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Success story :: New lick of paint

By Michael Baxter / 20 May 2020

North West Painters  have experience in painting any surface from new constructions to cabinets in commercial properties. Business owner Larid came to Utopia needing a new website for his rebranded painting business. A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so he could easily update the site. 

Week 1 done.… Now plan week 2

By Michael Baxter / 1 April 2020

Congratulations! As a business owner you’ve made it through week 1 of lockdown - what a week of emotions! Welcome to our new normal – for a few short weeks hopefully. How are you using this time? For us here at Utopia it’s a time to look at our business, consider our strengths, and above all else do some planning. Without getting too overloaded, here are some things you mi... more »

Heading into lockdown

By Michael Baxter / 26 March 2020

We want to let you know that Utopia is still fully open for business. While the country heads into level 4 lockdown we have the luxury of being able to operate as normal. All meetings and consultation will be done online. There are some amazing tools out there for this including Skype and Zoom. Give us a call on 0800 52 87 87 or email info@utopia.co.nz. Utopia is here to help as much as we can... more »

Perfect CRM and member portal

By Michael Baxter / 22 May 2019

North West Country Ltd was established to give the area a unified voice to promote the region, and provide visitors with a central hub for information. Manager Phelan came to Utopia needing to upgrade how they manage their membership database. 

Perfect landing page

By Michael Baxter / 6 November 2018

Fort Richard Laboratories Ltd is a trusted manufacturer of microbiology consumables and equipment in New Zealand. They planned to exhibit at a large trade show and needed a landing page for a new product they were promoting. The objective was to market the page on Google and collect customer registration details.

Delivering exceptional service

By Michael Baxter / 27 October 2018

Service King is a one-stop shop for all cleaning needs, offering first-class service throughout Auckland. Business Owner Vick came to Utopia wanting a new website and hosting. A Content Management System (CMS) was also required so staff could easily update the site.

How secure is your website?

By Michael Baxter / 28 June 2017

You may not think your site has anything worth being hacked for, but websites are compromised all the time. The majority of website security breaches are not to steal your data or deface your website, but instead attempts to use it to send spam or share files illegally. Other very common ways to abuse compromised machines include using them as part of larger ransomware attacks. Hacking is regu... more »

SilverStripe CMS

By Michael Baxter / 10 March 2017

There are many different website Content Management Systems (CMS) on the market today. One of the newer players is the locally developed SilverStripe . This CMS was only open sourced in 2006. This allowed developers and designers from around the world to shape and improve SilverStripe. Since this time a vibrant open source community has grown around the project and the company has expanded with ... more »

Protection from hackers

By Michael Baxter / 16 January 2017

As we rely on web and mobile app solutions more and more we need to consider the protection we are providing our customers. One of the many ways to improve protection is to operate your website behind a Content Distribution Network (CDN). A CDN is a globally distributed network of servers deployed in multiple locations around the globe. Their goal is to deliver content to users with high availabi... more »

Christmas operating hours

By Michael Baxter / 5 December 2016

Over the Christmas period Utopia's office will be closed on Wednesday 21st December 2016 and reopen on Monday the 16th January 2017. During the holiday season you can email info@utopia.co.nz or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to working with you in the coming year and hope our business relationship continues for many years to come. The staff at Utopia wish you a safe ... more »

The decline of the desktop just passed a major milestone

By Michael Baxter / 5 December 2016

They say it’s one of the saddest moments in a person’s life when their child can beat them at a game for the first time, and the desktop computer just had its own electronic version of that distressing experience. October 2016 was the month smartphones and tablet web browsing finally took the lead: 51.3% to 48.7%. Sure, there’s no biological link here, but there’s only one... more »

FB tax not a good look

By Michael Baxter / 20 November 2016

Prime Minister John Key says he has delivered a blunt message to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that the social media firm has a public relations problem over not paying its fair share of tax. Key talked to the billionaire businessman on the margins of the Apec summit in Peru during a conversation that included Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Nieto. "I was reasonably blunt. I said I thought Facebook did have an issue in terms of its global tax, with the perception of its tax policy. And I thought he needed to change that," Key said.

Too much Big Data

By Michael Baxter / 17 October 2016

Sometimes people have access to too much big data. Check out these crazy comparisons - and there is even a book with more then in!.

