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Issue 088 - Apr 28, 2009



1. CMS Builder Special: Save $50 (one week only - ends May 6th)
CMS Builder Special: Save $50 (one week only - ends May 6th)

For one week only (until May 6th) you can get CMS Builder at a special price of only $149.96, a savings of $50 off the regular price. If you were looking to get started with a content management system that can be set up quickly and easily, now's the time.

CMS Builder makes it easy for non-technical users to update and edit the content on an entire website. Plus, with how easy and quickly you can set up your site, you'll greatly cut down on your development time, meaning more time to spend on other projects.

You can use CMS Builder to easily manage any area of your website. With just a few clicks you can create an "editor" for managing your news articles, job postings, your contact us page, customer testimonials, or just about anything else. And you can create as many editors as you want, each with their own set of tailor-made fields for the type of content your website has.

Take advantage of this special price, it won't last. Purchase CMS Builder today for only $149.96 and you save $50!

2. Instant Auto Website and Instant Listings Website Released
Instant Auto Website and Instant Listings Website Released

Hot on the heels of Instant Realty Website, we're proud to announce the two latest instant website products, Instant Auto Website and Instant Listings Website.

These products give you everything you need to set up your very own online auto dealership or classified listings website. With a one page installation process you'll have your own turnkey website driven by a powerful content management system set up in minutes. Non-technical users will be able to quickly create and publish listings to their website instantly, using only their browser.

As a pre-configured version CMS Builder specially, they're packed with all of the features and power of CMS Builder but ready to of listing automobiles or classified listings out of the gate. Whether you have a site with tens of thousands listings or a smaller site with only several dozen, these products are built to handle the load.

And unlike most other web software out there, you won't compromise your design to work with the program. Instead, you can easily be customized Instant Auto Website or Instant Listings Website to work with your existing site, your brand new design, or any template design you purchased online.

Why wait? Purchase any of our Instant Website products (Realty, Auto, or Listings) for only $199.97 and get your own turnkey website set up in minutes.

3. 7 Ways to Improve Your Website with Custom Add-ons
7 Ways to Improve Your Website with Custom Add-ons

Instead of spending your time customizing your site, Priority Consulting is an excellent way to have us take care of it. Ross (our consulting guru) recently put together a list of the most popular add-ons people are requesting for their CMS Builder sites and Instant Websites.

I've included this list of add-ons below so you can get an idea of what can easily be accomplished through Priority Consulting. You'll be surprised what you can do on a fairly low budget.

Please keep in mind that the prices listed in brackets should be considered as the starting prices. Often people requesting add-ons want things further customized which adds to the overall time of the project.

    1. Page Break Add-on for Your Articles ($75)
      This add-on allows you to add a simple tag right into your article that will split up the content over multiple pages. Splitting up your articles will help keep your site cleaner and better organized. This is also good news if you serve up advertisements, as multi-page articles mean more impressions.

    1. Google Maps on Your Listing Page ($75)
      Perfect for Instant Realty Website. Site visitors often want to know the exact location of a listing they're viewing. With this add-on you'll have a Google Map output on each of your listing pages showing visitors exactly where the listing is located.

    1. Contact Email Forms On Your Listing Page ($50)
      This add-on is perfect for either Instant Realty, Instant Auto, or Instant Listings Website. Site visitors viewing your listings may have questions about. With an email contact form visitors can easily ask you the kind of questions that may be the difference between whether you close a sale or not.

    1. Sign Up Form ($50)
      Perfect for real estate or news & article sites where you want to give your site visitors the option to sign up for a user account. The signup add-on lets them create an account so they can start posting their own listings or news items.

    1. Comments ($100)
      This is perfect if you're running a blog or article based site. Give your site visitors the ability post comments and share their thoughts. Comments create sticky content, keeping visitors coming to see how someone replied to their comment.

    1. RSS Feed Integration ($50)
      With an RSS Feed you can keep your visitors up to date on your latest blog posts and updates. If you're running a classified site you can even update visitors about your newest real estate, vehicle, product listings.

  1. Export Data to CSV ($50)
    This add-on makes it super easy for you to back-up your data to a CSV format. Perfect if you have a web host that's known for notoriously losing your site. ;)

Our consulting services are extremely popular and with how busy it can get, projects often start a week after first requested. If you're interested in getting started with one of the above add-ons, and you need it finished as soon as possible, your best bet is to contact us right away so we can get the ball rolling for you.

Please feel free to read more about Priority Consulting and while you're at it be sure to check out our recent projects.

When you're ready to get started with any of the add-ons above or need a quote on an entirely different project, send an email with what you need or give us a call (toll free 1-800-752-0455). We'll start planning your project together! :)

4. Tell Us What You Think (More Instant Website's Coming)
Tell Us What You Think (More Instant Website's Coming)

With the release of Instant Auto Website and Instant Listings Website our goal is to release more Instant Website products. I would be interested to hear your feedback on what you think would be industries that could benefit from an Instant Website product. Obviously there are a ton of possibilities, from an Instant News Website to an Instant Job Postings Website.

Please feel free to email me your suggestions to luke@interactivetools.com.

5. CMS Builder 1.28 Released
CMS Builder 1.28 Released

We've recently released CMS Builder 1.28 that comes packed full of new features, a ton of changes, and some fixes. If you haven't upgraded recently you can see a list of all the new features in CMS Builder.

You can also upgrade to the latest CMS Builder by donation.

As always, keep your feature requests and bug reports coming in! Every single release is packed full of user requested changes. Post to the forum or send an email to our senior developer, Dave Edis, at dave@interactivetools.com.

6. Developer Resources
Developer Resources

Here are a couple of useful resources for web developers and designers. Email me YOUR favourite resource and I might feature it in a future newsletter.

15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website
This article reviews some important and necessary checks that web-sites should be checked against before the official launch — little details are often forgotten or ignored, but – if done in time – may sum up to an overall greater user experience and avoid unnecessary costs after the official site release.

Design To Sell: 8 Useful Tips To Help Your Website Convert
As we see more and more businesses move their services online, a greater need arises for websites that are designed and built to sell. A great-looking website may achieve the goal of shaping and delivering a strong brand, but its good looks alone aren’t enough to sell the products or services on offer.

Perfect 3 Column CSS Liquid Layout. No Images, Cross-browser
No CSS hacks. SEO friendly.No JavaScript. The CSS used for this layout is 100% valid and hack free. To overcome Internet Explorer's broken box model, no horizontal padding or margins are used. Instead, this design uses percentage widths and clever relative positioning.

Auto Backup for MySQL
This one was sent to me from Chuck, one of our newsletter subscribers:

"I would like to recommend a very useful, if not a downright must, product for anyone using or hosting CMS builder or other MySQL. The product and is from SwordSky Software.

It is as simple as any software I have ever used. I installed and set it up in about 10 minutes to back up all tables in all databases across 4 different MySQL servers. I set it to make 10 incremental backups of each server, adding the newest and deleting the oldest and have it scheduled to run at 3:00am daily. It has run for about 2 months now on my office server and every now and then I check the backups to make sure all is well and have not seen it miss a beat. I have 10 days worth of dumps for all 4 servers at any given time!

Very impressive software!"



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