Jan 2017 News


Happy New Year! We hope everyone had an enjoyable Summer or Winter holiday season depending from where in the world you live. This edition of website.world news has lots of excellent news and updates.

  • Google Chrome Security Warnings
  • PHP/Wordpress Hosting plans now available
  • New Developer / Support Person
  • System updates
  • .nz Reservations expiring
  • Professional website design - from only $100
  • 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

Google Chrome Security Warnings

This month Google Chrome is rolling out new updates that will identify traditionally hosted websites as insecure. They are not broken from a 2016 perspective, but they are not SSL secure. Google wants all websites to be SSL Secure. 

We have previously rolled out this update automatically for all our premium hosting customers to ensure they were given priority support in time for Googles update.

We will now be extending this SSL offer to all our standard hosting customers, on the $25 per month plan or $250 month plan and above. If you are currently a premium hosting customer, please don't downgrade yet, as we won't be implementing the very important https redirection for another month or so. 

Steps for converting your standard website into a SSL site: 

  • First check your SSL version website is alive. Simply change the http: part of your browser address to https: 
  • Your SSL version website should be available if your http website has been live for more than a few days. If not contact support. 
  • Check to see if your SSL version website has any warning messages. All if well if you see a green padlock. If you see a white circle with an exclamation mark, then there is more work to do. You may need to revise any old plugins that refer to other http websites... try changing them from http to https, and then all should be well. Contact support if you need help fixing up your website to be SSL ready. Support fees will apply for our teams time, as our standard templates and features would not experience these issues, so we would be supporting third party customization.  
  • If you see a green padlock, then all is well and you are ready to signal that your website is SSL preferred. Please login to the CMS, hover over SEO tab, then click "Contact Details", and change your primary URL from http to https version. This will be included in meta tags to tell Google which URL is the preferred URL. 
  • Once we implement our URL re-directions, then all users will see the SSL version no matter which URL they start with. We have thousands of customers to process, so we cannot guarantee a specific date for this. If you want to jump the queue, please change to a premium hosting plan.  

Wordpress / PHP Hosting Plans Now Available

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. 

Learn more about our PHP Hosting 

New Developer / Support Person: Laken

Please welcome Laken who will be joining our team as a developer and support person with a technical focus. In future months we will promote how Laken's programming skills can be used to extend areas of our back end systems, and do custom development requests. 

System Updates

Product Returns

We are currently beta testing a new product returns feature in the "View Order" screen within the CMS. This will allow you to record returned or exchanged goods against an order, and have your inventory automatically adjusted. We welcome your feedback on this long requested feature. 

You can now also enter negative stock in the POS system, which will be treated as a return... however, this method may not feed into Xero or other API partners correctly, as they are not setup to receive negative stock. 

.nz Reservations Expiring

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. 

  1. Login to the CMS
  2. Select your longer .co.nz 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. 

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 Pingdom.com

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: Sun 22 Jan 2017