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Speedy payments from customers – how?

By Michael Baxter / 23 June 2021

There are a range of times you would need a customer to make a payment. These include accepting donations, payment for services, paying a deposit and online store sales. Before looking at what options are available you need to consider some of the concepts around accepting payments: All payments are done through 3 rd party providers (gateways). These providers handle the security around pa... more »

Success story :: Local delivery

By Michael Baxter / 3 September 2020

The Brigham is a popular wedding and function venue and local restaurant/café. Through the early stages of the COVID-19 lockdown, Utopia worked with owner Raj to enable online ordering and delivery from the restaurant.

Success story :: Get ready for summer

By Michael Baxter / 8 August 2020

Little Red Fish are a 100% New Zealand owned and operated design company, creating sun safe garments, with a modest classic styling for children. Utopia have been supporting their existing ecommerce website. The time had come to give the site a facelift and improve overall site management.

Success story :: Some new marine electronics

By Michael Baxter / 19 March 2020

Waypoint Electronics Ltd is an established Marine Electronics Business based in the Bay of Islands, servicing all of Northland, New Zealand. Business owner Wayne came to Utopia to upgrade their old website and make it mobile-friendly. He also wanted to expand and sell a wider variety of products.

Easy online payments

By Michael Baxter / 9 September 2019

Accepting online payments from customers is now even easier. It used to be that only PayPal was available but now the options are endless.  Before looking at the options you need to decide what type of payments you want to accept: Credit card via your bank You will need to discuss what credit card payment options exist with your bank first. From there they may provide a bespoke solut... more »

Passive fire protection at its best

By Michael Baxter / 7 May 2019

Firestop Centre brings together Passive Fire Protection products from a range of manufacturers and shows in one easy process all the compliant systems that will work for your particular situation. Their existing website allows customers to browse a range of products and download technical data sheets. They needed an order form so customers can purchase products online.

The home of Elvis, Betty Boop and more

By Michael Baxter / 10 February 2019

Nostalgia Blvd are suppliers of nostalgic merchandise from the 50s and 60s. Owner Kaye contacted Utopia when their old website was shutdown by the host after applying a system update. Christmas was fast approaching and a new online store was needed urgently.

Thriving, peaceful communities …

By Michael Baxter / 28 February 2018

Violence Free Communities promote violence free communities by creating projects, events and tools that support people to enjoy active participation in their community. Administration co-ordinator Tamara contacted Utopia as they wanted to update their existing website. A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so staff could easily update the site. 

Surf lifesaving at its best

By Michael Baxter / 13 February 2018

For over 60 years the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club has been providing a vital service to the local community.  Club secretary Ross contacted Utopia as their existing website was in an unscalable platform that locked the club in forever and they wanted a modern website that was mobile friendly.  

Need ink?

By Michael Baxter / 30 January 2018

Melco Technologies is New Zealand's largest Printer Technology Distributor (PTD), specialising in Continuous Ink Supply Systems (CISS) & Specialised Inks for Inkjet Printers. Owner Graeme came to Utopia as he wanted to upgrade their existing website with an easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) so new products could be added by staff. 

Fungus can be fun

By Michael Baxter / 10 April 2017

Since 1993 Mushroom Gourmet have been supplying New Zealand with mushroom spawn and teaching its customers how to grow mushrooms and edible fungi. Business owner Tim came to Utopia with an existing website wanting to use the POLi payment gateway.

How is your health and safety?

By Michael Baxter / 9 June 2016

The new Workplace Health & Safety Legislation has been implemented to improve New Zealand’s workplace safety culture. My Health and Safety is preloaded with toolkits, manuals and policies, all online and ready for clients and workers to use. Have a look at their new website.

Need a ride in Dunedin?

By Michael Baxter / 25 July 2015

Airport Shuttles Dunedin who came to Utopia to upgrade their shuttle booking system. Have a look at how the project went.

Ecommerce solutions

By Michael Baxter / 10 June 2015

Today there are many options for the deployment of an e-commerce solution for your clients. These can range from subscription based web services to plug-and-play modules for your favourite Content Management System. All subscription based solutions carry a number of problems. These include operating from overseas and not offering the type of branding and functionality opportunities you would l... more »

School & Club Websites

By Michael Baxter / 26 May 2015

The team at Utopia have been creating websites for businesses as well as schools, clubs and not-for-profit organisations. Many of these are run by boards or committees that are running on a tight budget. Utopia can work with these groups to create a simple information based website, or, more specialised bespoke solutions. Here are some examples of the types of web based solutions these groups cou... more »

Kohia Art

By Michael Baxter / 13 May 2015

Utopia and Kohia Terrace School have a long-standing relationship when it comes to creating and managing the various websites associated with the school.  Recently Utopia completed a relaunch of the school website along with a micro website dedicated to the schools upcoming art sale and fundraiser. The new website provides a showcase for the exhibiting artists as well as a way for parents a... more »

