Professional Development Blog

CRM for Not-For-Profits

Posted by ProDev Admin at 10:56am, Tuesday 12th August, 2014
Professional Development are proud to announce the development of a Customer Relationship Management system called ALO.

ICONZ affected by Sky Tower outtage

Posted by ProDev Admin at 9:10am, Friday 13th June, 2014
This morning equipment failure in the Sky Tower saw web services affected for a number of providers including Clear and ICONZ. As a customer of ICONZ, unfortunately Professional Development Ltd websites were affected and offline while the technicians quickly repaired the problem. Our servers and software still ran without problem, it was simply the connection. Apologies to our customers for this unforeseen event. Although some events are beyond our control, we appreciate our clients contacting us so we can quickly diagnose any issues.

Social Media Training

Posted by ProDev Admin at 10:26am, Tuesday 26th June, 2012

We are conducting training with a client atm on social media tools within their website and how to use a blog effectively

Latest Website that Sells

Posted by ProDev Admin at 6:21pm, Monday 12th March, 2012

Professional Development has undergone its 4th and latest redesign. We are proud to release our latest website that sells, and you can find it at


This is the sister site to and will offer direct access to some of the other services Professional Devleopment provides through its home grown content management system, CMS Command.

BNI: Business performance measurement and business failure

Posted by ProDev Admin at 6:02pm, Tuesday 15th November, 2011
Tags: bni
Tomorrow (Wednesday Nov 15th) at 9.00am we are having our weekly BNI meeting for business networking. We also have a guest speaker, Dr David Tweed ( who will speaking on the topic of "Business performance measurement and business failure". If you would like to come along for a free coffee and to hear a great speaker at no cost, then come along to the Manawatu Golf Club at 9am.

Radio Advertising for Websites that Sell

Posted by ProDev Admin at 10:40am, Wednesday 5th October, 2011
This week we had our 2nd wave of radio advertising out with a clear message, "You NEED a website that Sells". Pretty pictures alone will not sell your product, and being the best kept secret on the Internet is certainly not going to give you a website that sells. You need to be found on Google, and you need a clear meesage with persuasive content and calls to action. With our 12 week guarantee of greater qualified visitors, we can develop the best foundation from which to launch or improve your business online.

Order Searching

Posted by ProDev Admin at 2:07pm, Thursday 2nd June, 2011
Its been a long time between Blog posts, but its always good to pick the ball back up again. It can be the little things like functionality updates that can go a long way to helping add value to our systems. One of the latest updates worth mentioning is a recent update to our CMS WebCommand with the e-commerce and Orders modules. Now administrators have the ability to search deep within orders including orders containing specific products. By searching through a range of options from date, order numbers, reference, and customer, you can easily find and process an order that may otherwise be difficult to find in a sea of orders.

GST sorted for clients

Posted by ProDev Admin at 3:38pm, Monday 11th October, 2010
Tags: gst
Now 10 days on since GST was increased, and all of our e-commerce clients are happy to report no problems from the 1st of October.

Professional Developement ensured that all e-commerce clients as of 1 second past midnight were updated at no extra cost and as part of our commitment to ensuring our systems are kept up to date.

Outlook reaching 2GB Limit, time for a change?

Posted by ProDev Admin at 7:24am, Saturday 28th August, 2010
Did you know Microsoft Outlook has a 2GB limit? When it reaches this limit, some rather unexpected things start to happen. Your email stops receiving and as I found out, it stops all together! The result is total frustration, an instant halt to email communications, and a feeling of helplessness while you search the web for solutions.

I think I have found that solution, Mozilla Thunderbird. Unlike Outlook, Thunderbird is free. Thunderbird does have filesize limitations for the mailbox, however it is 4GB per folder created in your Inbox instead of 2GB for your entire Inbox like Outlook.

Installation of Thunderbird was a breeze, and mapping accounts via IMAP ensured I had all my emails back plus the ones I had missed while down. The Lightning plugin also gave me a fully functional calendar with appointments that are compatible with Outlook.

I recently created a new signature, and by linking to the following images, Thunderbirds signature works a treat.

The best part of Thunderbird I have found is the inbox search feature which gives back results on the fly as you type so I can easily find email.

Next step is to review Gmail as that is probably the next migration. Shows that there are viable (and free) alternatives to Outlook. I for one will not be looking back.

Gaming in Wellington

Posted by ProDev Admin at 9:45pm, Saturday 5th June, 2010
At the SMG Lan playing UT2k4 with all the old school boyz :)