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Five steps to online selling success

Getting your shop online can be a really rewarding experience and can open your business to a whole new target market, but there are a few pitfalls to stay away from. 1. Platform The first thing that you will need to assess is the platform that you will use for your business. Do you use …

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Website security is more than just a green padlock!

History As the internet was starting and websites were building into the realms of e-commerce, we needed a way to ensure that payment details were transmitted securely between the website visitor and the web server. This is where SSL comes in. Transport Layer Security (TLS), and its now-deprecated predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL),[1] are cryptographic …

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3 reasons why better web hosting won’t cost you anything

I was sat on holiday and, day dreaming to myself, end up at the logical conclusion that better web hosting won’t actually cost you anything. Now I’m not saying that decent business class web hosting will be free, but that making a conscious decision to choose the right web hosting company can get you a …

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Top Tips to Keep Your Website Safe

Backup, Backup, Backup. And then restore. First and foremost in making sure that your website is safe and secure, is thinking about the worst case scenario and if everything was to go wrong, working out how you would go about getting your site up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible. Remember that your …

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Welcome to WordPress 5.1 ~ A Little Better Every Day

Following WordPress 5.0—a major release which introduced the new Block Editor—5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving overall performance of the editor. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers. Site Health With security and speed in mind, …

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WordPress features in v4.9.6 that help your site become GDPR compliant

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, one side of the personal information that you hold may be within your WordPress website. Back in April WordPress, as an organisation, started addressing the tools that each website administrator would need to address the operational requests that website users can submit to obtain …

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WordPress 4.8 has been released. What’s new? Widgets

Brilliant News! WordPress 4.8 has been released and it has some great new functionality to improve and ease your use of the software. From the release statement: Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link …

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The importance of website speed to search engine crawling

As the internet is growing, one of the differentiating aspects of  content can be the speed that information is served and how well your web host is helping you to be found. This screenshot from Google Webmaster Tools, to the right, is a great demonstration of the importance of website speed to search engine crawling. …

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