How we cut Drupal website load time by 66% using a content delivery network

We're always trying out new ways to speed up websites to improve user experience and help to reduce waiting times for visitors (and improve conversion and reduce visitor bounce rate) so last week we set up our own website to use a content delivery network (or CDN for short). We wanted to see if using a CDN was really making a difference to the speed of our website so we carried out a little...
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O’Brien Media Limited Brand Guidelines, & Brand Voice and Tone

You can download our brand guidelines, & brand voice, and tone guidelines below. Brand Guidelines, & Brand Voice and Tone You're welcome to use the below as a guide of sorts but please don't copy word-for-word (or page-for-page). A lot of effort went into producing these guides and they're © copyright O'Brien Media Limited. OBrien Media Limited Brand Guidelines A4 (PDF) OBrien Media...
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Upgrade today: WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” now available

The latest version of WordPress, version 4.6 (named “Pepper” in honor of jazz saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III), is now available to download via the WordPress website at There are some exciting new features in WordPress 4.6 to help you to focus on the important parts of running your website along with enhancements to simplify some of the the...
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Microsoft Office 365 E5 Now Available

Many of our customers already experience the benefits of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud based solution, combined with the just-released Office 2016 apps means there’s never been a better time to get Microsoft Office 365 E5, the most comprehensive Office 365 offering. Always have the latest versions of:                Version updates are included in your subscription and new...
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New OneDrive for Business sync client for Office 365 users

Microsoft have listened to customer feedback, and have delivered a new sync client for OneDrive for Business designed to make OneDrive for Business for Office 365 users faster and more reliable. This update provides a much improved sync experience so that you always have the latest version of your files accessible from any device. Microsoft will be rolling out this upgrade over the coming...
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Google’s Chrome browser will soon label non HTTPS websites as “Unsafe”

After Google announced that it had started considering HTTPS as a metric when deciding the pagerank of a given website (giving higher priority to SSL secured websites over their non-SSL counterparts) it was only a matter of time before they took the next logical step and started further penalising websites without SSL (HTTPS) support. What we weren't expecting was Google to decide to go a...
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Drupal 7.50 has been released

Drupal 7.50, the latest release in the Drupal 7 series as of 8th July 2016, is now available for installation on websites running the 7 series of Drupal. Drupal 7.50 contains a variety of new features, performance improvements, security-related enhancements, and bug fixes - the 7.50 release itself includes no security fixes (although if you haven't installed previous updates the 7.50 release...
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Fixing photo orientation on images uploaded via PHP from iOS devices

Below is a great function (created by Wes over on Stack Overflow) that can be used to automatically correct the image orientation when uploading images (the main culprit for weird orientation related glitches being iOS based devices) - simple call the correctImageOrientation() function after uploading the image and voilla the rotation/orientation of the image is corrected! The function:...
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Efficiency in the Cloud with Office 365

Cloud based services offer businesses the opportunity to subscribe to the latest software technology without having to pay out every time you need to update your software or move to a new platform. Microsoft are juggernauts in the software industry and are making strikes in the cloud based software marketplace. With Office 365, you and your staff can have Microsoft's world renowned office suite...
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Traffic from Google Search App showing in website analytics

Over the past few weeks we've noticed an increasing number of visits to websites at use our website analytics service, along with visitors to websites that use Google Analytics, showing up with a referring website (referrer) of "" - while this may seem a bit cryptic it's not spam or other suspicious traffic and is in fact shown for visitors coming to your...
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