June 2012 Newsletter

A special happy Mothers Day message to the many of our customers who juggle their online venture and kids into their busy days.

In this issue of Website Builder News, May 2012.

  1. New Features
    • Image Presets
    • New Templates
    • New Background Images
    • Using SoundCloud
    • Mobile Version
    • Saving Shopping Carts
  2. Training Options
  3. Quick Professional Touch ups
  4. Facebook Branding
  5. Design Tips - Embedding Web Fonts
  6. Cool Links
  7. Free Sites for Charity
  8. Start your own Website Business
  9. Help Promote Web Site Builder
  10. Websites of the Month

New Features

Image Presets

We have now implemented the ability to set the default image resize options that you can select when uploading images to your site. This can be done via the colours and other images area found under the Design Tab.

Options for image Presets are, Auto Resize, Blog Images, Banner Images, small medium and large images.

Once these have been set up. every time you then upload an image you can select the preset size that you require.

New Templates

New standard templates as well as some new E-Commerce templates are available.

Background Images

New background tiles have been added to the Clip Art Gallery under "Clip Art Backgrounds" as well as some full page background wallpapers under "Blurred Wallpapers"


If any body has been looking at streaming audio over there website or have a band website that requires a playlist. Then we recommend the use of SoundCloud

With SoundCloud you can upload any sound file you like and then embed a player into your web page. The sound or music is then streamed via SoundCloud through your website to your audience. The SoundCloud player has Social Networking functions that allow it to be shared on other platforms such as facebook. It also allow people to comment not just on the file but at certain intervals during the sound bite.

SoundCloud Website

Mobile Version

Mobile version custom templates available now. Override our default mobile version with your own mobile templates. These highly customisable templates allow you to control the visual level of your mobile interface, while giving your customers access to your full range of content and online services. Avoid the cost of having a company design a second and limited mobile website for you, when you can have everything in one place. Mobile and Tablet devices now make up a notible chunk of traffic.

Saving Shopping Carts

We've added a "save shopping cart" feature to all shopping carts, allowing users to save their order and come back to it later. It's very easy to use, they just provide a name and email, and they will get an email in their inbox with a link to "resume shopping". This feature is great for couples, families and teams who need to discuss an order before completing the purchase.

We are also adding a "wishlist" or "wedding list" feature soon. Stay tuned.

Training Options

We've updated 3 of our training videos to the new look and feel and incorporating new features... Learn how to insert a photo and the options available.. Also general note that Vimeo is better for uploading/sharing videos than youtube

Our original videos are still available to help you setup your website, or shopping cart, or payment options. Please note these videos show the old look and feel CMS and we are slowely upgrading the videos.


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

Facebook Branding

If your interested in Branding your Facebook business page with your logo and imagery to match your website or a new product release then please contact us to discuss and request a quote from one of our designers

Our in-house trainers can also bring you up to speed with Social Media and how effective it can be when used with your website.

Book personalised training here

    Design Tips - Embedding Web Fonts

    Many of you are aware of the font selections available from the CMS system. However traditionally these have been restrained by generic font families that are available on the viewers computer. Now there is the ability to use any font you like on your website by linking to online font depositories such as Google Fonts!.

    On their site Google provide a demonstration video on how to apply one of the fonts from their font library to a website. GoogleFonts.com However there are a few differences when using our system so I have written an explanation on the process of using Google Fonts with your website in our CMS.

    Please view the full articale here on embedding web fonts

    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 33%+

    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 33% 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

    • Either use the affiliate links option within website builder to create a special URL with tracking information
    • Or get your friends to tell us who referred them when they go live.
    • link,
    • Of if you know someone who you referred has gone live, you can contact us.
    • Or add a page, on the right under tooltips, see "Website Creation Affiliate Link"

    More information about affiliates and reselling here


    Special Referral Offer - Friends get $15 free credit.

    Get your friends to contact us when they go live, and we will give them a $15 credit off their 2nd months hosting fee. This incentive will help more of your referrals acknowledge the referral. Offer expires 1st July.

    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: Mon 11 Jun 2012