July Newsletter 2012

In this issue of Website Builder News, July 2012.

  1. System Notice
  2. New Features
    • New Image Wizaed
    • New Form Builder
    • PayPal updates
    • New Template Custom Codes
    • Shopping Cart Upgrades
    • Pinterest Links
    • CSS List based product/category and gallery layouts
  3. Training Options
  4. Quick Professional Touch ups
  5. Facebook Branding
  6. Tips and Tricks
    • Cool Links
  7. Free Sites for Charity
  8. Start your own Website Business
  9. Help Promote Web Site Builder
  10. Websites of the Month
  11. Recent System Aids

System Notice

Hi everyone! Some recent changes to the way our system outputs CSS has caused some unexpected issues with websites that use a black (or very dark) background colours. If you log into your website and are unable to see the text when editing a web page, go to 'Design' > 'Colours and Background Images'. Click any 'Save Changes' button. Voilà!

Those familiar with Stylesheets should also note that when linking to images the path should be specific to the site and should reference the CID number in the following format. /uploads/CID#/images/ and not the standard .../images/

New Features

New Image Wizard

A new image wizard is now available. The new image wizard will allow you to upload images, crop and resize directly online whilst maintaining aspect ratios i.e. width and height, Aspect Ratios can also be preset depending on your requirements. Image defaults or presets can be set up via the "Colours and Background Images" link via the design tab. These presets once set up then allow you to format images for your website without the need for photoshop or other image editing software.

New Form Builder

We are currently working on a new form builder starting with registration forms this coincides with strengthening the versatility of the members database.

Pay Pal Updates

Those that use PayPal we have just noticed that www.paypal.com allows you to automatically withdraw your balance each day... thus it is now roughly the same as an ordinary bank merchant account. Although beware the minimum withdrawal amount fee may apply.

New Template Custom Codes

Google Maps now easily embeddable in your templates with [MAP] code, which will use your street address as per your Global contact details...

Shopping Cart Upgrades

Product tabs for additional info like "features / specifications / videos / reviews / links" etc are now available under product "more text photos" tab.

Pinterest Links

Pinterest links are now available. Add your Pinterest user name to your global contact details. Pinterst Icons have also been added to the Social Icons via the "Supersize my site" area under the Design Tab

CSS List based product/category and gallery layouts

We have put together a few new page layout options for the shopping cart and the image galleries. The new layouts use unordered lists, using classes and div's. If your familiar to stylesheets and customising layouts then you will appreciate the versatility that this now allows.

You can change your page layouts by creating a gallery or shopping cart and selecting the appropriate layout. or edit the page in question and use the layout tab in the top left to select. Category layouts however are selected from with in the shopping cart setup page. under tool tips select "Product List / Category Options" then select "Bullet Points with Images (CSS) for the Categories Format.

Training Options

Our training videos are currently being updated with our New CMS layout plus we will be videos for recently added features. We will let you know as soon as they are made live.

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

Tips and Tricks

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

  • 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.

Recent System Aids

HELP/FAQ - Content Management System Online Help

Embedding Web Fonts - Resource file on using Google Web Fonts

CLIP ART - Web Graphics and CSS Stylesheets ideas for your sites

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: Fri 20 Jul 2012