6th August 2018No Comments

Can You Afford To Rely On Your Host’s Backup?

“If my website host offers backups, why do I need a separate backup plugin?” This is a question I’m asked frequently.

I would always recommend setting up a separate backup plugin that regularly, and automatically, backs up your WordPress site to an off-server location.

I’ve talked about the importance of backups before but let’s have a quick look at some of the reasons you shouldn’t rely on your host’s backups.

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15th July 2018No Comments

Is Bad Typography Making Your Website Unreadable?

I love seeing good typography on the web.

At it’s best, well-set type can make paragraphs read effortlessly, making an otherwise fairly typical design something unforgettable. At it’s worst, poor typography can make text difficult to read and create a clunky reading experience.

Find out what some of the most common web typography issues are and help to prevent them on your website.

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13th July 2018No Comments

How To Choose A Web Host

One of the most confusing topics for website owners can be who to host their website with. There are so many companies available, offering a wide range of services at different price points. How do you know which service is most appropriate for your website?

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10th July 2018No Comments

Is Google Chrome Marking Your Website ‘Not Secure’?

As of July 2018, Google Chrome is now marking all websites that don’t adopt HTTPS encryption as ‘not secure’. This isn’t a huge shock as Google has been pushing towards this goal for some time, but it does mark a significant change to how Chrome decides if a website is secure or not.

If your website doesn’t have an SSL Certificate, it will be affected by this change. Find out what this means and how to fix it.

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17th May 2018No Comments

GDPR Compliance – Is Your Website Ready?

The new GDPR law comes into effect on May 25th and website owners around the world have been scrambling to make their sites compliant by the deadline. Many website owners I’ve spoken to are bemused by the new legislation, but there are a few steps you can take immediately to get your website on the path towards compliance.

The specific compliance requirements for each site vary depending on the data being processed but a privacy policy is often one of the first hurdles for site owners who wish to be compliant but don’t necessarily know where to start. Enter Legalo, a UK–based team of internet lawyers that have created a wealth of legal document templates aimed at helping small businesses across a wide range of areas.

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22nd August 2017No Comments

‘Free’ Premium WordPress Themes/Plugins – A Good Deal?

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a Facebook advert that was offering access to a range of premium WordPress themes and plugins for $10-$20 per month. Out of curiosity I followed the link and had a browse around the website. The site features an extensive database of well-known premium themes/plugins that were all included as part of the subscription packages on offer.

When you bear in mind that a premium WordPress theme license can be around $70 per website, and premium plugins are anything between $10-$100 each, what's being offered on this site sounds like a rather good deal. This is especially true for users who are building their own websites and can't pass the costs on to clients. So, is it too good to be true? Unsurprisingly, the answer is almost definitely ‘yes’.

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18th August 2017No Comments

How To Avoid Chrome’s ‘Not Secure’ Warning

Google's Search Console users have started to receive emails stating that Chrome will be displaying new warnings to users on non-HTTPS pages from October onwards. The new Chrome 'Not Secure' warnings will be triggered when users enter text into any form on any page that's served as http:// rather than https://. What does this mean for you and your website?

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23rd April 2017No Comments

Slow WordPress Site? A Primer On Speeding It Up

Nobody likes a slow WordPress site. Slow loading times not only cost visitors/sales, but can also hurt a site’s Google ranking. If your website is mission critical and you’ve noticed it takes a while to load, it would be well worth spending some time sorting the issue out, but where to begin?

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25th March 2017No Comments

World Backup Day

What would you do if you lost everything? That’s the question the people behind World Backup Day want you to ask yourself on 31st March. A quick look at the stats featured on the website offers a stark reminder about how important it is to get a backup system in place for all your important data.

It might not be the most fascinating topic and it’s certainly easy to keep this sort of thing at the bottom of your to-do list but it’s also an increasingly important task to check off.

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22nd February 2017No Comments

WordPress Security: Preventing A Website Hack

This short series has looked at both how and why a WordPress website may have been hacked, so in this last part we will look at what can be done to prevent a hack occurring in the first place, or a reoccurrence. If your site has recently been hacked, the first thing is to get the hack cleaned up, but what measures can you put into place to prevent this occurring again?

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