March 2014 News

In this issue of Website Builder news, March 2014:

  • New domain suffix options
  • Why is Website Builder better than Wordpress?
  • International CDN Hosting Service going Live
  • New discount option
  • Usability Tip For Product Management
  • Improved Support Roster
  • POS - Point of Sale Service and Better stock control
  • New Shopping Cart Reports
  • Keeping your computer safe from viruses
  • Professional Web Design Services
  • One-on-one training options
  • Better Broadband
  • Affiliate discounts
  • Start your own business - reseller options
  • Cool links/system links
  • Websites of the month

New Domain Suffix Options

There are heaps of new domain suffix options like .clothing and .photography. These domains cost about twice to three times the cost of ordinary domains, but do offer many new options for getting a domain name with good SEO keywords included.

New Domain Suffixes

Why is Website Builder better than Wordpress? 

Our customers definitely prefer Website Builder over wordpress, but we thought you might like a few definitive reasons why you are making the right choice. Those who already love wordpress might not be convinced, but it is worth trying another service before making comparisons. The biggest issue with wordpress is you typically need someone skilled to help you get started with the right templates and plug-ins, and if you want to make changes to your template, you typically need even more help. Website builder lets you pick and choose your templates with ease, and make changes to the template without being a geek. 

Wordpress Versus Website Builder

International Web Hosting Go Live (Free CDN Service)

All our international hosted websites are now on our super fast CDN (Content Distribution Network)  service. Next week we will migrate all nz websites as well.

Our CDN (Content Distribution Network) service will give your website the fastest delivery speeds worldwide automatically. 

This CDN network will also provide more robustness to our server uptime, providing access to cached versions of the website in the case of outages on international connections. 

Normally you would need to pay about $40-$50 a month for a CDN service, however, we plan to give all our customers the benefit of this CDN service absolutely free. 

Learn more about the CDN Service

New Discount Options

You can now exclude certain categories from discounts, as well as including certain categories from discounts. By using a hidden category, and assigning it as an "extra category" to a product, you can create complex inclusion/exclusion rules. 

And yes we will have discretionary discount option in the new POS system under development. 

Usability Tip for Product Management

Did you know when you are editing products, if you click on the stock count, you get the stock management screen, and if you click on the price you get the price management screen, and if you click on the photo you get the photo management screen, but if you click on the title, you get the default product details editing page.

You can also drag and drop the products into the order you want, but take note that if you have some products in multiple categories, you might get odd results from time to time, as the position of shared products is shared across on categories where it exists... 

Improved Support Roster

We have created a new support roster for our team, we trust this will produce a faster response to emailed support tickets. Please note that our phones are often busy, as we only answer 1 call at a time, and emailed support tickets are more likely to result in service from other staff and enable us to research your issue before we talk to you. 

Learn more about our Support Roster

POS - Point Of Sale Service and Better Stock Control

We have been working on a very simple new POS service, that is essentially an efficient version of your existing online catalogue to enable you to capture orders from customers who come into your showroom. You can add Cash/Eftpos as a payment method, and you can produce sales reports within the reports area of the CMS. 

We will also be adding more features into our CMS over the coming months to better help you manage your stock. 

The very early stages of POS development are live, and you might even find a use for it now. You can find a link to the POS system under the shopping tab in the CMS. Please note is still needs a fair bit of tweaking, and yes we will be adding a discretionary manager discount option in the near future. 

Learn more here

New Shopping Cart Reports

If you havn't been in the shopping cart reports area for some time, there are now more category and product sales reports that you can drill through. We will be doing more work in this area this year, particularly around stock control. 

(yes this was a repeat from last months newsletter... :-)

Keeping your Computer Safe From Viruses. 

We encourage our users to keep their computer's safe. We often detect customers email accounts being compromised from either easy to guess passwords, or otherwise viruses on their computer sending their passwords to 3rd parties.
Please keep your computers safe by installing this trusted anti virus service on your computer.
Eset is what we use at home and in the office and you get 30 days free from the link below. 

Professional Web Design Services and Training

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

You can see all the available consultants at the following link from all across NZ.



Personalised one-on-one training 

If you require personalised training, please contact one of our consultants 

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.  


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 web designers and awesome business networkers. We can setup any web designer who is interested with all they need to get started as a web designer at no cost:

  • There are no setup fees, no contracts to sign.
  • You will earn $2+ on every domain name sold (based on RRP $19 per year). 
  • You will earn (20%-50%) commission on hosting 
  • You can manage all your customers content, domains, emails etc, easily from just 1 login.
  • We take care of all the billing arrangements, so no administrative hassle. 
If you know of anyone who might be interested, point them at our reseller page. We'll offer a $100 finders fee commission for any existing customer who finds us a new reseller who set's up 3+ live websites. Offer expires 28th Feb 2014.

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 get professional help

Contact - Web Designers or lodge 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 the Team @ Web Widgets Ltd - Free Website Builder

Posted: Sun 09 Mar 2014