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Our initial 500 free websites have been allocated to SMEs in need.
What is abundantly clear is that more than 500 sites are needed.

We are extremely confident of being able to extend this program, so please apply to
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If you know of any organisation that may be able to support us in extending the initiative,
please ask them to get in touch immediately.
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For SME Businesses. Join The Movement Online. Achieve Rapid Digital Transformation. Adapt | Evolve | Survive

Feature-rich eCommerce Website Package 

Free Setup

We will rapidly deploy, for free, a robust website that allows you to start selling your products and services online

12 Months 'No-Sale-No-Fee' Hosting

We will host the website for you for 12 months from the date of deployment with the monthly hosting fee reduced from $49 to $0.  The only cost is a 2% Success Fee (unless you elect to go on one of our hosting plans optimised for higher volume).  Please see terms and conditions below for further details.

Free Domain Name & SSL Certificate

If you don’t already have one, we will provide you with a domain name and SSL certificate, free of charge, so that you don’t need to worry about funding these critical components

Free Website Transfer and/or Content Loading

We will transfer or load up to 25 products and 25 pages of content for you, free of charge. Additional product or content transfers or loading can be done by you or by us at an additional cost ($25 +GST p/product/page, subject to availability)

Google My Business Listing

We will set up a free Google My Business listing for your business to assist your website to be found in Google Search so that buyers can rapidly find your products and services

Google Analytics & possibly Google Shopping

We will set up a free Google Analytics account and integrate it into your website so that you can track your website's progress and success, and if relevant, and subject to availability, we will integrate your website with Google Shopping so that all your products display in the Google Shopping search engine (excludes media spend)

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Covid-19 Digital Transformation Fund for SME’s

To deploy free websites for struggling and new SME businesses who need to rapidly get online.
  • Zeald is committed to helping SME business’ survive the tragic economic effects of Covid-19 and transform their businesses digitally to survive and thrive in this new world. We urgently need the support of more sponsors to save more SME businesses!
     

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Due to Covid-19, business of all shapes, sizes and types must urgently & rapidly go online

The situation is extremely dire for NZ small to medium sized business. Some businesses have already permanently shut down and a huge amount of others are rapidly heading in the same direction. Many SME businesses simply won’t survive unless they rapidly move online. Also, people urgently need online access to many different products and services throughout New Zealand. If you have products or services that people need, then, if at all possible, you must go online and start servicing that need.

We are in a very unique position to help. To support this massive shift, we have pre-designed and pre-developed specialised website packages for a range of specific industries. To put it simply, our packages allow a business to immediately start selling their products or services online. Generally speaking, we can deploy a website for you, tailored to your industry, in 2 working days (subject to you providing us with the information we require).

We are offering a limited number of these websites for free (as many as we can fund ourselves without outside help). If we can get sponsors or funding from third parties, then we will offer more. Free generally means no setup fees and no monthly costs for 12 months except for a 2% Success Fee (unless you elect to go on one of our hosting plans optimised for higher volume).  Please see the relevant terms and conditions with the associated package for further details.

The industries that we currently have packages for are listed below. More industry packages are being developed by our team as rapidly as we possibly can - so check back often as this list is being regularly updated. If your industry is not on the list below and you have an urgent need, then please email us at pkrequest@zeald.com and we will do everything we can to help.

If you are in one of the industries below, click on the relevant link to find out more about the package that we can offer you and your business, and sign up now.

David Kelly
Chairman - Zeald

Deployment Target of 2 Working Days

Build starts the next working day (subject to you providing us with all the info we need)

STEP: 01

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Information Gathering

You fill out our form which provides us with the information we need from you.

