December News 2019

As this is our last newsletter for the year, we want to take the time to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and all the very best for 2020. 

In this month's newsletter, we're focusing on providing helpful Christmas and New Year business information:

  • Our Support Desk Holiday Hours
  • Managing Your Website Over Christmas
  • 12 Blogs of Christmas: Website Content Ideas
  • Managing Stress as a Business Owner 
  • NZ Business Owners Christmas Gift Guide
  • Domain Pricing Changes
  • Sites of the Month
  • Website Migration
  • System Updates
  • Training Webinars (New Sessions)
  • Featured Support Videos
  • Professional website design options
  • WordPress and PHP websites
  • Need training? 
  • Referral Discounts
  • Recent Go Lives

Our Support Hours Over the Holidays

Our phone support team will be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Email support will also be limited during this time. 

There will be no phone support available between close of business on the Friday 20th December until 9am on Monday 13th January 2020. Anyone who does call, will be able to leave a message on the answerphone, with all messages being added into our support email queue to be dealt with in the same way as any email inquiry. 

Managing Your Website Over Christmas

Each year we are asked by customers if they should take their website offline for the holidays.

The answer is NO! Your website should remain online in order to maintain the SEO ranking you have achieved during the year. This is true, even if you are closing your business down for a few weeks, or heading off on holiday and won't be shipping any products. 

Here are two things you can do instead:

1. Temporarily disable your website's Buy Button under:

SHOPPING - Customise Display Options - and selecting Not to Anyone in the Display Buy Button box. This will stop orders being taken from your site until you change the Display Buy Button box tab again.

2. Add short term messages about general order processing times in the cart and checkout headers.Visit SHOPPING - Customise Display Options & Notifications and scroll down the page until you see the appropriate cart and checkout header additional text insertion boxes. This will not stop orders being taken from your site, but will inform customers about delayed delivery times. 

For more information about why your website should remain online during the holiday period, please read our article Should I Take My Website Offline for the Holidays. 

You've been blogging all year long and now that Christmas is approaching, you've run out of ideas about what to post. It's okay though, because you have an entire year's worth of information to share with your website visitors! We've got 12 end of year blog ideas for you.

Read the article here.

Stress can strike anyone and at anytime. Running a business is no walk in the park, with the majority of new owners trying desperately to keep their heads above water.  It is possible to lower these stress levels and run a business effectively, and that's what this article discusses. 

You're wanting to give a business owner a great Christmas present to thank them for all of their work during the year. Or perhaps you are a business owner, and since no one is getting you a gift, you're going to get your own!

We asked the members of our free NZ business networking Facebook group for their suggestions, and we're loving all of them!

Read more here

Posted: Wed 11 Dec 2019