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  PDA / Mobile Phone - CMS
Posted by: vwdesigns - 16-09-08, 08:12 PM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

We are currently working on two new versions, of our customer portal to be used on a PDA or mobile phone:

The PDA version will be written in Visual Basic using Windows mobile 2006 operating system, and the other one will be using IE 7, or a capability browser. Which would comply with [dot] mobi standards. You will have complete access to your account details while on the move, using a PDA or mobile phone. Internet access will be available using the GPRS network.

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  Very Important - Client Management System
Posted by: vwdesigns - 16-09-08, 08:12 PM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

Following on from our last announcement in August 2008, we have now introduced a new online Client Management System (CMS v1.0 r1). The new Client Management System has been fully integrated into our new servers, support system and accounting systems and will also synchronies all data with our local server. All actions applied from within your account are processed in real time, from hosting account activation to domain name purchases, renewals, DNS changes, reports, downloads, software licensing and invoicing.

To access the Client Management System, we have assigned all our customers with their default email address as their username. To obtain your password, please select forgotten password option, and a new password will be sent to your default email address. You will then be able to gain access to the CMS.

CMS URL = https://www.vwdesigns.co.uk/portal

This is due to be live on the 29th September 2008. We will be emailing all our customers, who currently hold an account with us, with more information on our CMS and their default email address to access the CMS.

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  Data Centre – Server Move
Posted by: vwdesigns - 16-09-08, 08:11 PM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

The data centre move has taken much longer than we expected (Over 8 weeks). We have now completed transferring all our customers to our new servers. The old servers were switched off on the 9th September 2008.

Once again please accept our apologies and any inconvenience caused by this move.

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  Client Management System
Posted by: vwdesigns - 02-08-08, 10:53 AM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

Following on from our last announcement in August 2008, we have now introduced a new online Client Management System (CMS). The new Client Management System is fully integrated with our new servers and support system. All actions applied from within your account are processed in real time.

To access the Client Management System, we have assigned all customers with their default email address as the username, to obtain your password. Please select forgotten password option, and a new password will be sent to you. You will then be able to gain access to the CMS.

Members Area = https://www.vwdesigns.co.uk/members
Username =
Password - Please select the forgotten password option and a new password will be emailed to your default email address.

Please make sure all your current contact details are correct, as these details will be used to keep your domain name(s) up to date. So we can comply with Nominet & NIC regulations on domain names.

CMS Features

• Manage your own domain names, in real time.
• Entire product / domain history with statuses
• Manage your personal details
• Access your hosting control panel
• Access your webmail
• Full Invoice & Payment records history
• Complete email history viewable
• Renew products through your control panel or buy new products in real time.
• Automatic Reminders
• Download Area – Customers who have bought our software
• And much more ….

Invoicing

We have always issued our invoices with a clear “pay by date”, in advance before a renewal is required. A very small amount of our clients, wish to continuously ignore there “pay by date” and pay well passed these dates. So we no longer have to continuously chase these clients for payment. We have now introduced a new automation system, when an invoice is not paid by a given date. The CMS will automatically suspend their account and any associated services until payment has been received, also after a given time the account will automatically be removed from our servers.

NOTE: This part of our CMS will only be enabled on accounts, where clients continuously ignore the “pay by date”.

Automatic – Reminders

We have also introduced a new automation system, where reminders will be sent out x days before a product expires i.e. domain names, hosting, extras, etc. You will still have the opportune to renew your domain names / hosting using your control panel and take advantage of the new lower priced domain names*, or just wait for a paper invoice and pay by Cheque or BACS. We will update your account manually.

NOTE: *If you would like to take advantage of the lower prices for your domain names, you will have to switch from paper invoicing to electronic invoicing and pay online. If you wish to take up this option, please let us know.

Please note any new products bought though the CMS will automatically be on our new system and no paper invoices will be issued.

