It makes cropping and resizing of images a breeze within its edit functions. plus it has a decorative option which allows you to add text. Ideal for anyone creating image banners with their branding.

I highly recommend giving it a test drive before you sign up for the free service.

Photoshop Online Editor.

This great little tool and is also available as a Iphone and Android app for your mobile device

Cool Links

Free Websites For Charity

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 DIY Go Lives.

And a few of our recent professionally designed / upgraded websites, or websites that received some professional help.

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,
Michael Stanbury
Web Widgets - Free Website Builder


Posted: Tue 24 Jan 2012