March 2017 News

In this edition of news:

  • Win $4600 Ecommerce Package
  • .nz Reservations expiring 30th March 2017
  • All standard websites now redirecting to https mode.
  • System updates
  • New Features Coming
  • Professional website design - from only $100
  • Wordpress and PHP websites
  • 100% Up Time
  • Need training? 
  • Watch Training Videos 
  • Better Broadband & 0800 telephone numbers
  • 25% discount on hosting
  • Start your own business - reseller options
  • Cool links/system links
  • Websites of the month

Win $4600 Ecommerce Package

We have an awesome prize for you to win. 

- Premium business grade SSL web hosting for (1 year)

- Professional web design or makeover  (20 hours)

- Ecommerce website configuration (7 hours)

- Search engine optimisation (3 hours)

.nz Domain Reservations Expiring  1pm 30th March 2017

About 2 years ago, many .nz registrants reserved the shorter version of their domain name. eg If you have a web address, you might have reserved the shorter .nz version of the domain, however, you might not have registered it. That reservation process was free, and it had a 2 year limit on it. Now that time is nearing to an end, you need to register the shorter version of your domain, or lose the exclusive right to it. 

  • The deadline for registering reserved names ends at 1.00 pm on 30 March 2017
  • If registrants with rights to reserved names do not register the reserved domain name by 1.00 pm on 30 March 2017, the domain name will automatically become available to register on a first come, first served basis.

The process to register the shorter version of your domain is easy. 

  1. Login to the CMS
  2. Select your longer domain
  3. Click (Registry) button
  4. Check for availability of the shorter version...
  5. Register / Transfer this domain

 If those options are not available to you, it's possible that you have already attempted the transfer/registration of your shorter domain. Check the domains list, and if it's there, attempt to complete transfer/registration. 

TIP: Registration of a reserved domain is actually treated by all domain registry companies as a "TRANSFER" of the domain, using the same UDAI as the longer version of the domain. 

All standard sites now redirecting to SSL mode

All standard plan websites and above now have access to free SSL certificates and HTTPS protocol hosting at no additional charge. 

Today we upgraded all our standard customers to have https as their default hosting mode. We will automatically redirect http sites to the https version. 

If you have any embedded content that does not display correctly, then you will need to fix it, or contact our web designers to help you. 

If you would prefer to remain on the old HTTP protocol, then you can simply login to the CMS, and change your primary web address URL to http rather than https, as the prefix. 

We encourage all our customers to upgrade to https mode, as you will get better google search results, and web visitors are more likely to convert to being customers, if they are browsing on a secure website. 

System Updates

Merge Member Records

You can now merge duplicate member records in the member management area in our CMS/CRM. 

Deposits - Now Available

Deposits - now available on a product by product basis (for Beta Testing)... Enter a percentage for relevant products, and the user only needs pay the deposit on checkout, but the order retains the full balance, to be settled later... either via a reminder email, or in POS.

Product CSV Uploads

We have tweaked our CSV upload feature. This should be much faster on bigger imports, skipping updates for rows with no changes. And better validation of reference IDs.

Social Sharing Images

You can now set the preferred image to display in social sharing sites, on a page by page basis. We suggest you set a preferred image for your home page at least. Where as blogs and products pages this happens automatically. Refer to the RENAME tab of any page to set this image. 


New Features Coming

Our new developer Marat is busy working on one of our biggest updates in a while. We will be adding a booking management system in coming months. 

  • Customers can book a meeting or appointment from an availability calendar. 
  • Customers can book and pay for services, including deposits. 
  • Customers can view their bookings and modify dates or times, within set parameters. 
  • Customers can hire items, where availability is managed by our system, pay for deposits, etc. 

There is a lot of work going on, and we know this will be a popular feature.  

Need Professional Help?  

There are professional web designers all over New Zealand, and the World, who can help you customize your website design. Our in house team can offer a tidy up of your website for just $100+GST. Or contact any of our listed web designer for a full website design or makeover quote.  No matter who you use for your website design, your website remains powered by our awesome content management system, so you can easily make updates to your website long term.

Website Up Time and Speed

Websites: 100% up time 

CMS Up time 100%

Uptime stats provided by

Wordpress / PHP Hosting Plans Available

We can now host PHP and Wordpress or Joomla websites on our new and improved PHP web servers, with a target of 5% CPU usage, leaving 95% spare capacity to ensure your websites load quickly at all times.   

Our PHP servers are load balanced, with MultiAZ database fault tolerance, to provide maximum up time. 

All PHP websites get free SSL certificate, and free https hosting. 

We support the latest version of Wordpress 4.7.3 running on PHP7 

The hosting fees are the same as websites built and hosted on our CMS powered platform.  

Learn more about our PHP Hosting 

Need one-on-one Website Builder Training?

If you require personalised training, please contact one of our consultants, who are based all over. Several consultants also provide over the phone and web based 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

All New Training Videos

Andrew has been busy making some awesome new training videos, to show you just how easy it is to do some amazing things. If you want him to make more great videos, please email support telling him what a great job he's doing, and what you would like to know more about. 

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.

  • Pressing publish button is neccesary even before you go live. Pressing the publish button allows you to navigate your trial website. When you navigate your trial website, you are actually navigating the published pages in many cases. Only the first page to preview in preview mode usually shows your recent changes. 
  • Your web browser is not aware that you are currently editing your website. The web browser does not undersstand any connection between our website builder CMS, and your website with a completely different URL. You typically need to press REFRESH on your browser to see recent updates. Or you may even need to clear your browser cache.

 Learn more about clearing your browser cache

Faster Broadband, Better Phone Support (NZ Customers)

We have teamed up with the awesome ISP's 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, including the following ISPs 

  • MyRepublic
  • 2Talk
  • BigPipe

View Awesome NZ Broadband Providers

0800 Numbers and Cheaper Tolls (NZ Customers)

Do you need an 0800 number for your business? We think 2talk provide a really awesome service, and it's who we use. For example, you have an 0800 number call your landline first, then your mobile, then your 2IC's mobile to ensure that somone will take the call. Their rates are cheap, and all the value added services can be managed via a web page control panel, so you don't need to wait on hold for any call centers. You can manage your lines fully yourself. 

View 2Talk Offer

Receive a 25% discount off your web hosting, by referring a friend 

Did you know that if you refer a friend to use our awesome website builder service, you get a 25% discount off your hosting? If you refer 4 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 (25%-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 in the reseller's first 3 months. 

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 you can Contact - Web Designers or lodge a Support ticket

Cool links

All those links and more at our new toolbox page: 

More Cool Links

View more example websites


Please contact us for more information. 

From the Team @ Web Widgets Ltd

Website World - Free Website Builder

Posted: Wed 22 Mar 2017