STEP: 02

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Build & Load

We build and configure the new website for you and set up and configure the relevant external add-ons

STEP: 03

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Deploy

We transfer and/or load the initial products, services and content onto your new website

STEP: 04

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Promote & Tune

We deploy your new website

12 Months 'No-Sale-No-Fee' Hosting*

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*Following the conclusion of the initial 12 month period (or at any time during the initial 12-month period) you can change your hosting plan to any one of the following: 

  1. Basic Hosting - NZ $49+GST p/month + 2% Success Fee
  2. Professional Hosting - NZ $99+GST p/month + 1% Success Fee
  3. Premium Hosting - NZ $499+GST p/month + 0.5% Success Fee
  4. Enterprise Hosting - NZ $1,499+GST p/month + 0.15% Success Fee

The Success Fee is calculated as a percentage of the GST exclusive value of sales made and transactions processed through your website.

'No-Sale-No-Fee' Hosting means we will host the website for you for 12 months from the date of deployment with the monthly hosting fee reduced from $49 to $0.  The only cost payable is a 2% Success Fee.

Choose a Package
Tailored For Your Industry

If your industry is not on the list below and you have an urgent need then please email us at pkrequest@zeald.com and we will do everything we can to help.

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The sale of medical services that can be supplied from the home or some other remote location.

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Suppliers looking to sell electronic goods online.

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Businesses or technicians who specialise in the servicing, repair and assessment of electronic goods.

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Alterations and repairs of clothes, bags, tents, curtains, shoes, tools etc.

The industries that we currently have packages for are listed above. More industry packages are being developed by our team - so check back often as this list is being regularly updated.

FAQs

Is this a scam?

No. This offer is 100% genuine.

We've put together this FAQ to provide clarity around common questions you may have - but please feel free to email us directly on getonlinehelp@zeald.com if you feel any information is missing!

Is it really free?

The website build is 100% free. It is a gift from our company to help Kiwi small and medium sized businesses, in specific industry segments, survive and thrive through COVID-19.

When building a new website there are a number of areas of investment you want to be aware of:

  • Initial build: the one-off set up cost - this is the time required to build the site, configure all the various aspects so it will work with your business, ensure that it is compatible with Google, load content onto it, and purchase any software licenses.

  • Digital marketing & promotion: to drive targeted traffic to your website. There are a huge array of options available & what is most effective at engaging target customers differs from business to business.

  • Monthly running expenses: to keep things simple we bundle these up into a single monthly subscription package which covers professional hosting of the website; phone, email and live-chat support to help you get things done; and paying for a team of developers to make continual upgrades to the underlying software & hosting infrastructure that the website runs on.

  • There are often other costs like registration of the domain name and an SSL certificate to encrypt all traffic to & from your website.

The free package includes:

  • 100% of the build & setup costs involved with assembling, configuring and loading one of our GEM industry targeted website packages - allowing you to get online quickly and without upfront risk.

  • Initial digital marketing initiatives with a free Google My Business listing, and if relevant, integration with Google Shopping (subject to availability). In addition your website will be compatible with the search engines, and you will have direct control over most things that are important to them.

  • Some of the ongoing costs associated with the website (see next question).

  • Registration of a domain name for you (if required) and access to an SSL certificate.

Why is there a 2% Success Fee?

In addition to us bearing all of the costs of the website build, there are many other ongoing costs involved with supporting a website.

  • Each website is hosted in a professional-grade web hosting environment. This isn't some cheap hosting where your site is thrown on a single server with hundreds of other sites. It is a scalable, load-balanced, clustered environment consisting of a group of servers with multiple layers of redundancy.

  • Ongoing phone, email and live-chat support. Inevitably if you're using a website, you will have some questions or need some help. We have a team available during extended NZ business hours, and 24/7 emergency help available if something critical is not working.

  • Ongoing development and maintenance of the underlying software. The software your website will run on is continually upgraded behind the scenes without you having to do anything (or incur any further cost). Technology evolves at a huge rate in this area, and we have a team of designers & developers upgrading your underlying software & hosting infrastructure to keep pace - rolling out new features, dealing with potential security risks, resolving issues and deploying these upgrades to all websites.