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  Domain Names – Prices Slashed starting from £ 3.25 per year
Posted by: vwdesigns - 02-08-08, 10:51 AM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

We would like to announce an update to our domain names price list:

In June 2008 we became a UK Registrar for Nominet and have now secured a price agreement with a new supplier of General Top Level Domain Names (GTLD). So we are now able to offer a price reduction on all our domain names to all customers. These new prices will start from August 1st 2008 and will apply to all our customers, who currently have domain names registered with us and for any new domain name registrations or renewals. These prices will only apply if customers pay online. There will be no paper invoices issued.

All UK Domain Names will be £ 3.25 per year (2 years Minimum)
All General Top Level Domain Names will be £ 7.50 per year

This now makes us cheaper than http://www.123-reg.co.uk , http://www.easily.co.uk , http://www.1and1.co.uk , http://www.freeparking.com

For a full price list of our domain names, please click here …

All prices quoted here included VAT & NIC fees.

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  New - Debit Mastercard
Posted by: vwdesigns - 02-08-08, 10:48 AM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

Debit MasterCard is new in the UK (it is already in use in other countries). Our payment systems have now been updated to accept the new Debit MasterCard as from the 1st August 2008.

Debit Mastercard Logo

There is no unique logo for the new card – so we will continue to use the standard Mastercard logo, except we will display the word “Debit” and “Credit” next to the Mastercard logo.

Software

Our existing software has now been upgraded to reflect the new Debit Mastercard card.

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  VrAds 1.3 Released
Posted by: vwdesigns - 02-08-08, 10:47 AM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

This version adds some customer requested features, such as ad impressions limiting, and detailed click tracking stats to make VrAds even easier! If you have features you would like to see, please email us at support@vwdesigns.co.uk.

Changelog:

  1. Added ability to limit number of ad impressions for a time period
  2. Can now Track Clicks in Stats Module
  3. Make link target configurable instead of just _blank
  4. RSS Stats Feeds - Custom Date and Today Only options
  5. Added an Advertiser comments/notes box
  6. Allowed images and text links to not have an a href
  7. Version check in Maintenance section
  8. Re-sorted Stats Tables by numbers
  9. Fixed - Stats module wasn't working when GeoIP was disabled
  10. Limit Graphs with large data sets
  11. Javascript/Ajax Ids now always start with letter per standards

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  Advanced Notice – New Data Centre
Posted by: vwdesigns - 30-06-08, 06:21 PM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

We are changing our current data centre to a new data centre from July 208 All our customers will have the option of being placed on new Xeon Dual Core servers with 4gb memory running either Lunix or Windows. The new data centre is also carbon neutral, offsetting its carbon against conservation projects.

We will also be introducing a new control panel and webmail on all our new servers, also all users will now have greater control over there own hosting accounts. We will release more information, once the new servers have been setup and are working correctly.

We will be emailing all our customers, once the new servers are fully operational.

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  Virtual Web Designs - Nominet Member
Posted by: vwdesigns - 30-06-08, 06:20 PM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

Virtual Web Designs (Webnetics UK Ltd) has now become a member of Nominet enabling us to register all .uk domains for our customers. Our new IPS TAG will be WEBNETICSUK

We are in the process of writing new software to comply with Nominet Automation and EPP Systems.

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  Carbon Neutral Data Centre
Posted by: vwdesigns - 30-06-08, 06:17 PM - Forum: Latest News - No Replies

Virtual Web Designs now becomes carbon neutral with a move to a new data centre. On behalf of all clients Virtual Web Designs is voluntarily offsetting all the CO2 emissions caused by our servers in this new data centre.

The data centre currently uses a conservation charity World Land Trust as the organisation to carry out their offset. World Land Trust regenerates degraded forest in Ecuador, working through local partners. Planting native species on land next to standing forest not only takes CO2 out of the atmosphere it also extends existing wildlife reserves, thus preserving threatened habitat and biodiversity.

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