In this issue of Website Builder News, September 2009...
Free Training Sessions NZ Wide
Our free training sessions will teach you how to use our website builder to build your own website or online shop. The course covers all the basics with some tips on bulk emailer, shopping carts, and search engine optimisation included. We also have advanced courses available for a small fee.
Remember there is extensive help available from our FAQ's which is backed up by phone and email support. Or there is always the option of 1 on 1 training - usually just one hours training (@$200+gst) will give you a jump start in your ability and greatly improve the results for your time and effort.
Please make sure you do attend any training that you have booked for. Please invite friends along too.
Even More New Design Templates
We've added even more templates to our collection. We will be attempting to add a completely new section of templates to our collection every month. Please also look for the new colour variations in the layouts we made available last month.
Changes to positional templates
We have also upgraded all our positional templates. These old favourites give you a range of positional layouts where you can upload your own graphics and change background colours and menu styles until you get just the look and feel you really want.
The positional templates now mostly support category menus where indicated in the screen shots. You can also fine tune the layout of a positional layout using the custom template editor.
If you have previously used our positional templates, and you want to make use of these changes, then first change your "look and feel" to the appropriate new template. On the last step, please do not tick the boxes to change your banner nor colour scheme. This will keep your website looking mostly intact, while giving you access to the new customisable features.
Updated DIY SEO Tips Page
We have updated our SEO tips page. The content had been extended now to 7 printed A4 pages of quality SEO tips. If you read and follow these tips, then you will definitely increase your traffic and will be fighting for the top spot. Although it may be hard to get to the top, it's really very easy to get your website higher on google. If you are not even in the top 10 results for 5 different key phrases, then you need to read these tips.
You will also note that we have condensed all the SEO options of our pages and categories into one easy to use area. You will find it much faster to compare the words used on different key phrases, by scrolling down the left menu to the "Search Engine" zone.
Weight Based Shipping Improvement
Shipping options can now be filtered by weight. If you use courier post 5 kg increments or similar, you can now only show the appropriate options based on the total weight of your customers purchase. Please edit your freight fees for more info.
More control over the shipping notification and invoices
You can now more easily insert custom text into your orders/invoices, receipts and shipping notifications. This will allow you to include refund procedures and terms and conditions of sale. Or to encourage repeat business.
You can now also customise a greeting message when sending the shipping notification also.
Change to our Invoice Format
We have changed the format of our invoices ever so slightly to make it easier for you to see the payment options, and also removed any images that may have caused our invoices to end up in your spam folder.
Customising Login Pages
You can now insert headers and footers around the password protected pages. This is a great place to link to a registration form, or explain more information to your customers, like levels of service over the upcoming summer holiday period.
What's in the pipeline?
You will note we are always making improvements to our CMS, and so we thought you might like to know what we currently have under development.
We will notifiy you in future newsletters once these have been completed. Please note it takes time to develop and test these items, we hope to have them all completed before years end, but please note we cannot promise anything.
Welcome to Jo Moala
Jo is our new training co-ordinator and accounts person. She will be taking your training bookings and following up on any accounts issues. Mike and Albie will be continuing to answer most of your support and design questions. Please understand that Reuben is often away or busy with training seminars and focusing on product development items, and thus you should always direct all your support queries to email@example.com If the issue cannot be resolved by our support team, then they can escallate the issue if necessary.
Help us promote our Website Builder (20% referral discount for your troubles)
There are many ways for you to help us promote website builder. If you would like any brochures or business cards, please contact us and we will send you a bundle. Please let us know how many you require.
If you would like to promote website builder from your website, you can now easily add an affiliate page using the "add page" button. This page will allow you to write your own introduction about how wonderful our service is and will include a link with tracking codes so that you will receive the 20% referral discount automatically.
Alternatively, please encourage your friends to just sign up directly for a free trial, or to come to one of our free training courses. Once they have signed up for a free trial, please don't forget to contact us and let us know so we can link your referral.
Or if you are finding work a bit slow in this recession, why not start your own business selling websites. Did you know that we really like customers who want to resell our services and add their own value. If you have SEO skills, business skills, graphic design skills or just super enjoy building websites with our free website builder, then we encourage you to start a business doing it. You will not be stepping on our toes at all. We want to support you in your business endeavours and will give you access to special advanced training courses and support, so that you can in turn provide better support to your customers. Using our affiliate scheme or our official reseller scheme, you can also make ongoing revenue from web hosting. But we encourage you to correctly place a commercial value on the time you put in to helping your friends start websites. We hope we are providing you with a great new opportunities during this recession.
Websites of the Month
Here's a selection of some of our recent Go Lives. DIY websites are always a mixed bag, so we encourage you to view several example sites if determining if Website Builder is right for you.
Do you want a more professional look and feel for your website? A more professional look will instill greater trust in your customers, and encourage them to stay longer on your website or make a purchase. Please use our online quote or contact us.
The following websites were either designed by us, or professionally transfered to our CMS by a third party web designer.
Do you have any feedback on our newsletter or CMS products? Please let us know.
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Posted: Mon 07 Sep 2009