After strong customer feedback we have upgraded the default mobile templates to include banners.
If your banner is a large file, it might slow down load the time of your first webpage on a remote 2G or slow connection.
The new default mobile layout also has a popup menu, that is always available even when you scroll.
There are also several other mobile template layouts to choose from, and you can always request a quote for something a little special.
Or you can disable the mobile template mode completely. We do recommend that the mobile templates are used, as they are the most efficient for big fingers on little screens, without needing to constantly pinch and zoom the little screen.
We have designed our mobile templates to be super fast and lightweight and great for customers who are not on 4G connections to get quick page load times. In comparison, a responsive wordpress mobile template with jquery and other unneccessary plugins might take 10 seconds or more to load the home page on a rural mobile connection.
We have added an auto save feature to many grids, tables and forms within the CMS. It will take time to update all pages, so in the meanwhile if you see a SAVE button, then you need to click it. If you see a little green box flash with the words "saving" then you know your changes have been saved... This usability enhancement makes it much easier to work much faster.
We have not as yet added an "auto draft save" feature to the TinyMCE wysiwyg editor, but we hope to add a similar feature there at some stage.
Stock counts. Stock counts are now updated when you delete or cancel or uncancel an order.
Customers who are logged in and purchase digital files, will automatically we able to redown the file from the product page.
Those who use a template with the shopping cart in the right column, will be enjoying the visual effect of their product photo visually moving to the cart, and the cart coming back into view if previously it was out of the scroll area.
You can add a quantity box next to the buy button on all product list page layouts now. Look in shopping category options.
You can now rotate images within the Image wizard
You can drag and drop files (in bulk) more easily in many places in the CMS, with a similar look and feel. More work is happening in this area.
The CMS menus now remain in focus when you scroll around inside the CMS.
We have increased filespace limits on all hosting plans. Enjoy.
There are now hundreds of new domain suffix options. The benefit of all of these new suffixes is you can always find a unique name just for you, and perhaps get a keyword into your web address. There is no real downside to the new options.
Discussions in the SEO arena and comments from Google, suggest there is no lessor Google rank value of the new domain suffixes. All will be treated equally given all other considerations from google.
For those who have been collecting variations of their domain name, it is my greatest advice that you don't do it. Just focus on your primary domain names. It would be prohibitively expensive to secure your name in all the different registries... And with so many options available, there is just no point in doing it.
Shortly the .nz domain space will be getting rid of the 2nd level part, eg all domains will look like "websitebuilder.nz" or equivalent. When this happens, we will anounce it so that you can apply to reserve your shorter .nz domain, once your shorter .nz domain is available, you will be able to make it your primary domain name and redirect your old domains to the new one. So therefore, if you are cost conscious, you should not renew your .co.nz domains past the end of 2015. The same thing is happening in the uk, and i would assume Australia will follow suit at some stage.
It will take a few years for the world to stop thinking about ".com", or considering it the premium domain address, but that time will come soon enough.
We have replaced the old Freshdesk support ticket system with a simple email based service. Simply contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and our rostered team members will respond to your questions. By using Gmail we can more easily see your attachments, and provide better 24/7 service via our mobile phones.
Anyone interested in getting some free Xero training? Training provided by Katalyst Office Management.
If you require personalised training, please contact one of our consultants, who are based all over NZ. Many of our Auckland team can also provide over the phone training at a scheduled time.
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.
We believe we have tamed the Guru mediation errors. They had happened less than 1% of the time when our servers were busy. We have done alot of work to smooth out the causes of slowness, and we have also replaced the oddly worded error message, with a new simple message telling the customer that they server is busy, and they should refresh the browser in a few seconds.
Caching speeds up your computer, but it also causes confusion when viewing changes to your website. Every web master needs to become familiar with this concept. Almost a third of all our support tickets relate to mis understandings about caching. We can't change the nature of the internet, we only educate.
With the introduction of the international CDN hosting service, it's important that we highlight a few issues with regards to browser and proxy caching.
Learn more about Clearing your browser cache
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.
We have teamed up with the awesome 2talk team to offer you some great broadband options. If you have become disgruntled with your current isp, now is the time to get a great bundled broadband offering.
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.
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 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
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.
http://word2cleanhtml.com - Cleans word docs for CMS Editor
GoogleFonts - Online Web Fonts
http://pinterest.com/ - A social networking Pin Board
http://pixlr.com/ - online photo editor
http://www.photoshop.com - online photo editor
http://www.jotform.com/ - online form builder
www.needanerd.co.nz - NZ Wide IT Nerds
www.geeksonwheels.co.nz - NZ Wide IT Geeks
www.ninite.com - absolutely the best way to install new software on a new computer
www.2talk.co.nz - cheaper VOIP calling and 0800 incoming call routing
All those links and more at our new toolbox page: More Toolbox / Links
Here's a selection of some of our recent Go Lives.
Please contact us for more information.
From the Team @ Web Widgets Ltd - Free Website Builder
Posted: Mon 16 Jun 2014