December 2013 News - Merry Christmas Everyone

December 2013 News - Merry Christmas Everyone

A merry Christmas to all, and best wishes with lots of sales in the silly season. 

In this issue of Website Builder news, December 2013:

  • Our Christmas Gift To You
  • Christmas Hours
  • Christmas Web Design Specials
  • Ultimate Multiscreen and Wirefree solution for Notebook users.
  • Great Christmas Gift Ideas
  • Other Christmas IT suggestions
  • Keeping your computer safe from viruses
  • Mysky, MyFreeview or What?
  • New approach to Purchasing Web Design Services
  • One-on-one training options
  • Better Broadband
  • Emergency Support Tickets 
  • Affiliate discounts
  • Start your own business - reseller options
  • Cool links/system links
  • Websites of the month

Our Christmas Gift To You

In place of corporate branded gifts, cheesy animated virtual christmas cards, or real christmas cards via the old postal network, we continue our tradition of donating $10000 to Oxfam. Oxfam work on all sorts of awesome projects to help empower people to empower themselves. For example, helping peasant farmers get their produce to the market (and i mean physically picking them up from their remote village to bring their food to the market place), or helping them commercialise their waste products to produce new incomes. This approach of helping people help themsevles is an ethos I am sure many business owners can relate to.

Read more here

Christmas Hours

Our office will be closed from 20th December until 9th January.  

We will monitor for important emailed support tickets, but ordinary support requests may not be answered over that time. Urgent tickets will send us an SMS message. Please do not abuse the urgent service so that we may also enjoy time with our families. Please pay your hosting invoices and domain renewals well in advance to avoid outages. Outages due to non payment will resolve themselves automatically shortly after the system notes your payment (paid via credit card or polipay). 

You may also like to pay for urgent service from one of our resellers, subject to their own availability:

 Contact - Web Designers

Christmas Web Designer Special

Shopping Cart Booster special - 3 hours shopping cart tweaks for $200.00

Make the most of the pre-xmas rush with a 3 hour shopping cart design package to make your products look their best. Changes customised to your needs whether it be Larger product thumbnails, bolder buy buttons or a fresh new product layout. Offer valid till 14th December. 

Contact Andrew - 09 9744304, aj@fury.net.nz or check out http://fury.net.nz/website-builder-design-services.html for more options.

More web design contacts here:  Contact - Web Designers

Ultimate multiscreen and wirefree solution for notebook users

If you want to buy the ultimate christmas present for yourself, or someone you love, who suffers from too many wires on their desk, not enough screen real estate, and neck ache from looking down at their laptop screen, then i have a solution for you. I just bought a "Toshiba Dynadock", and it's awesome. I now have 2 large screens on my home desk, plus the laptop screen makes 3. It has hidden all the wires from view. When I need to take my notebook away from the desk, i only need unplug 2 wires. The dock provides access to everything, multiple screens, speakers, keyboard, mouse, external drives, internet etc. I highly recommend getting one of these if you want to make your notebook experience awesome. Mark from Web Advantage runs the site below, and he has also put a few other products on their you might be interested in. 

http://www.mycomputerman.co.nz/webapps/p/105558/364147/974772 - Toshiba Dock

http://www.mycomputerman.co.nz/ - Other products

Christmas gift ideas

A sample of some of our longest customers, and other links to Christmas gift ideas
Did you know you can promote 1 product per month on our facebook wall, we welcome any online shop powered by our xoren shopping cart to post a special WWSPECIAL promo code. 

Some Other Cool Technology Tips For Christmas

Avoid buying your young children one off "kids ipads" or "single feature baby computers". Get them a real Android tablet. Most children over 2 years old will be able to work the basic functions of an android tablet, and there are so many cool free or low priced educational apps. The equivalent children models cost just as much, and have such a limited lifespan. There are lots of 7 inch android tablets priced around $100-$250, they lack the power and screen quality of ipads or higher priced models, but do their job ok for accessing the web, and doing odd tasks. Older generation ipads like the ipad2 are perfectly good, so consider if you really need the upgrade to the latest version. 
32GB micro sim cards should be the target for adding memory to your phone or tablet. About $50ish will buy you 32GB and you can fit alot of movies, photos and music on that space... Remember you only have 1 slot, so bang for buck, 32Gb is the sweet spot. Next year it will probably be 64Gb. Ipads are not upgradeable, but most android devices include the microsd slot for upgrading your memory so you can keep the kids happy with lots of music and videos to watch on long holiday drives. 
If you're buying your teenagers new mobile phones, it must be a touch screen. Don't waste money on anything with a keypad, they won't like it.  
If buying computers, invest in SSD hard drive upgrades, or notebooks which already have this superfast drive built it. 

