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for Kiwi Business

Website Design — Deployment — Care Plans — Performance Reporting

About Us
Kiwi websites built and hosted using state-of-the art software

We are a small company based in Wellington, New Zealand. We have been providing website design and hosting for over 10 years. As a small New Zealand business we understand other New Zealand businesses.

Dear John makes web hosting and website development easy and affordable for small businesses and businesses who are just starting out. Our sites grow with your business.

Effective Web Design

We don't just do pretty websites! We develop stylish, responsive  websites which will help convert lookers to customers.

Local Support

We are based in New Zealand — we speak Kiwi. Our servers are secure off-shore and use world-leading software. 


Start small and grow. Your website can grow with your business. Hosting only or a full design package — you choose. 

Secure Solutions

Umaintained websites are vulnerable to hackers. We do the techie stuff so you don't need to worry. 

Are you a web designer who needs hosting for your clients?

We'd like to talk about providing an excellent service to your clients which will also add to your bottom line. 

WordPress+Page Buider = Freedom

Industry-standard software hat means we can work with your designer, or you may want to do your own updates. We offer flexibility and usability. 

Online Shop

Because we use WordPress to build your site,  adding features such as eCommerce to sell your goods and services is straightforward.  Your website develops as your business does. 

Your Website Stays Secure

A website needs regular software updates to keep it secure. We'll do this for you - think of it as insurance against the bad guys! 

Customer-Focussed Websites

Our websites are designed for your customers — they are easy for customers to use on their phone or laptop, plus they are easy for search engines to find. 

Event Management

Add the functionality so customers can sign up for your events or courses online.  Combine with eCommerce to provide payment options.

Upgrades and Backups Automatically

All of our hosting packages will get a monthly report describing what upgrades we've done. Packages have flexible upgrades. 


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Sue Skene

Just to say that I am very pleased with my website! Have just been looking at it on my phone too and that works very well! Many thanks for everything. We got there in the end.

How Can We Help You?
We Design — We Host
Business Owners

We develop a spec for your website. We build the website for you and we host it.  You focus on your business, we maintain your website. 

Your Designer Designs — We Host
Web Designers

We are happy to work with designers direct so that their clients have a single point of contact. Don't tell your client to find their own hosting - talk to us. 

You Design — We Host

We can provide a robust platform which gives you access to your own WordPress environment with the newest Page Builder software installed. 

Latest News

Got a Blackmail Demand — Hacked Your Website Email?

There’s a scam going around at the moment. One of our clients got it via a “contact us” form, but its also been seen as an unsolicited email. The gist of the email is that they have  hacked your database and are going to destroy your site’s reputation — they appear to be demanding US$2000…

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Optimising A Blog Post for SEO — Titles and Meta description

headlines and leads grab attention

NB  this blog post assumes you are using the SEOPress Pro plugin. We provide this free to all our website design and care plan clients. Meta Titles and Descriptions — Controlling What Google shows Your meta title and description together create what is know as a “snippet” — that’s what shows in Google if you…

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Someone has bought your China domain name scam

Chinese Domain Name Spam Email

We are not the only NZ business to get this email — for a scam — it’s well written, and looks vaguely legit. Particularly for the non-techie business owner who may freak out that someone is trying to steal their company name. So let’s unpack what they are actually saying here. They are claiming that…

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Content Marketing for New Zealand Businesses

content strategy how to

Think about these scenarios: Ngaire runs a landscaping business. She wants a few more clients in your area. So around 6pm one Friday, when you are the middle of cooking tea, her cold-call company calls you to see if you’d like to talk to her about landscaping your garden. Now you have been thinking about…

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Got the Porn Blackmail Email Scam? How Do They Know My Email Password?

Don't Fall For this Email Scam

Saturday morning, not too early, on account of the party the night before, I check my email. Not happy to discover my business partner’s email has been hacked! Given we host the email, very much unhappy about it. In fact I had to spend more than 10sec to work out that it’s a scam. What…

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Does Your Business Website Need SSL?

https security

Short answer: Yes. But what on earth is SSL? I could talk to you about an added encryption layer of SSL/TLS to protect the traffic, but let’s just focus on why it matters to business owners, and leave the geekery to me and other geeks. SSL is the technology that changes a website’s address from…

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Vodafone is Closing Your Email — Now What?

Sinking ship

Many  years ago I had an email account which ended with @paradise.net.nz. Overseas friends thought it was cool that someone living in NZ lived in “paradise”. Paradise was our internet provider at the time (subsequently bought by Clear, who in turn were bought by Vodafone). At  some point I moved and changed providers — and…

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We help Wellington businesses kick-start their online marketing with effective websites, first class website care packages, branding and marketing materials. We pride ourselves on listening a providing a clearly priced, cost-effective solution.

Once final payment is made, you own all  materials developed for you, and we use technology which means you control your website with no long-term lock in to us.

Contact Us
  • 027 312 1469

  • support@dearjohn.nz

  • P.O. Box 41055, Lower Hutt 5047, NEW ZEALAND

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