October 2013 Newsletter

Bring on the sunny spring weekends, evening BBQ's and it's amazing what changes a month can bring here at Website Builder. 

Our new shopping cart is live, our designers are now all independent contractors waiting to help provide you professional design work, and we have added PoliPay as a great option for real time online banking payments with tracking. 

In this issue of Website Builder news, October 2013:

  • New Approach To Design and Training
  • Shopping Cart Upgrade
  • PoliPay - New payment gateway
  • Introduction Training Seminar - 1 hour - now just $35
  • In depth website builder seminar, 15th October - 2 hours, just $65
  • And shopping cart seminar, 15th October - 2 hours, just $65
  • One-on-one training, just $100 per hour. 
  • Better Broadband
  • New Telephone Portal
  • Emergency Support Tickets - New Approach
  • New Shopping Cart
  • New Click to Edit Mode
  • Get Free Links to your website 
  • Affiliate discounts
  • Start your own business - reseller options
  • Cool links/system links
  • Websites of the month

New Approach To Design and Training

All our design consultants are now independent contractors and resellers. You can see all the available consultants at the follownig link.


If you require training or professional help getting started with your website, please contact a local consultant or review their portfolios and special pricing if you want to do it virtually. We have authorised all our resellers and design consultants to engage with you directly, and bill you directly for their time. 

New Shopping Cart Logic Live

Our old shopping cart has been replaced with a completely new shopping cart. 

We hope you like the following new features

  • Thumbnails of images appearing in your invoices and email notifications. 
  • A new narrow cart option that shows the contents of your shopping basket on all pages. [see example]
  • Savings and discounts are more clearly shown to customers. If you are in a wholesale relationship, you can disable these savings if you want, please login and change the configuration setting. 

New Payment Gateway - Polipay

PoliPay is a great payment option for those who want instant notifications for customers who pay by online banking. 

You may have already used PoliPay via the air new zealand website. 

We will shortly be adding PoliPay to our list of payment methods for our own invoicing system. 


Training Seminars Available

We have some great training options available. 

  • 1 hour demonstration of website builder which is great for new users, learn the basics from Ian. Cost only $35+gst. Several dates available. 
  • 2 hour "next step" training session for those who want to learn more detail about Websitebuilder from Reuben the CEO. 15th October - Cost only $65+gst
  • 2 hour "Ecommerce focus" training session for those who want to learn more about the advanced ecommerce features. Also on the 15th October, and also $65. 

For those who are not in Auckland, you might like to fly in for the occassion? We've timed the courses to make it accessable with flight times or school days... 

View Training Event Dates

Personalised one-on-one training 

If you require personalised training, we can provide this training in person at our offices in Grey Lynn, Auckland, or over the phone. Training costs $100 per hour. 

We would encourage all customers to get at least one hour of training at the early stages of building their website, and one more review prior to going live, just to give your website that professional critique, and quick tidy up of the rough bits.

Training topics include:

  • How to use website builder and shopping cart

  • How to design websites

  • How to crop and tidy up photos

  • How to optimise to get your website higher on google and other search engines

  • How to setup a facebook page, or other social media account

  • How to send newsletters

  • How to use any other feature we offer.

Book personalised training here

Better Broadband

We have teamed up with the awesome 2talk team to offer you some great broadband options. If you have become disgruntled with your current telco, now is the time to move your business to voip and get a great bundled broadband offering.  


New Telephone Portal

We've performed along overdue upgrade to our telephone voice menu. A new professionally recorded voice will take you to the most requested areas, and get the right person in touch with you quicker. You can speed up the process if you press 1 for sales, 2 for accounts or 3 for support... Ask the team for their DDI access number if you want faster access to specific people. 

Please note, that email is always the best way to communicate with us as you can provide more information, screenshots, links etc. Phone calls often take 15 minutes, and at peak times we cannot answer all calls. 

We have also removed the 3rd party call center that we had answering the phones for the last few months, and have reduced our regional numbers. We now have just 3 simple free phone numbers. 

NZ: 0800 894122
Australia 1800 816063
USA: 888 254 3166

Emergency Support Requests

And via our online support portal, we provide a new option to lodge urgent support requests. These special requests will send SMS alert messages to the whole team, which is much better than calling us after hours. Such urgent service incurs a support fee if misused. Free emergency support is to notifiy of us of a major outage or business process impediment for a live website.  


New Shopping Cart 

We have been working on a replacement for the current shopping cart, with some great new layout options for advanced users... Our developers are working on the finishing touches and our designers are working these into the existing templates. 

Most exciting will be a narrow "ticker tape" version of the shopping cart similar to a supermarket receipt..  

We envision the upgrade will happen sometime in late September. Most users will not notice any differences, however anyone who has spent effort customising the look of their shopping cart with CSS code may need to revisit this work. 

New Click to Edit Mode 

We have a new WYSIWYG editor mode for websites. It's great for people who like to navigate their website normally and just click to edit any element they want.

Due to popular feedback, we will be retaining the current navigational approach in the CMS, so you can choose which way you want to edit your pages.

To access the new click to edit mode, just click on the orange "Edit Content" button in the CMS.

Get Free Links to your website - Search Engine Optimisation

We have upgraded our SEO area in the CMS further, and you can now get free links to lots of affiliated business directories. 

Just hover over the SEO tab in the CMS, and click on "Link Building (Directories). 

Most directories are free, and we have already given a free link to all our customers in the: Website Builder Customer Directory.

Please help us make this community directory better by updating your classification and information. 

Receive a 20% discount off your web hosting, for life, by referring a friend 

Did you know that if you refer a friend to use our awesome website builder service, you get a 20% discount off your hosting? If you refer 5 friends, then you will essentially get your web hosting for free! Not only that, but your friends will also get their 2nd month web hosting absolutely free. That's a nice little encouragement for them to check our service out and gives us the opportunity to setup your discount. Both discounts apply for your  2nd and subsequent websites also. It doesn't matter if it is yours, a friend, family or a stranger. Discounts begin once both websites are live. Please make sure you or your friend communicates the referral at the earliest opportunity. 

More information about affiliates here

Reseller Options 

We have an awesome new offer for the young (and old) web designers.We can setup any web designer who is interested with all they need to get started as a web designer at no cost:

  • A free website to promote their web design business, that they can customise to their hearts content. Learning all about our cool customisable themes. 
  • There are no setup fees, no contracts to sign.
  • They will earn $2+ on every domain name sold. 
  • They will earn 20% commission on hosting. 
  • You might even like to be their first customer... 
  • They can manage all your customers content, domains, emails etc, easily from just 1 control panel.
If you know of anyone who might be interested, point them at our reseller page. 

More information on reselling here

Need Help! is at hand...

There are several places you can find answers to questions about how to build your website and add features (which, there are a lot of) and its free for you to look:

If you can't find the answer you need - then the best way to get an answer fast is to log a support ticket:


In 99% of cases the answer to a problem is covered in one (or more) of these places. We always fix bugs fast, with all the users we have we get notified very fast of any real bug -  they are not common, so if you are having an issue operating the CMS consider some online training with us - you'll always take something away worth value. In all other cases we are happy to do anything you are having trouble doing yourself for a small fee starting from $20 for 10 minutes. 

Cool links

All those links and more at our new toolbox page: More Toolbox / Links

Websites of the month

Here's a selection of some of our recent DIY Go Lives.  

And view more examples of websites powered by website builder

Please contact us for more information. 

From Reuben and the Team @ Web Widgets Ltd - Free Website Builder


Posted: Fri 11 Oct 2013