The GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – is here. What should website owners do now?

The new GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation - which came into effect on 25th May this year and replaces the current Data Protection laws across the UK and Europe. It's important that all businesses are aware of what it means for your them, as the consequences of not complying with the new regulations could be severe, with, worse case, fines of up to 20 million Euros for larger companies.The...
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Electronic signatures, and signing documents digitally, has some great benefits

Why are e-signatures & trust services important? Businesses and individuals involved in commercial transactions or messaging activities need to have confidence in, and be trusting of, any communication that is sent in relation to that activity. This helps to ensure that documents sent electronically have not been altered in any way, that the sender can be easily recognised, and that the...
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O’Brien Media now has a presence in the heart of Shoreditch

Following an increasing number of web design and development projects for clients based in the Greater London area we've now got a presence in Shoreditch, on Paul Street, EC2A just a few minutes walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations. As with our Swindon offices, for security reasons visitors are strictly by appointment only. You can reach our Shoreditch...
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Why value matters more than price (or why your goal should be to create value innovation)

Listen to this post When we're developing websites and apps at O’Brien Media our goal is to create value innovation. This happens in creating something better than the current solutions at a lower price. Competing only with lower prices canablises business. Someone will always do it cheaper. As prices drop and profits shrink, running the business gets harder and harder. Instead, create...
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Drupal security team have issued a “highly critical” alert – Drupal website owners should upgrade immediately

The Drupal security team has sent out a "highly critical" alert: "A remote code execution vulnerability exists within multiple subsystems of Drupal 7.x and 8.x. This potentially allows attackers to exploit multiple attack vectors on a Drupal site, which could result in the site being completely compromised." Updating to the latest version of Drupal 7.x or Drupal 8.x is the only way to avoid your...
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Is Drupal too complicated for your website? Switching to WordPress might be a good move to keep things simple!

While switching from Drupal to WordPress means you may need to give up certain features and functionality, but those things don't matter if they complicate your ability to maintain and manage your website, to add improvements, or to complete software updates without the help (and costs) of a web developer. WordPress is far less complicated than Drupal This is the number one reason to choose...
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Important information about the security of websites running Drupal 7.57 or below or Drupal 8.5 or below.

This post contains important, time sensitive information about the security of your website if you're running Drupal version 7.57 or below or Drupal 8.5 or below. If you're an O'Brien Media client with a Drupal website you'll probably be familiar with the periodic Drupal update emails we send out regarding how important it is to keep up to date with security patches and other updates for your...
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3 common SEO myths debunked in 2018

It’s 2018, and SEO (search engine optimisation) should be a key elements of your digital marketing strategy. So, what does it take to rank high in the search engines? Sure, you’ll read about all kinds of ways to improve your search engine rankings. However, many factors conflict with others, leaving business owners to question whether or not we should choose one strategy or another. Below...
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Drupal 7.57 and Drupal 8.4.5 – Critical security update for Drupal websites – upgrade today

Critical security updates for Drupal (Drupal 8 version 8.4.5 and Drupal 7 version 7.57) have been released and it is essential that any websites using earlier Drupal versions are upgraded as soon as possible to keep them secure and prevent hacks and unauthorised access, including information disclosure, content tampering,...
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