September 2014 News

We hope all is well and you are enjoying using website builder to power your online business.

In this issue of Website Builder news:

  • Shorter .nz domain name.
  • VIP Pricing Option
  • Default URI's shortened
  • Deleted pages can now be restored
  • Adding products to categories
  • Blog: Which telco or ISP should i use? What mobile phone is best for me? 
  • Updates to Vend, Unleashed and Xero APIs
  • Default Banner Size Changed
  • Fighting spammers and Hackers
  • Rewriting prompts and internationalisation
  • Professional Web Design Services
  • Better Broadband
  • Affiliate discounts
  • Start your own business - reseller options
  • Cool links/system links
  • Websites of the month

Shorter .nz domain names

From 1pm, 30 September 2014, ‘second level’ domains like the .co in ‘’ and the .org in ‘’ will become optional. You’ll be able to get .nz names with them, without them, or both.

Please use the following official website for checking if you can register the shorter version of your existing domain name. If you get a status of PPR, then registration is straighforward and you merely need to wait until 1pm 30th September to register your domain inside websitebuilder.  If however you have a conflicted name, then please follow the conflict process explained in the following URL.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you bought your domain name in the last 2 years, the shorter version may show as "available". If your domain is in that status, then it is a strictly first come first served basis. I can't stress how important it is to secure your domain on the opening day. We have over 500 customers in this status, and we have built an auto registration system for those who want the shorter domain. We will attempt registration of your domain on a best effort. To setup your automatic registration, just login to website builder, locate your existing domain name, then click on registry button or tab. You will see the option for the shorter domain registration there.   

VIP Pricing Option

We have added a new VIP pricing scheme. You can optionally display VIP (aka member group A) pricing to all users, but they only get the pricing if they login and are authorised to have that pricing. If you just want people to get that pricing if they merely subscribe to your newsletter, then you can optionally enable that in the shopping setup, product view options setup area.

Default URI's shortened

We have shortened the default URIs for system generated pages. You are always best to add your own SEO filenames, but this update at least makes it easier for you to change page layouts after embedding links in content using link wizard.

Deleted Pages Can now be restored

We have added the ability to fully recover deleted pages for a short time. About once a week, a customer deletes a page they didn't mean to. This new feature will help leave some hair on your head. 

Adding products to categories 

We've made it easier to add products to new categories without removing them from existing categories. This feature is now available in the main product list area.

Blog: Which telco and ISP should you be with? Which mobile phone plan is right for you? 

Read our recent blog on the current state of telco's and ISP's in NZ, and how you might curb some spending on those services, or maximise your entitlements.

Which Telco and ISP should you be with? Which mobile phone?

Updates to Unleashed / Vend / Xero API's

We have made some updates to the unleashed, vend and xero apis.

XERO - we now automaticaly create xero inventory records using the product code as we send invoice updates

UNLEASHED - client data is now synced, and new client records, or new stock records are now posted to unleashed with any new sale

VEND - client data is now synced, and new client records, or new stock records are now posted to vendhq with any new sale

We are progressing to do more long overdue updates on these APIs

Default Banner Size 100%

Everynow and again we have to make a system wide change because we beleive it will produce more good than bad. One example of this is the default banner size is now 100%, meaning it will full the banner container area no matter how small or how big the banner... this will fix alot of issues where users upload images that are not well sized to begin with...

Unfortunately a few users liked their banner images being smaller than the allocated space. If your banners are displaying incorrectly since about 2 weeks ago, then please let us know and we will rectify it asap for you. 

Fighting Spammers and Hackers

First, it's very important that you have good virus protection installed on your computer. We suggest: ESET - Antivirus Software

Second, it's important that you pick good passwords for your mailboxes. When a customer does not pick a good password, or they have a virus that let's their password be known, then a hacker can maliciously use our mailserver to send large amounts of email. This causes our mailserver to get black listed, and this in turn effects the ability for all customers to send emails. There is not solution for this except for us to be viligent in educating our users to use robust passwords. If we detect large email activity on an account, we are prone to immediately change the user password, so that the effects are limited to the first few thousand emails sent... Consider than 1000's of emails can be sent in a minute, so we need to act quickly... 

Third, you should also pick a good unique password for the CMS, and for other important websites you access. A good password is at least 8 characters long, with a mix of numbers and special characters included in the password. If you are using words in your password, try to use at least 2 words misspelled. 

Fourth, use anti spam "Captcha" fields on your contact forms, to avoid form spam. Our support team can add one for you for $30 if you don't know how to do this yourself. Just turn it on from the page options tab... 

Rewriting Prompts and Internationalisation

Have you ever disliked the wording or a system generated heading or prompt? Or do you run a website in a different language? Now you can reword almost all prompts, headings and other system generated messages via a streamlined "prompt rewriting service".

Prompt rewriting is available in the design menu, and this service overrides some of the old custom prompts from the shopping cart setup area. 

Need one-on-one Website Builder Training?

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.

Book personalised training here

Clearing your Browser Cache and Publishing

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. 

  • The importance of the publish button is even greater now. Once apon a time, product page and blog page updates might have published instantly, now you have to press the publish button to see changes.
  • If your site had errors, or was offline for a short period, you may need to press PUBLISH again to tell our CDN service to check for updates on your website. Publish will generally resolve most issues. 
  • People in different parts of the globe, may now see different versions of your content. The CDN will cache your website in different locations based on the time content was first accesses. Pressing Publish will ensure every one gets the latest version. 

Learn more about Clearing your browser cache

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.



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 isp, now is the time to 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 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: Wed 17 Sep 2014