In this edition of website.world news:
All standard plan websites and above now have access to free SSL certificates. All plans paying $25 a month or $250 a year and above, have access to SSL certificates and HTTPS protocol hosting an no additional charge.
To test this, simply change the "http:" part of your URL to "https:" in your web browser, and you should see your website, with a greed padlock, and no other errors or warning messages or missing bits in your website template.
If you have checked your SSL certificate has been generated, and you have fixed all your SSL warnings, you can change your website to use the preferred SSL version, by simply changing the URL in your contact details page in the CMS... eg change the http: part to https: and this change should take affect within a few hours.
We can now host PHP and Wordpress or Joomla websites on our new and improved PHP web servers. The hosting fees are the same as websites built and hosted on our CMS powered platform. All PHP websites get free SSL certificate and https web hosting. Unlike cheap hosting providers, our PHP plans offer a premium web hosting service, with low contention for CPU or IO bandwidth.
About 2 years ago, many .nz registrants reserved the shorter version of their domain name. eg If you have a .co.nz 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 process to register the shorter version of your domain is easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Websites: 100% up time
CMS Up time 100%
Uptime stats provided by Pingdom.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
https://www.pexels.com/ - Free Stock Photos
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:
Posted: Wed 22 Feb 2017