Honey, honey, honey

By Michael Baxter / 6 May 2015

Utopia works with many web designers to implement e-commerce websites.  Beacon Hill Design , a design company from Marlborough, is a perfect example. Beacon Hill came to Utopia with a brief to implement their design for  Honey World - a premium honey related producer - with a new e-commerce site. Utopia received the design in the form of already sliced HTML. This was altered and restructure... more »

Going on a road trip

By Michael Baxter / 26 July 2014

Forbes and Davies are New Zealand's leading importer of Motorcycle and ATV tyres, clothing, helmets and accessories. Their website was linked to a specialist stock management platform which in turn incurred ongoing monthly costs. Forbes and Davies came to Utopia looking for a solution to cut these costs and provide improved functionality for their New Zealand wide network of dealers. Utopia ... more »

Success in the Lab

By Michael Baxter / 16 June 2014

Fort Richard - a private laboratory - came to Utopia after working with branding company No.8 Group Ltd on the design of their new website and associated marketing material.  The new website needed implementing in a CMS system with and a new back-office system developed for managing the creation and release of documents to customers. Utopia split the project into two parts with the first be... more »

What is POLi?

By Michael Baxter / 18 May 2014

Utopia has been offering e-commerce payment integration for businesses for many years. We have expertise in a wide range of solutions and are proud to now include POLi as part of this. POLi is a payment processing system that allows you to accept payments on your website that come from your customer’s internet banking system.  Your customers no longer need to have a credit or debit card w... more »

Need a service?

By Michael Baxter / 8 July 2013

Service King came to Utopia for the implementation of a new website to promote their residential and commercial cleaning company. The complete solution required e-commerce and back-office integration to Simpro - a job management system. The overall objective for the implementation included: Automated updating of service details Quoting system for Service King technicians Customer p... more »

Hold Everything

By Michael Baxter / 18 March 2013

Railblaza provide a diverse range of easy to use mounting systems and accessories for the marine, RV and farming sectors locally and internationally. They are committed to continually refining their product line. For this reason they came to Utopia with a new design they wanted applied to their existing website. Utopia discussed the options with Railblaza and walked them and their designer t... more »

NZ Aviation News

By Michael Baxter / 21 February 2013

New Zealand Aviation News is a magazine which commenced publication in 1978. It remains New Zealand’s only aviation newspaper. As with all media they had a website to support the publication. However, it did not support online digital subscriptions or a Content Management System. AMG Design came to Utopia with the vision to move the existing website design into a CMS and provide e-commerce f... more »

You Can Sew website launched

By Michael Baxter / 16 November 2012

You Can Sew is a unique company providing DVDs, patterns and video downloads on how to sew. As the product was being finalised, Utopia worked with You Can Sew to build up a requirement specification and implementation plan for their new web site. After completing some website designs Utopia implemented the site with some amazing features: Browsing of products Viewing sample videos -... more »

Shop till you drop

By Michael Baxter / 1 July 2012

Many web designers ask us what sort of technology and solutions we can offer them to get their websites running. To help answer these questions we have put together a demonstration website which showcases our recommended content platform. The demo is available at http://www.shopdemo.co.nz This site is built using CMS Made Simple and Utopia’s e-commerce module and showcases some amazing fea... more »

May Flower

By Michael Baxter / 30 June 2012

Utopia works with many web designers in implementing e-commerce websites. Beacon Hill Design , a design company from Marlborough, is a perfect example. Beacon Hill came to Utopia with a brief to implement their design for a local florist - May Flower - with a new e-commerce site. Utopia received the design in the form of already sliced HTML 5 and CSS. This was altered and restructured to fi... more »

Home Interiors

By Michael Baxter / 24 October 2011

Utopia works with many web designers for implementing e-commerce based solutions. NetInsites , a design company in Auckland, recently contracted Utopia to provide an a e-commerce solution to selling furniture and fabric under the brand Home Interiors . NetInsites managed the project with graphic design by Graphic Edge. The entire site was designed by NetInsites and Utopia provided the produc... more »

The Good Guys

By Michael Baxter / 12 February 2011

Utopia works with many web designers for implementing e-commerce based solutions. Webdzinz , a design company in Auckland, recently contracted Utopia to provide the solution for managing products on two websites for the same company. These are Good Guys Homezone , and Good Guys Xmas Club . The entire sites were designed by Webdzinz and Utopia provided the product management system. This t... more »

Oh no - not socks

By Michael Baxter / 8 December 2010

Utopia works with many design and media companies to implement front-end and back-end site functionality. Coming to Utopia to solve your large development headaches makes good sense – we have been in the industry for 14 years, have an excellent track record, and provide on-going support for our work. One Fat Sheep is just such a company – they are a fast growing media company with succes... more »

Effective e-commerce

By Michael Baxter / 22 December 2009

As Christmas approaches many organisations operating traditional websites want to capitalise on the surge in Christmas sales – online. Shopping carts and online retail are not new but many businesses find it extremely challenging when it comes to implementing a robust and efficient working solution. Utopia can help by providing e-commerce expertise as and when needed, or a complete integrated w... more »