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WordPress 5.5.1. Speed. Search. Security.

In WordPress 5.5.1, your site gets new power in three major areas: speed, search, and security. Speed Posts and pages feel faster, thanks to lazy-loaded images. Images give your story a lot of impact, but they can sometimes make your site seem slow. In WordPress 5.5, images wait to load until they’re just about to scroll into view. The technical term is ‘lazy loading’. On mobile, lazy...
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Swindon & Wiltshire LEP open ERDF Recovery Grant applications

We've spoken to many customers over the last few weeks and months.  It goes without saying the ongoing COVID pandemic continues to hit small businesses hard across all sectors. Today, the application process opened for something called the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The ERDF Recovery Grant (which we blogged about last week) is available to small and medium companies, with a...
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Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Covid-19 Recovery Grants Scheme

Every small business has had new challenges to deal with this year. All of us are busy trying to come to terms with this new reality, and it's easy to miss opportunities while you're tending to your business. We recently became aware of a programme run by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Economic Partnership and their Economic Plan. Catchy, I know. The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP is...
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Matomo is a full-featured web analytics platform that rivals Google

It’s no surprise, given the prevalence of Google, that many websites – from small blogs to multi-million-pound e-commerce platforms – use Google Analytics, a service that tracks and reports website traffic. There’s no denying it’s an incredibly powerful platform that provides users with real benefits, from gaining an understanding of where visitors are coming from to providing insight...
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Windows 10 has a hidden emoji picker – here’s how to use it

Windows 10 has a hidden emoji picker you can use to type emoji in any application, even desktop programs like Google Chrome. It’s accessible by pressing a keyboard shortcut combination. How to Open the Emoji Picker To open the emoji picker, press Win+. or Win+; on your keyboard. In other words, hold the Windows key down and press either the period (.) or semicolon (;) key. Your cursor must be...
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WordPress 5.5 nearly ready for launch! Is your website ready?

The WordPress development team has now released the first release candidate for WordPress 5.5! This is an important milestone in the WordPress community’s progress toward the final release of WordPress 5.5 to website owners. If you're not familiar with software development terminology, “Release Candidate” means that the new version is ready for release, but with millions of users and...
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How to set up Google Search Console for your WordPress website

Google Search Console is a free tool that provides you with all kinds of information about how your website appears in Google, which pages are indexed, some of the search terms people are using to find your website, and some of your keyword rankings. To set it up for your WordPress website: 1. Create or sign into your Google account at https://accounts.google.com. 2. Go...
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