For portable storage, go for the 2.5inch sized drives which have less storage, but don't require power leads. 
Contact "my computer man" with any IT/computer needs for Christmas, and he might be able to sort you out.

MySKY, MyFreeview, Igloo or What?

If you like watching the nightly news on demand, you really need MySKY or MyFreeview, with a hard drive built in, and a 7 day series link electronic program guide (EPG). The cheaper options with USB plugs tend not to offer the "series linking" or "one touch EPG recording". You can get several freeview products from one of our customers here:  http://www.freetv.co.nz/products.html
Note: Igloo does't offer EPG recording, so it's really just an ordinary freeview box with ability to purchase a few more channels or ondemand content from SKY. But the lack of EPG recording is a big failure.
For those who currently have SKY, you should be looking out for the vodafone offer coming to ultra fast broadband streets in the near future. It will have the EPG recording features we all want for freeview, plus the ondemand sky content, but without the MySky monthly fee, and without the price tag of a typical MyFreeview box.  Looks like the setup fee will be about $100 and $125 for a whole phone/fast internet/TV service. 

Keeping your Computer Safe From Viruses. 

We encourage our users to keep their computer's safe. We often detect customers email accounts being compromised from either easy to guess passwords, or otherwise viruses on their computer sending their passwords to 3rd parties.
Please keep your computers safe by installing this trusted anti virus service on your computer. It's what we use at home and in the office and you get 30 days free. 

New Approach To Design and Training

All our design consultants are now independent contractors and resellers. You can see all the available consultants at the following link from all across NZ.

https://www.websitebuilder.nz/webapps/d/21/347206/web-designers-specializing-in-our-cms

If you require training or professional help getting started with your website, please contact a local consultant or review their portfolios and special pricing if you want to do it virtually. We have authorised all our resellers and design consultants to engage with you directly, and bill you directly for their time. 

Personalised one-on-one training 

If you require personalised training, please contact one of our consultants 

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

Better Broadband

We have teamed up with the awesome 2talk team to offer you some great broadband options. If you have become disgruntled with your current telco, now is the time to move your business to voip and get a great bundled broadband offering.  

https://www.websitebuilder.nz/webapps/l/21/347206/nz-broadband-providers

Emergency Support Requests

And via our online support portal, we provide a new option to lodge urgent support requests. These special requests will send SMS alert messages to the whole team, which is much better than calling us after hours. Such urgent service incurs a support fee if misused. Free emergency support is to notifiy of us of a major outage or business process impediment for a live website.  

http://websitebuilder.freshdesk.com/support/home

Receive a 20% discount off your web hosting, for life, by referring a friend 

Did you know that if you refer a friend to use our awesome website builder service, you get a 20% discount off your hosting? If you refer 5 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 (20%-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 feecommission for any existing customer who finds us a new reseller who set's up 3+ live websites. Offer expires 28th Feb 2014.

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 professional help

Contact - Web Designers or lodge a Support ticket

In 99% of cases the answer to a problem is covered in one (or more) of these places. We always fix bugs fast, with all the users we have we get notified very fast of any real bug -  they are not common, so if you are having an issue operating the CMS consider some online training with us - you'll always take something away worth value. In all other cases we are happy to do anything you are having trouble doing yourself for a small fee starting from $20 for 10 minutes. 


Cool links

All those links and more at our new toolbox page: More Toolbox / Links


Websites of the month

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

And view more examples of websites powered by website builder


Please contact us for more information. 

Have a great Christmas, and we'll be back with the next newsletter in mid to late January. 

From the Team @ Web Widgets Ltd - Free Website Builder

www.websitebuilder.co.nz

Posted: Tue 03 Dec 2013

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