New Feature Announcement: Mobile Friendly Sites

Posted March 25th, 2015 in Website Builder Features by Brett

We are excited to announce that CityMax is working on making all of our client sites mobile friendly! This feature means that when a user is browsing your website from a mobile device, a mobile version of the site will be displayed. This project is currently under development and will be available by the end of April.

Some details…

If you only want the desktop version of your website to display even when someone is on a mobile device, the feature can be easily turned on or off in your dashboard. The Shopping Cart on websites will not be converted to mobile, however cart pages will still function as they currently do when on a mobile device.

Updates will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and on our blog once the feature is available, so please follow us for more information as we get closer to launch date.

PayPal Advanced Now Available

Posted October 16th, 2014 in Selling Online, Tech Tips, Website Builder Features by Sean

We are excited to announce that we have added PayPal Advanced to the list of supported payment processors within your shopping cart. PayPal Advanced will keep your customers on your site for the entire checkout process similarly to PayPal Payments Pro but at a lower cost to you.

For more information about PayPal Advanced and how it compares to PayPal Payments Pro and PayPal Standard please click here.

If you already have a PayPal Advanced account, you may start using it instantly by logging into your site, and selecting PayPal Advanced from the list of options in the Gateway section of the “Payment Processing” section of the “Edit Store” tab. For more details on setting up PayPal Advanced, check out our article on the topic.

NEW: CityMax University Livestreams!

Posted May 30th, 2014 in Website Builder Features, Website Design by Sean

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Calling all website administrators, business owners and graphic designers: have you tried our Enhanced Templates yet? Have you checked them out, but not sure how they work? Are you using an Enhanced Template that needs some more work before it’s just right?

Join us LIVE this June for Enhanced Templates 101, our first-ever CityMax University class. A member of our support team will give a live demonstration of the Enhanced Template system, and you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions about Enhanced Templates and website design, as we’ll be doing a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

We’ll be hosting four live classes in the month of June:

Tuesday, June 10th – 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

Thursday, June 12th – 3:00pm PST / 6:00pm EST

Tuesday, June 17th – 3:00pm PST / 6:00pm EST

Thursday, June 19th – 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

We’ll be covering the same content in each class, but feel free to join us as many times as you need! We’ll also be archiving each class for later viewing for those who can’t make it to the livestream.

The link to the stream will be posted in a system notice on your dashboard on the day of the event. Hope to see you there!

New Partnership with Online Marketing Company Nightlite Media

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We are excited to announce that CityMax has partnered with Nightlite Media.

One of the most asked questions we get is: “How do I get visitors to my site?” Nightlite Media are experts at helping people successfully draw visitors to their sites using:

  • search engine optimization (i.e. getting your sites ranked highly on search engines like Google)
  • social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook)
  • email marketing

We know it’s sometimes difficult to learn and then find the time to promote your site. The reality is that for many of you, getting a company to help you is the best choice. So, our marketing team searched out the best of the best online marketing companies and then put together custom packages we thought made the most sense for our customers. Check out the special packages here.

How important is it to get your online marketing started? Here are some facts that Nightlite Media has put together:

  • 97% of potential customers are searching online first
  • 61 billion online searches were made in August 2010 alone
  • 77% of North Americans are online (that’s a huge 266 million people!)

You can contact Nighlite Media for a 100% free consultation by going to http://websitedynamics.nightlitemedia.com or by calling 1-888- 418-3839. Why not jumpstart your online marketing today!

5 Tips for the Newbie CityMax.com User

Posted April 21st, 2011 in Getting Visitors, Introduction, Selling Online, Website Builder Features by Justine

So, it’s my first week here at CityMax.com, and as a dedicated web coach one of my first assignments was to dive right into the easy business website builder. After getting used to making my way around the application and understanding how to take advantage of all the tools available, I’ve found five helpful tips for the newbie CityMax.com user!

1. The “Edit Site” tab will always be your go-to button.

When you sign up for your free 10 day trial, or if you’ve just made your website active, the “Edit Site” tab when you login on the top left beside the “Dashboard” tab is the most important tab for navigating your website. This tab will have five helpful sub-tabs: View Site, My Pages, Add Page, Design, and Domain & E-mail. You will be able to access all your pages here (under “My Pages”), as well as change and customize your template (Under “Design”). This is the best place to keep your website organized.

