May 2017 News

In this edition of news: 

  • Updated CMS User Interface
  • Did you win the $4600 eCommerce prize?  
  • Win $4600 eCommerce Package (new competition)
  • System updates
  • New Features Coming
  • Professional website design options
  • Support Promotion; Task Zombie: $25 / hour
  • Wordpress and PHP websites
  • Our Up Time Stats
  • 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

Updated CMS User Interface

This month we have updated our content management system user interface. We hope you like it. 

The general navigation remains the same, but looks a little different. All the features you know, should generally be in the same place where you expect them to be. 

We have removed many of the borders and lines that added clutter to the screen. We have settled on a new icon set, that remains a consistent look around an application that has been developed and improved over the last 17 years. 

If you are using a mobile device to edit your website on the go, you should have a more pleasant experience.

We have removed many of the busy grid/column layouts, and returned to a simple list of features. This requires more scrolling, but new users indicate they prefer this approach to finding what they want.  

Please provide us any feedback on any area which you feel needs more work. In result of that feedback, we make make additional changes in the near future. 

Did you win the $4600 eCommerce prize? 

Congratulations to the winner of our big prize package: Jacquie from Cheeky Cherubs

Jacquie is an existing customer, and we look forward to working with her to deliver our big prize package to revamp her website design, increase her search ranking, and provide free hosting for a year.

It's not too late to win, all new trial sites and existing customers automatically go into the draw. The conditions of entry require that your account status remains active, and you remain subscribed to this newsletter. 

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)

But wait, there's more. If you are the referrer of the winning customer, then you will win 1 years free web hosting. 

Please share this link where your friends can setup their own trial website. So long as they have a trial website and remain subscribed to our newsletter, then they will go into win, and you will win 1 years free web hosting if one of your affiliate customers wins the big prize. 

Referral Competition Entry Link:[MBR_ID]

System Updates

CSV Imports of Product Photos

It is now easier to import products and photos from an existing website.  Just import the product image URLs from your existing website, and we will automatically transfer those images to our server over the following few hours. 

New Features Coming Soon

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.  

We hope to have a beta test running in June. 

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.

Support Promotion:  Task Zombie

Book in for a one hour website make over with Task Zombie for a special launch price of just $25/hr (Normally $40/hr). 

Website makeovers are great for tidying up loose ends and include cosmetic fixes to all existing content in your website. I can update your meta titles and descriptions, tidy up your images and text, proofread and edit existing word copy, create your website favicon and much more. 

Website Up Time and Speed

  • Website Builder Worldwide: 99.99% up time
  • Website Builder NZ: 99.99% up time
  • CMS: 100% up time
  • Wordpress / PHP Servers: 100% up time

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

Learn Online - 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: Thu 11 May 2017