Cybercrime: Keep your money safe when shopping online

As part of National Consumer Week and International Fraud Awareness Week, we want to remind our customers and readers of some of the issues of shopping online and what can be done to limit the risks. Many people might be looking to get themselves prepared ahead of the festive period by shopping for gifts online. As people are again furloughed and usual socialising is curtailed for now, some may...
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Win the customer experience game today and post-Covid

We're nearing the end of a challenging year — and heading into the festive season — people are slowly beginning to shop again. But they’re doing so carefully and consciously, buying close to home and embracing e-commerce more than ever. Brands need to be ready to adopt a variety of in-store and online measures to cater to today’s shopper. So what can brands do to deliver meaningful...
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Google Suggests Permanent URLs for Black Friday & Cyber Monday Pages

Google shared the advice that website owners should be "using permanent URLs for Black Friday pages rather than creating new URLs for each annual sale" as part of it's set of best practices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages, along with five additional recommendations, which we've included below. Here’s more on the benefits of using recurring URLs, and a rundown of Google’s other advice...
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Why is ?doing_wp_cron being added to my WordPress URLs

This is simply a sign that you have ALTERNATE_WP_CRON defined in your wp-config.php In order to do some background processing (like publishing scheduled posts), WordPress redirects you to the URL with ?doing_wp_cron appended. This is usually triggered by backup plugins such as UpDraft backups or All-In-One WP Migration. wp-config.php If you want to disable this, simply open your ...
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Unpacking the WordPress update fiasco (and why you need someone to keep an eye on your WordPress updates)

Everything doesn't always go to plan, and that was the case for a series of WordPress Update mishaps recently. On Thursday, October 29th the WordPress core team released WordPress version 5.5.2. This was a minor release containing bug fixes and security enhancements to the core WordPress content management system powering over one-third of the internet. In the WordPress 5.5.2 release, the...
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WooCommerce: Spam Orders and Accounts from Bots

Versions of WooCommerce prior to 4.6.2 contain a vulnerability that allows guest users to create accounts during checkout even when the "Allow customers to create an account during checkout" setting is disabled. This vulnerability is being exploited by a bot to place spam orders and create user accounts that are then used to probe for vulnerabilities in other plugins on the site. In response to...
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Second Lockdown: What are the new rules from 5th November 2020?

New lockdown rules were introduced in England from just after midnight last night (Thursday 5th November 20202). Pubs, restaurants, gyms, and non-essential shops will close for four weeks. These new measures are intended to reduce the growth rate of COVID-19, protect the NHS and ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work. It’s up to all of us to play our part to avoid...
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We’re here to help you & your business through lockdown

With the first day of this new national lockdown (5th November 2020) upon us, I wanted to let you know that, as during the previous lockdown, we will be here to help you and your business, club, or other organisation through these difficult times. If you haven’t already updated your website to provide information to your customers, members, or visitors then we can help you do this – either as...
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