February News 2012

A special welcome to the recent attendees of Xerocon.

In this issue of Website Builder News, February 2012.

    • New Features
      • New look CMS
      • Animated Banners with Numbered Slide Selection
    • Training Options
    • Quick Professional Touch ups
    • Tips and Tricks
      • Social Networking Spotlight - IncreaseYourLikesNZ
      • Pinterest Social Pin Board
      • SEO - The Art of Key Phrasing
      • Design Tips - Tiled Background Images
      • Cool Links
    • Free Sites for Charity
    • Start your own Website Business
    • Help Promote Web Site Builder
    • Websites of the Month

New Features

New Look CMS

All users have been migrated to the new look CMS. Your pages content is located in the left menu, all other options from the old left menu are now in a new right aligned top menu. In most cases the menu is structured in a similar way, however some sections have been combined. We hope you find the new layout easier to use.

Animated Banners with Numbered Slide Selection

New animated slide banner option available with numbered slide selection. Similar to our home page. In the design area of the CMS, you can upload several banners to create an animation. There are options to control the style and speed of the animation. Have fun!


Training Options

Our training videos to help you setup your website, or shopping cart, or payment options. Please note these videos show the old look and feel CMS and we are slowely upgrading the videos.

https://www.websitebuilder.nz/Video-Tutorials.html

We also have a collection of excellent tutorials on our FAQ

If you require personalised training, we can provide this training to you over the phone, or in person at our offices in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Training costs $100 per hour by either method. Minimum time is 30 minutes.

Book personalised training here


Quick Professional Touch Up

Do you want one of our professional web designers to give your website a quick once over and clean up the rough edges. Contact us for a quote, our professional designers can do plenty of magic in just 1 hour (100+gst per hour),

Discount Tip: If you purchase 6 or more hours, you will only be charged $90 per hour! Saving 10%.

Web Design Options


Tips and Tricks from our staff

Social Networking Spotlight - IncreaseYourLikesNZ

IncreaseYourLikesNZ is a networking page for business owners in NZ, which helps Kiwis connect with other Kiwis. They help promote your page to KIWIS to increase your numbers, contacts, customers and sales :)

IncreaseYourLikesNZ run LIKES LADDERS, featured pages, and you get the opportunity to market yourself here via our online directory. They provide relevant content about social media and online networking to help you add value to your business and develop a successful Facebook page.

Email: increaselikesnz@gmail.com
Their mission is to help New Zealanders grow their businesses online by networking with other New Zealanders.

To provide relevant information and content about social networking and online marketing to help NZ businesses and organisations increase their online profile, get more page likes, and more customers :)

Pinterest Social Pin Board

Here is a cool little tool you may or may not already know about. Its called Pinterest. basically is a huge scrapbook/pin-board. which allows you to surf the net finding really cool stuff and then using a bookmark you can pin it to your themed pin-board, and also leave a comment regarding the image of interest. pretty soon your pin board is littered with ideas and concepts of interest.
But the cool thing is there is a Facebook app. that is created during the sign up process. every time you add something to your pin-board there is a notification on Facebook. for comments and likes. Social networking just got a whole lot more interesting!

Connect with us: https://www.facebook.com/webwgt

Or tweet about us @webwgt

Or share/like/link/follow/connected or what ever takes your fancy

Search Engine Optimisation Tip of the Month

The art of using Key Phrases.

Select your key phrase. (usually this is a phrase that you believe your clients will search for in a search engine, It also must be relevant to the page in question). eg "flowers grey lynn"
Place you Key Phrase in the page heading, Preferably start with it for long headings. "Flowers Grey Lynn, for Valentines Day"
Your key Phrase should be in the first paragraph of the page. Don't be afraid to repeat the "words" in your key phrase within the paragraph, even if it sounds a little odd. i.e "Buy your valentine flowers from Grey Lynn florist. Grey Lynn Flowers this February 14th".
Your Meta Title should also start with your Key Phrase. "Flowers Grey Lynn, Auckland"
Your page file name should also be you key phrase. (there is a strict format to file names. no special characters or spaces. eg. flowers-grey-lynn.html (html being the document type)
Also consider linking to your page from your homepages content, using the key phrase as the link.
Then repeat the process on another page for something different like "Florist Grey Lynn", which may have alot of similar content, but should be rewritten to avoid duplicate sentences, and all references to flowers might be changed to florist.

Design Tips - Tiled Background Images

Thanks to Andrew for creating some new tiled background images. These can be found in the Clip Art and Background folder of the image browser.

The beauty of using background tiles means that you can enhance the visual appearance of your website. Secondly they tile which means they will evenly cover the entire screen, which is great for viewers that have large monitors and creates a complete visual presence.

In Laymen's terms i can explain it as follows.

Imagine your website is a picture in a frame on you living room wall. The picture frame is always the same size however the wall size may vary. The smaller the wall the more the picture frame is the focus of attention the larger the wall the opposite occurs. Now if you remove the frame from around the picture and apply a textured wallpaper with complementary colours that match the picture the entire wall. The wall becomes the frame. thus the entire visible area becomes part of the picture no matter what size the wall is.

Please feel free to experiment with our stock tiled background images from the content editor to enhance your websites look.

On this note there are also some great free online tools for creating your own background tiles, such as http://bgpatterns.com/ or http://www.tartanmaker.com/ and http://www.stripemania.com/

If you need any assistance enhancing your site then please feel free to contact our designers who will use there professional eye to enhance your websites look. face lifts and site upgrades are always great for enhancing your site and company profile. Our designers are more than happy to put together a personal design package just for you.

Cool Links


Free Websites For Charity

There are 2 new hosting plans, FREE for very charitable websites serving the greater good helping those less fortunate, or $150/year for other community groups and sports teams. Existing customers may retrospectively request these plans.

All charities must comply with our special terms and conditions, primarily that they must not have any paid staff or income apart from donations. Free websites will include an advert promoting website builder services.

Learn More: - Learn more about free websites here

Start your Own Website Builder Business - Discounts of 33%+

Our reseller program enables you to setup and sell websites under your own brand. Web Widgets provides you with all the tools and services you need to do this. Web Widgets remain at arms length. Only your contact details and brand are shown to your customer. They won't know anything about web widgets nor free website builder. This program is perfect for website designers, or sales people looking for new opportunities. The reseller program does have a $1000 setup fee, but you immediately get 33% discount on our hosting fees and can purchase domains for only $22/year. We also give you full administrative access to our system, and special training. Alternatively consider our affiliate scheme below.

Learn more about reseller program

Help us promote our Website Builder (earn 20% commission ongoing)

Anyone who refers friends to our service, or sets up a 2nd or subsequent website gets a 20% discount off their web hosting fees. Refer 5 friends, and you pay nothing for your website hosting. Refer more than 5 friends, and we will start paying you.

Terms - live websites only, based on equivalent hosting plans, payouts subject to minimums.

How to promote

      • Ask your friends to include your login email address on the form when they signup
      • Create a trial for your friends, using their email address, but put your login email in the referred by area.
      • Contact us to tell us who you have referred (after they have created their trial)
      • Create an affiliate link, refer top right within the CMS, then copy and paste into your page
      • Add a page, on the right under tooltips, see "Website Creation Affiliate Link"

More information about affiliates and reselling here

Websites of the Month

Here's a selection of some of our recent DIY Go Lives.

And a few of our recent professionally designed / upgraded websites, or websites that received some professional help.

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.

Do you have any feedback on our newsletter or CMS products? Please let us know.

Best regards,
Michael Stanbury
Web Widgets - Free Website Builder

Posted: Mon 13 Feb 2012

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