Happy New Year! We hope everyone had an enjoyable Summer or Winter holiday season depending from where in the world you live. This edition of website.world news has lots of excellent news and updates.
This month Google Chrome is rolling out new updates that will identify traditionally hosted websites as insecure. They are not broken from a 2016 perspective, but they are not SSL secure. Google wants all websites to be SSL Secure.
We have previously rolled out this update automatically for all our premium hosting customers to ensure they were given priority support in time for Googles update.
We will now be extending this SSL offer to all our standard hosting customers, on the $25 per month plan or $250 month plan and above. If you are currently a premium hosting customer, please don't downgrade yet, as we won't be implementing the very important https redirection for another month or so.
Steps for converting your standard website into a SSL site:
We can now host PHP and Wordpress or Joomla websites on our new and improved PHP web servers. The hosting fees are the same as websites built and hosted on our CMS powered platform. All PHP websites get free SSL certificate and https web hosting. Unlike cheap hosting providers, our PHP plans offer a premium web hosting service, with low contention for CPU or IO bandwidth.
Please welcome Laken who will be joining our team as a developer and support person with a technical focus. In future months we will promote how Laken's programming skills can be used to extend areas of our back end systems, and do custom development requests.
We are currently beta testing a new product returns feature in the "View Order" screen within the CMS. This will allow you to record returned or exchanged goods against an order, and have your inventory automatically adjusted. We welcome your feedback on this long requested feature.
You can now also enter negative stock in the POS system, which will be treated as a return... however, this method may not feed into Xero or other API partners correctly, as they are not setup to receive negative stock.
The process to register the shorter version of your domain is easy.
If those options are not available to you, it's possible that you have already attempted the transfer/registration of your shorter domain. Check the domains list, and if it's there, attempt to complete transfer/registration.
TIP: Registration of a reserved domain is actually treated by all domain registry companies as a "TRANSFER" of the domain, using the same UDAI as the longer version of the domain.
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.
Websites: 100% up time
CMS Up time 100%
Uptime stats provided by Pingdom.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
http://word2cleanhtml.com - Cleans word docs for CMS Editor
GoogleFonts - Online Web Fonts
http://pinterest.com/ - A social networking Pin Board
http://pixlr.com/ - online photo editor
http://www.photoshop.com - online photo editor
http://www.jotform.com/ - online form builder
www.needanerd.co.nz - NZ Wide IT Nerds
www.geeksonwheels.co.nz - NZ Wide IT Geeks
https://www.pexels.com/ - Free Stock Photos
www.ninite.com - absolutely the best way to install new software on a new computer
www.2talk.co.nz - cheaper VOIP calling and 0800 incoming call routing
All those links and more at our new toolbox page:
Here's a selection of some of our recent Go Lives.
Posted: Sun 22 Jan 2017