August Newsletter 2012

Well this year is racing ahead isn't it. We hope your business or community group is doing well, and you are enjoying using our website builder service. If you like our service, please do tell your friends about us. Our best business comes from customer referrals.

In this issue of Website Builder News, August 2012.

  1. New Features
    • Customisable Order Notifications
    • Secure Document Delivery
    • Automated Couher Sales
    • Members and Order Management Updates
    • Timed Newsletter Delivery
    • New Hosting Plans
  2. Training Options
    • Website Builder Seminar 6th September
    • Training Videos
  3. Quick Professional Touch ups
  4. Facebook Branding
  5. Tips and Tricks
    • Word 2 Clean HTML
    • Cool Links
  6. Free Sites for Charity
  7. Start your own Website Business
  8. Help Promote Web Site Builder
  9. Websites of the Month

New Features

Customisable Order Notifications

We've updated all of our order notification templates, voucher templates etc. They are all now fully customisable. Before you get too stuck into making your custom templates, please test thoroughly on a test website before implementing them on your site.

Secure Document Delivery

Secure document delivery (selling eBooks and Software online) has been upgraded to use a secure link method for delivery. File sizes are no longer relevant, and all files can be downloaded from the main order confirmation email. This is a really great feature that many of our customers use to sell their ebooks, software, patterns, MP3, high resolution photos, etc, etc anything digital can be sold online in real time, with no admin required if payment is made by credit card.

Automated Voucher Sales

You can setup any product in your shopping cart as a voucher for sale. These vouchers (with random voucher numbers) are automatically added to your websites voucher list once payment has been susccessully processed. Selling vouchers with a discount, is a great way to encourage users to come back later. You can also sell online vouchers for cafes/restaurants/retail, however, you must make sure you disable the voucher in your website once redeemed in store, otherwise it could be used a second time online.

Members and Order Management Updates

We have updated our members and order management areas to use popups. We hope you will like the new layout, which should give you access to more features more quickly and new features as they are added. Although the add member area may introduce a new navigational step, we hope you will find the new layout less cluttered, less scary and the data entry a little faster when entering multiple records.

Timed Newsletter Delivery

You can now control the timing and date of email newsletter delivery. We will very shortly be adding fully automated campaign management, and this is the first step. Campaign management will allow you to drip feed pre written emails to recipients in a sequential order, and shortly after we will add rules for automatically adding matching members to campaigns. One of the most useful campaigns will be for dealing with subscription renewals, or order reminders for products with limited lifespans.

New Unlimited Hosting Plan

We have a new unlimited hosting plan which are great for those who are worried about traffic going crazy on your site. If you are planning on a major marketing campaign like treatme, or television advertising, we suggest you get on one of our higher hosting plans and keep an eye on the traffic. You must increase your hosting plan before the end of the month to avoid excess traffic fees.

Training Options

Website Builder Seminar 6th September

Website Builder seminar, learn how to build a website at the Grey Lynn Business Association seminar on 6th September at 4pm. This seminar is targeted at novice users or those who have not yet trialed our website builder service. The seminar is being put on by GLBA and is free for GLBA members. If you would like to attend there is a non member fee of $30 per person. All enquiries should be made through the GLBA website so they have an idea on numbers.

Training Videos

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

Word 2 Clean HTML

Check out this tool for converting word docs to HTML -

Word2cleanhtml cleans up HTML pasted from Word documents. It applies filters to fix various things that Microsoft Office puts in its HTML and gives you a well formatted result that you can paste directly into a web page or content editing system.

Cool Links

Cool Links provided By Website Builder

HELP/FAQ - Content Management System Online Help

Embedding Web Fonts - Resource file on using Googel Web Fonts

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

Free Websites For Charity

There are 2 hosting plans for charities: Free for very charitable websites serving the greater good helping those less fortunate, or $150/year for all 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/subscriptions. Free websites will include an advert promoting website builder services. The other plan is advertising free but do welcome any promotion you want to give us.

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. We give you full administrative access to our system, and special training. Alternatively consider our affiliate scheme below.

NEW: Reseller domains are now only $19/year, for .nz and most .itld domains.

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 can start paying you.

Terms - live websites only, based on equivalent hosting plans.

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 21 Aug 2012