March 2015 News


In this issue of Website Builder news:

  • Countdown to end of preferential status .nz domains
  • Awesome New Features 
  • Affiliate Loyalty Points (Rewarding Customer Referrals)
  • Send reminders for incompleted carts
  • Server Migration Complete
  • Professional Web Design Services
  • Better Broadband
  • Affiliate discounts
  • Start your own business - reseller options
  • Cool links/system links
  • Websites of the month

Countdown to end of preferential status .nz domains

At 1pm on March 30th this year, that PRR status will end. This means that anyone can register the shorter .nz version of your domain name if you have not already registered or reserved it. There are some 370,000 .nz domains still in PRR status that will soon be able to be registered by anyone, including your competitors or domain name squatters who may charge you hundreds or thousands of dollars to acquire the domain later. We cannot emphasis how strongly we encourage you to register or reserve your shorter .nz domain.

Learn more about the .nz preferential status ending. 

Awesome New Features

  • Promotion of featured products to any format of home page, irrespective of template design.  
  • POS System can now track affiliate sales (or referred)  
  • Invoice payment status now automatically updated when Xero reconciles a bank payment to a linked invoice.
  • Image sizing can now be tailored differently for specific pages (rather than per template).  
  • Blog and news list thumbnails size increase
  • New blog format with full width images on the blog list pages
  • Instant publishing of sites worldwide

Affiliate Loyalty Points Scheme (Rewarding Customer Referrals)

Affiliates can now earn "loyalty points". Encourage your customers to promote your products via social media using the special affiliate tracking codes, and they will earn bonus points that they can use to make purchases automatically, without any administration required....

Setup instructions: go to discounts, loyalty, and set the bonus points earned for affiliates per order value... (and that's it...) you can also add an "affiliate page" if you want your affiliates to have more understanding of their points earn history...  

You can now adjust your member points balances manually too. 

Send Reminders for Incompleted Open Carts

Auto send reminders to people with "saved carts" after merchant specified time, eg 1 day later.

Setup Instructions: go to shopping setup area, notification options.. Just specify the timing, and a introductory message, and our system will automatically email any known customers who have no finalised their order. We can know a customer if they have specifically saved their cart, or if they followed a link from a newsletter to create but not complete a cart. 

We often get asked about why so many "Open Carts". The answer to this is mainly psychology, not everyone who clicks "Buy" intends to complete a purchase. They may just be interested in the shipping fee, or wondering if there were any discounts. The benefit of capturing the open cart data is that you can see what products are popular, and have this potential to followup with customers who have been tracked by our system. 

Server Migration Complete

We have now completed our migration to AWS infrastructure, the largest most powerful cloud platform internationally. The benefits of AWS are highspeed connectivity to the world. 

Website Builder now hosted on the largest most powerful cloud platform AWS

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: Mon 16 Mar 2015