Our ability to give away free websites isn't limitless, and we've considered many options of how to cover some of these costs. While we would love the free offer to extend to all areas of ongoing cost for a period of time, this is not feasible in the longer term without us having to rely on donations ourselves to operate.

Ultimately we decided to waive any fixed fees associated with our monthly subscription for 12 months to keep the barrier to getting started as low as possible.

However, we decided to retain our success fee. We felt a win-win success fee was a reasonable and fair approach. It means there is no risk to a business getting started, and a business has to be earning through the website before any sort of contribution is required to the ongoing costs listed above. We can then use any contribution in this area to extend the industry segments we can support, and the number of free websites we can offer. For businesses that are doing a high volume of sales, they can move to one of our higher volume hosting plans to take advantage of lower success fees (see "Can I change hosting plans" question for further details).

2% can start to add up!

If your business is making a lot of sales, then yes this 2% can start to add up. Our basic hosting plan is not cost-effective for higher sales and higher volume businesses. We have other hosting plans that are far more cost effective if you find yourself in this situation. You are welcome to change to one of these plans, at any time, if you prefer. See options below.

  • Professional Hosting - NZ $99+GST p/month + 1% Success Fee
  • Premium Hosting - NZ $499+GST p/month + 0.5% Success Fee
  • Enterprise Hosting - NZ $1,499+GST p/month + 0.15% Success Fee

Remember, regardless of what hosting plan you are on, a 0.15%-2% Success Fee is still a lot less than what you pay for other sales channels like:

  • Affiliate marketing. In an affiliate marketing relationship an affiliate typically earns a 20% commission for marketing another organisation's products or services.

  • Distributors. A distributor who provides your goods to retailers will typically take 30-50%.

  • Retailers. A retailer can take anywhere from 30-70% for selling your products and services depending on whether or not a distributor is also involved.

What's in it for you? Why are you doing this?

We believe New Zealand needs a digital revolution. Digital revolution means that every business that can get online does. Communities need to transform. Towns need to transform. Regions need to transform and cities need to transform. The revolution is achieved when community by community, town by town, city by city, 90% of all businesses are trading online. When this occurs, New Zealand will be in a very strong position economically to cope with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

We can help. We are in a unique position to help. And we believe that we must help.

Zeald can deliver websites at volume. With hard work, we believe we can deliver 100's of websites every week - possibly even 1000's of websites (with time, more smart thinking and refinement). And we can deliver fast. Our target is to deploy your new website within 2 working days (subject to you providing us with the information we require).

We are on a mission to save SME businesses, to help them to transform themselves digitally, and to help NZ achieve an incredible and rapid digital revolution. To find out more read our history here.

If you provide me with a free domain name, who owns the name?

You do. We register your domain name for the first 12 months for free using whatever name you provide us with (either your personal name or your company name). So you retain ownership of that domain name at all times.

Am I locked in for 12 months?

No. There is no minimum term. You are never locked in with this website offer.

If you are not happy with your website, then at any time you can give us one months notice, and can take your website content, domain name and any other information included in your website such as your history of orders and customer information and go to another web design agency/provider.

If you want to pay a smaller Success Fee, then at any time you can elect to go on one of our higher volume hosting plans to get access to a lower Success Fees (see "Can I change hosting plans" question for further details).

Do I own my website?

We own our website management and digital marketing system and our pre-designed and pre-produced templates that we have created for specific industry segments.

You own your website content, domain name and other information included in your website such as your history of orders and customer information.

From an ownership perspective, the Zeald system works very similar to how Xero works. Xero owns its accounting system. You own your information that is within their system - but you don't ever own Xero itself (or a copy of Xero). You pay a monthly fee to Xero to use their system.

If you have any further questions about this, or if anything isn't clear then you are welcome to email us @ getonlinehelp@zeald.com

What are the ongoing hosting charges after 12 months?

It depends on what hosting plan you are on. You can select from any of the hosting plans below (both during and after the initial 12-month period).