13 Free Data Visualization Tools

By Michael Baxter / 19 September 2016

Data doesn’t have to be boring. Adding a dash of visual appeal to raw data can make it easily comprehensible and instantly appealing. In the interest of (1) making your data more user-friendly and (2) not boring the eyes out of anyone who sees your work, picking a trusty data visualization tool is a must. Check out the top 13 Free Data Visualization Tools.

Panel ... beating

By Michael Baxter / 7 September 2016

Panel Quote is an advanced shop management software tool built specifically for the New Zealand panel repair and paint refinishing industry. They wanted a website application audit of their database and server to maximise stability and performance.

Christmas Hours

By Michael Baxter / 14 December 2015

Over the Christmas period Utopia's office will be closed from Monday 21st December 2015 and reopen on Monday the 18th January 2016. During the holiday season you can email info@utopia.co.nz or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to working with you in the coming year and hope our business relationship continues for many years to come. The staff at Utopia wish you a safe a... more »

Preparing for the year ahead

By Michael Baxter / 23 November 2015

Christmas is coming and we would like to take this opportunity to showcase some of the many projects we have worked on this year. You can  see even more on our website. Guaranteed Electrical Goody Two Shoes Forbes and Davies Homesit Kohia Terrace School Fort Richard As the end of the year approaches it is a good time to think about a plan for your website ... more »

How is your customer service?

By Michael Baxter / 13 October 2015

Christmas is coming and many businesses will be approaching their busiest time of year. Now is a good time to review your customer service.  Here are 5 steps to making your customer’s experience with you top notch: Change your vocabulary How do you talk about, and to, your customers? What phrases do you use to ​communicate with customers, and what do you call them behind their backs?... more »

Starter Website

By Michael Baxter / 26 September 2015

Utopia offers a great starter package for clients. This gives you a single rolling page with sections for information on your business. The website will be matched to your logo and colours and will be fully responsive across mobiles, tablets and desktop computers. The different sections can include the following types of information: Description of what you offer Your services Te... more »

Have a very merry Christmas

By Michael Baxter / 21 December 2012

The staff at Utopia wishes you a safe and merry Christmas. Over the Christmas period Utopia's offices will be closed from the 21st December to 14th January 2013. During the holiday season you can email all support requests to info@utopia.co.nz or use the  contact form on our website. May your holiday season and new year be filled with joy, happiness and success. We look forward to wo... more »

News from Utopia

By Michael Baxter / 26 September 2012

This email is a follow-on from the recent announcement that on 28.9.12 Digiweb Ltd will acquire Laurus Technolgy Ltd and take over the hosting and domain name services currently supplied by Utopia. Digiweb will be taking over the bank account so you do not need to change any automatic payments. Services will remain the same so not changes are required to email, DNS or FTP settings. The Utop... 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 »

Remote support

By Michael Baxter / 24 April 2012

Working on a clients’ computer has got a lot easier with improved broadband speeds and the ease of use of tools like TeamViewer. This enables you to make changes to email settings or diagnose client computer problems. First, you need to download TeamViewer and install it on your computer. It is free for non-commercial use. Next, send your client these simple steps to get them up and going: ... more »

Highlights from twenty-eleven

By Michael Baxter / 20 December 2011

Below are some highlights from the 200 projects Utopia has been involved with throughout the year: HangaNZ - runs in conjunction with a show on Maori TV sKids - CMS site and intranet portal How Much My House - reports in your area Homesit - CMS site and intranet portal Home Interiors - Large e-commerce solution Xcessorise - Another large e-commerce solution NR... more »


By Michael Baxter / 14 April 2011

Transformer are a boutique design agency, specialising in high-end brand communications in print and on the web. When Transformer contacted Utopia they were looking for a good, reliable provider of web development and hosting services. Utopia was already hosting a website for one of Transformer's clients so the relationship grew from there. Some of the work Utopia has done for Transformer i... more »

Why become a Utopia Partner?

By Michael Baxter / 10 August 2009

Utopia is a fast growing company that partners with skilled professionals to deliver integrated solutions to our clients. We are always on the lookout for experts and like-minded companies to work with us. Utopia offers partner individuals and organisations the following benefits: Access to a broad range of online technology skill sets Utopia can provide an extensive range of technica... more »

Five reasons why your website is a top priority during a recession

By Michael Baxter / 24 June 2009

Naturally, you want to get the most for your money in these tough economic times. As you tighten the purse strings on your business, you need to prioritise spending. Should you invest more money into your website, or leave it on the back burner? What is your marketing strategy? Here are five reasons why during this financial crisis you want to make your website a top priority. 1. More cost-eff... more »