The route out of Lockdown: reopening of businesses and venues

Like all of us here at O’Brien Media, you have probably been following all the news regarding the latest lockdown. On Wednesday 24th February, the government published their official guidance detailing the steps in which the UK will progress from this lockdown. This blog post will summarise each of the steps and the key points that each involves in regard to the reopening of businesses and...
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Scheduled Server Maintenance – Friday 26th/Saturday 27th Feb 2020

During the evening of Friday 26th into Saturday 27th February we will be carrying our essential server maintenance on all of our website hosting servers. There will be a brief period where email collection and website access will be affected. No email will be lost during this period and the maintenance will result in speed and stability improvements across our website hosting platform.
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Be aware of new Bitcoin-related scam emails!

ActionFraud is warning the public about unsolicited emails that promote investment opportunities regarding Bitcoin. They have stated they have received over 750 reports of these phishing emails. This blog post will tell you what to look out for and how you can protect yourself. What do these emails look like? These emails are using ‘celebrity endorsements’ in order to persuade their victims...
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Greater flexibility announced for Bounce Back Loan repayments

On the 8th February, the government announced that businesses that have taken out the government=backed Bounce Back Loans to help deal with the COVID-19 impact, now have greater flexibility in terms of repayment. What has the chancellor announced? The key aspect of the Chancellor’s announcement is that loan borrowers will be able to delay all repayments for a further six months. There is also...
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Will your WordPress site continue to work after 9th March jQuery update?

WordPress core is making the jump from jQuery 1.12.4 to jQuery 3.5.1! This is a huge offer for great deals of factors– like modern-day functions, much better DX, and security enhancements among others. Now, the strategy is to launch the upgrade in WordPress 5.7, which is due to launch on March 9, leaving very little time to get sites ready, especially if automatic updates are installed or if...
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WordPress now powers over 40% of the world’s websites

The world's most popular CMS continues to grow and new data from W3Techs has revealed that 40 percent of the web or two out of every five websites now use WordPress. While there are plenty of WordPress alternatives including Shopify and Squarespace, WordPress is still in a league of its own. This is because, in addition to the sites powered by WordPress, an ecosystem has been built up around...
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Does duplicate content affect SEO on Google?

There is a common misconception that having duplicate content on a website can negatively affect search results. However, Google’s John Mueller has confirmed this is not the case. This blog post will explain all about what he has revealed about Google and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Duplicate content is normal Mueller has stated that having duplicate content should not have “a negative...
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Responsive WordPress website for Cirencester Scrap and Recycling

Working from page content and site structure retrieved from The Internet Archive (www.archive.org) we managed to reconstruct the barebones of a previous version of the Cirencester Scrap and Recycling website after a lapse in the renewal of the website hosting resulted in a loss of the website. We created a fresh new website using WordPress and rewrote the website content, from the original...
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