Holidays around the world – stock images for the festive season

Wherever in the world you are – in a city covered in a beautiful white blanket of snow or spending days chilling on a tropical beach – you can feel the holidays approaching! This season is all about laughter and smiles, and the special moments shared with loved ones. We've chosen 8 of our favourite photos on stock image website Pexels that showcase the joy of celebration, no matter where you...
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4 Steps to Take Before Updating to WordPress 5.0

The major change in WordPress 5.0 is the introduction of the Gutenberg editor. Gutenberg is a drag-and-drop interface that dramatically changes how posts and pages are built. You can choose to disable the Gutenberg editor and install the Classic editor plugin, if you want to maintain the same editing experience you’re used to. However, it’s still important to know how the Gutenberg editor...
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WordPress 5.0, named “Bebo”, was officially released on December 6

In the biggest news in a long time, WordPress 5.0, named "Bebo", was officially released on December 6. As such, the new Gutenberg block editor is officially part of the WordPress core. Be careful about updating and if possible test your site for compatibility before upgrading your live/production website, also consider using the official Classic Editor plugin if you're not ready to move to the...
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Instagram is an awesome way for small businesses to engage with customers

Many businesses are now using Instagram as part of their PR strategy to share information with their customers and target audiences. Instagram is a fantastic way for small businesses to engage with audiences, show them what you’re up to, and continue building strong relationships. Here are a few Instagram engagement tips you should use at your business. 1. Know your message/have your own style...
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How to install a WordPress plugin – step-by-step guide with pictures

We often get asked how to install a WordPress plugin - here's a 3 step guide that gets straight to the point. This will apply to most plugins - although if you're installing a plugin that needs additional settings or configuration you're best best is to follow the installation instructions from the plugin developer. Anyway, lets get to the guide... Step 1 Log in to your WordPress account and go...
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64% of UK shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday

According to figures from Black Friday Global, 64 percent of shoppers in the UK plan to take advantage of Black Friday sales this year. Hardly surprising when the average discount offered by retailers is a massive 62 percent. As the above chart from Statistica shows, these kind of deals lead the average spend on this day, this year 23 November, to be £300. Retailers, especially those still...
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If your website relies on PHP 5, it’s time to get ready for PHP 7

PHP, the Open Source scripting language, is used by nearly 80 percent of the world's websites. According to W3Techs, around 61 percent of all websites on the internet still use PHP 5, a version of PHP that was first released fourteen years ago. Now is the time to give PHP 5 some attention. In less than two months, on December 31st, security support for PHP 5 will officially cease. (Note: Some...
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5 advantages of email marketing

The meteoric rise in popularity of social media over recent years may have made you – and other business owners – wonder whether email marketing has had it's day. On the contrary, email marketing is still a powerful tool. If you doubt that, simply check your email inbox and see how many businesses and organisations have sent you information today alone about what they offer. The businesses...
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Before updating to WordPress 5.0, make sure you’re running WooCommerce 3.5.1+

When WordPress 5.0 is released this month – currently planned for November 19 – your site needs to be running WooCommerce 3.5.1+ to avoid breaking changes. This is even more important if you have auto-updates toggled on. Since the last minor release of WooCommerce in May, the WooCommerce team have been working on a variety of improvements: Performance improvements REST API v3 Improved wording...
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New ICO GDPR guidance: Passwords and encryption in online services and websites

What is required under the GDPR?The latest guidance from the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) could be relevant to anyone operating a website (whether it's using WordPress, WooCommerce, Drupal or numerous other content management systems.If your website allows users to log in, whether it's staff, volunteers, customers, or the general public, the new guidance needs to be...
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