  • Basic Hosting - NZ $9.99+GST p/month + 2% Success Fee
  • Professional Hosting - NZ $99+GST p/month + 1% Success Fee
  • Premium Hosting - NZ $499+GST p/month + 0.5% Success Fee
  • Enterprise Hosting - NZ $1,499+GST p/month + 0.15% Success Fee

The Success Fee is calculated as a percentage of the GST exclusive value of sales made and transactions processed through your website. This is invoiced to you monthly.

Can I change hosting plans before the initial 12 month period is finished?

Yes you can.

The free website offer comes with a modified version of our basic hosting plan where we have waived the NZ $49+GST monthly fee for 12 months. However, we have retained the 2% Success Fee. A win-win Success Fee means there is no risk to a business getting started, and a business has to be earning through the website before any sort of contribution is required.

If you would like to upgrade to our Professional, Premium or Enterprise Hosting plans at any time (including during the first 12 months) you are welcome to.

  • Professional Hosting - NZ $99+GST p/month + 1% Success Fee
  • Premium Hosting - NZ $499+GST p/month + 0.5% Success Fee
  • Enterprise Hosting - NZ $1,499+GST p/month + 0.15% Success Fee
Are there any additional charges?

There are no charges associated with the standard website package apart from the 2% Success Fee (see terms and conditions and this FAQ for further details). If you would like Zeald to undertake additional work for you outside of the standard website package, then we will need to charge for this work. However, we will do everything we can to keep our fees to you as reasonable as possible.

Using our website management system, you are able to complete many tasks yourself. However, if you want us to complete tasks for you then we are happy to help in whatever way we can. Some examples of the types of additional work that we do along with the fees we usually charge are as follows:

Examples of simple tasks/changes (all prices exclusive of GST)

  • Load content from a document (or a page on your old website) to your new website - $25 p/page
  • Load a product from a document (or from your old website) to your new website - $25 p/page
  • Change the logo in your website header - $25 p/page
  • Update text on a website page or order email etc - $25 p/update
  • Styling change to a web page (colour, alignment or font change) - $25 p/update
  • Change the label of an existing form field. For example: change the title "Delivery Details" to be "Shipping Details" - $25 p/change
  • Change the responsive view of a web page - e.g. Hide one element or change the way the hero image displays etc. - $25 p/change
  • Change the default setting for "Sort by" on category pages. For example: From Recommended or Alphabetically to Lowest Price or Most Popular. - $25
  • Add a new field to the check-out form and have this information come through with each new order and store it in the website management system - $150

Please note that we reserve the right to decline to provide additional services at the prices indicated if your requirements are significantly more complex than what we have assumed with our standard pricing. If you have any further questions regarding our pricing or additional services, you are welcome to phone, email (getonlinehelp@zeald.com) or contact us over live chat.

Can I get my website customised to my unique requirements?

Yes you can (subject to our team's availability).

If you want to customise your website then we can provide you with a quote. If your customisation is reasonably simple then we will provide you with a fixed price quote. If the customisation is complex or variable in scope then we will provide you with an estimate and charge you on an hourly rate basis. We have recently reduced our hourly rate in response to COVID-19 to $147+GST p/hour to assist businesses in this regard.

Can you create content?

Yes. We can produce a range of content. From copywriting to video production. Please talk to our team for further details. There is also a wide range of high-quality third-party content providers in both the NZ and the global marketplace that you can use to help in the production of quality content.

Are you able to help in the marketing of my website?

Yes. We do provide a range of digital marketing services. Google & Facebook advertising packages. Search Engine Optimisation services. Conversion rate optimisation and so on. Please enquire for further details.

Am I able to change the content on my website myself?

Yes. You can change the majority of the content on your website yourself using the website management system. For those few areas you can't change, we can update them for you for a small charge (see the question "Are there any additional charges?" for further details).

Are there any plugins, add-ons or extensions that can be enabled on my website?

