1991 to 2019 – How many websites are there now?

Today we've got an infographic from Statista, showing the number of websites online since the very first one was created back in 1991. When Yahoo! came online in 1994, there were 3,000 websites while there were 2.4 million when Google was launched in 1998. Back to the beginning - 1991 On 6 August 1991, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland published the first-ever website, the...
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WordPress buys Tumblr for “less than $3m”, down from $1.1b in 2013

Sarah Krouse reports that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is buying Tumblr from Verizon. WordPress is the software reportedly powering a third of the world's websites and was itself originally focused on blogging. Tumblr was (and still is for the most part) the blogging service of choice for millions of young people, but floundered after being sold to AOL Yahoo and subsequently...
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Redirect Old Domain to New Domain via .htaccess

When you migrate a site from one domain to another, it is very important that you don’t break all the links that you built to your old domain. Proper redirection of all the pages on the old domain to the same location on the new domain will ensure that visitors to the old domain will end up in the right place.  A failure to redirect will result in a loss of visitors as well as search engine...
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Malicious plugin found to be being used to encrypt WordPress posts

Recently a new customer came to us needing their website cleaned up after a hack, as part of the cleanup we found an interesting little malicious WordPress plugin, called "WP Security", that was being used to encrypt blog post content. The website owner complained of a newly installed and activated plugin on their website that was rendering their original content unreadable. The hack The plugin...
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Is your website homepage leaky?

They say you should never judge a book by its cover but sometimes you just can’t help it, right? When it comes to your website’s home page, you should judge away because you’re likely missing out on a large number of leads and sales. After all, your home page is most often the first web page someone engages with. The majority of your inbound home page traffic is coming from and to here. It...
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Leading by example, some SEO & design changes to our blog

You may have noticed if you're a regular visitor to the O'Brien Media Insider blog, that we've made some minor changes. All in the name of SEO (search engine optimisation) and usability. As some background, Google hates duplicate content, and while they make allowances for some duplicate content that is a natural byproduct of blogging it's best to keep duplicates to a minimum‏. No more blog...
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Guiding twitter users from a public Tweet to a private conversation

When interacting with a customer on Twitter, you might want to take the conversation from the public timeline to a private Direct Message. To make this transition easier, you can include a specially formatted link in a Tweet, and we will automatically transform that link into a simple call-to-action. When a user clicks the call-to-action, they’ll be taken directly into the Direct Message...
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Wishlists let customers tell you what they want to buy from your store

Wishlists are one of the few instances in eCommerce websites when customers tell you exactly what they want — but don't yet have — from your online store. This demonstrated interest presents a highly-valuable opportunity to make a sale and fulfill a customer need, but it is often underutilised as a marketing tool. Here are our top 5 ways to turn customer wishlists into sales and increase...
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You can no longer turn off “Related Videos” when embedding a video from YouTube

According to their official statement, YouTube feels “Titles, channel information, and related videos are an important part of YouTube’s core user experience, and these changes help to make the YouTube viewing experience consistent across different platforms”. So, YouTube considers related videos an important part of their core experience and that enabling related videos on embedded...
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Apple Reveals New Emojis for World Emoji Day 2019 ⭐🎉

Apple has shown its new emoji collection for 2019 for the first time, in celebration of World Emoji Day. Approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, the 2019 updates include a number of popular additions such as a flamingo, waffle, and sari. In keeping with the focus on greater human representation within the emoji set, this year also sees people in wheelchairs, with a cane, or...
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