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Trendsetters, Influencers and Connectors

andrea-headshotclr_Guest post – Andrea Baxter is a senior marketing professional and a co-founder of Smart Cookies, founded in early 2007. Educating women on how to be smart with their money while living fabulously, the Smart Cookies have appeared on CNN, Oprah, MSNBC, and ABC News. They have published two best-selling books and host their own TV show.

As a businesswoman, more importantly, an entrepreneur, I have come to learn that there are 3 very important people you must surround yourself with in order to help your business grow and make it successful: trendsetters, influencers and connectors. Why? Because these are the people who are going to believe in you, believe in what you are doing and will want to help you grow your business as ferociously as you do.

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How to Maximize your Website Footer

Posted November 1st, 2010 in Selling Online, Website Builder Features, Website Design by Mara

site_footer Sometimes the first place people look for information on your website is the last place you think about. In particular, I’m talking about your page footer.

The page footer is that part at the very bottom of your web page: but it shouldn’t be the last thing you think about as far as site design goes.

You don’t want to clutter your main site navigation with too many pages, so consider the footer a good place for some of that additional information. With the CityMax.com website builder, you can quickly and easily add the same footer to all your site pages, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
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Our Homepreneur of the Year, OvernightPetTags.com Visits!

Posted May 3rd, 2010 in Selling Online, Website Builder Features by Patrick

Last week we welcomed our 2009 Homepreneur of the Year winner, Marco Barberini (of OvernightPetTags.com), and his wife Heather to our Vancouver office – flying in all the way from Traverse City, Michigan. Marco quit his gas station job in 2007 to build an online business, which now grosses upwards of $8,000 per month!

As part of their prize, Marco and Heather stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Vancouver’s Waterfront, were ferried around town in a limo, spent a day consulting with the CityMax.com team, enjoyed a sunset dinner at The Teahouse in Stanley Park, and checked out some of the ‘Olympic’ sights around town.

They even brought a custom pet tags for our two CityMax.com dogs, Jack and Farley.

Check out some of the pictures from the Barberinis’ trip to Vancouver!

3 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Small Business Website for Local Search

Posted March 2nd, 2010 in Getting Visitors, SEO, Website Builder Features by Mara

2010-03-02-localsearchIs the location of your small business important to your customers? If so, your online marketing efforts need to include optimization of your website for local search.

Not sure what local search is? A great example is Google Local. When you do a search for a local business on Google (i.e. “dog walker Seattle”), on the search results page you’ll see a list of local businesses beside a little map. They are businesses that have been submitted to Google Local who are relevant to your search.

Here are some great ways to optimize your site for local search:

1.    Submit to Local Search Engines
We already mentioned Google Local, but there are many more and some may be more popular in your area than others. Consider the following:

2.    Include Your Contact Information on Every Page
This is easier than it sounds. Just create a site-wide footer for your pages and include your address.
CityMax.com User Tip: Create your page footer by going to ‘Edit Site’ > ‘Page Footer’.

3.    Use Geo-Descriptive Keywords
When researching your keywords, make sure to see what people are searching locally, then use those keywords on your website. Make sure to include them in your title and description tags.

When you make a website that’s optimized for local search, it’s easier to get your business to the top of the search engines – simply based on your location! As a bonus suggestion, consider getting a localized domain name to compliment your existing one.

Get Your Website for Free!

Posted February 11th, 2010 in CityMax.com News, social media, Website Builder Features by admin

To show you how grateful we are for every customer you refer, we’re improving how our referral program works!

With the old program, you got your site for free whether you referred 3 or 300 people. With the new program, the more people you refer, the bigger the reward!

Here’s how it works:

  1. You get a link that you can distribute a number of ways (Twitter, email, website footer, etc.)
  2. For every person that signs up through your link, you get 5 credits for every month their site is active.
  3. Each credit is worth $1 and can be redeemed by phone to pay for your website subscription.

You’ll find the new “Get a Free Website” program under “Free Website” below your profile picture on your Dashboard.

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