Each industry website that we produce is a full-functioned ecommerce website that contains the standard functionality that we believe most businesses in that industry will require. There is also a wide range of extensions that can be added to your website depending on your specific requirements and we can completely customise your website for you if you want to also (see the question, "Can I get my website customised to my unique requirements?").

To borrow a car analogy, we have worked hard to build a Toyota. Strong, dependable, reliable and (hopefully) will never let you down. It is not a Rolls Royce, Range Rover or a Bentley (nor does it come with the cost). There are other agencies that specialise in these types of websites. You can modify your Toyota. You can extend it and trick it up if you want to. You can make it extra, super-duper awesome if you want to invest more in it. But if you leave it just as it is, it should still be strong, dependable and reliable. It should serve you really well.

If you are producing websites that fast, does this mean they're cookie-cutter, template websites?

We have developed a range of website packages that are carefully designed for specific industries. The design templates within each industry package have been developed based on usability, conversion optimisation, years of experience and thorough research, specific to your industry. These templates form the structure and foundation of your website.

All websites share a lot of similar elements. High-quality, ecommerce websites, generally work in a similar way to other ones - intentionally so. Users expect certain elements to be in certain places and for websites to follow a specific process from the homepage through to completing an order. It would make little sense to build every element from scratch for every website.

Zeald has a huge array of elements that we assemble for different websites based on the unique requirements of each business. Yes, your website will share a lot of common elements to other websites, but it will uniquely reflect your business.

As part of our standard package, we will personalise the website to reflect your unique brand by applying your logo, your colour choices and the images and text that you provide us with. We will also load 25 products or content pages that you provide us with to help you get online as quickly as possible.

You can update most of the text on your website, and add and replace images to personalise it further, using the website management system. Our support team are on hand to help you find the answers if you get stuck at any point. If you prefer, you can request one of our team to make changes for you to free you up to focus on running your business (additional charges apply - see the question "Are there any additional charges?" for further details).

Once the website is loaded with your text, images and products, it reflects your unique brand. The website management system is flexible and powerful, making it quick and easy to update important content when you need to, but it is also structured to reduce the chances of accidentally breaking the website design.

If you require a custom design you can request small design changes to your website from as little as $25+GST or step up to your own fully customised design (please enquire for a quote).

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Terms & Conditions

We are offering a limited number of free ecommerce websites, for specific industries, for no setup fees and no monthly hosting fees for a 12 month period (from the date of website deployment).  The only cost is a 2% monthly Success Fee. The Success Fee is calculated as a percentage of the GST exclusive value of sales made and transactions processed through your website each month.

Following the conclusion of the initial 12-month period (or at any time during the initial 12-month period) you can change your hosting plan to any one of the following:
Basic Hosting - NZ $9.99+GST p/month + 2% Success Fee;
Professional Hosting - NZ $99+GST p/month + 1% Success Fee;
Premium Hosting - NZ $499+GST p/month + 0.5% Success Fee;
Enterprise Hosting - NZ $1,499+GST p/month + 0.15% Success Fee.

If you would like Zeald to undertake additional work for you outside of the standard website package, then we will need to charge for this work. However, we will do everything we can to keep our fees to you as reasonable as possible.

You are eligible to apply for a free ecommerce website only if you are in one of the industries that we have a pre-designed and pre-produced website package.

To apply for your website, please fill out the form below. We reserve the right to decline your application at our sole discretion and we do not have to disclose our reasons for doing so.
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Our TOS and Our AUP contain important legal terms and conditions. Please take the time to read them before submitting this Application Form. In particular, Our TOS, which excludes certain types of liability and limits our total liability to you in the event of any problems.

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  • You understand and accept that, unless you elect to go on one of our hosting plans optimised for higher volume, you will be charged 2% of the GST exclusive value of sales made and transactions processed through your website each month;
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About Zeald

Zeald was formed in 2001 by three young guys from the small New Zealand town of Mangawhai Heads. Now, Zeald is the largest SME website design and digital transformation agency in New Zealand and has clients throughout both New Zealand and Australia. This is the Zeald story …

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