Does your website homepage make an impact on your visitors?

Everyday, we see websites that are not fulfilling their full potential. An impactful home page can make such a huge difference to your business and could be a key tool in helping you grow your customer base and take your company into the future. Long gone are the days when you just ‘needed to be online’. In fact, it is thought that around 50% of UK businesses still don’t have a website....
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WordPress 5.1.1 Patches Critical Vulnerability

WordPress 5.1.1 was released yesterday evening with an important security update for a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability found in 5.1 and prior versions. The release post credited Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies for discovering and reporting the vulnerability. Scannell published a post summarizing how an unauthenticated attacker could take over any WordPress site that has comments...
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The most dangerous phrase in the language…

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was a U.S. Naval officer, and an early computer programmer. She was the developer of the first compiler for a computer programming language; at the end of her service she was the oldest serving officer in the United States Navy. Grace Hopper is also famous for a quote, that guides so many programmers and developers, including our team at O'Brien Media. The quote, "The...
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Private tweets sent using Twitter’s Android app could have been exposed publicly for years

Twitter said it had discovered a security flaw which meant "protected" tweets became public when some changes were made to accounts. Anyone who updated the email address linked to their account between November 2014 and January 2019 could have had messages exposed, it said. Twitter said it had started to let affected users know about the bug. It added that it had turned the protections back on...
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Summer Bank Holiday is here on August 27th!

It’s almost the end of August and we hope everyone is having an amazing summer! The UK Summer Bank Holiday is coming up this Monday August 27th and our team will be taking a break. Please keep in mind that there will be no telephone support on Monday, although urgent issues raised via email will be dealt with, and we will be back at work on Tuesday August 28th.
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Quick read: 4 Reasons to switch to HTTPS – RIGHT NOW!

Why make the move to HTTPS? #1 Google Said So Google have given us several reasons to move to HTTPS, but the main reasons are Encryption, Data Integrity and Authentication. This just means an overall more secure site for users, which is especially important when handing over sensitive data. Bear in mind, your site may still be vulnerable to attacks and hacks, the HTTPS doesn’t solve and...
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Customiser updates, code checking and GDPR features in WordPress 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 features a much improved Customiser workflow with design drafts, locking, scheduling, and preview links. What’s more, code syntax highlighting and error checking has arrived, and will make for a clean and smooth site building experience even easier. Finally, if all that wasn’t pretty great, WordPress has got a great new Gallery widget and improvements to theme browsing and...
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What does GDPR and new European Privacy laws mean for your business

What does GDPR mean?As of the 25th of May 2018, data protection laws are changing from the 1998 Data Protection Act to the new EU GDPR and there are several changes that the team at O’Brien Media have made that some website and business owners may not be aware they have to make too.The new regulation will focus more on documentation and procedures, changing how organisations approach data...
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Drupal admins: Another critical security update is coming for Drupal on Wednesday

Once again, the developers of Drupal are releasing an emergency patch for a critical vulnerability in the popular CMS. The critical security advisory issued on Monday indicates another patch will be released between 16:00 - 18:00 UTC on April 25th, 2018. Specific details of the vulnerability the patch will correct are unclear, as the developers have not provided any hints of the nature of the...
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3 reasons why your website may not be converting visitors into paying customers…

How do you measure the success of your website? Conversion. You could have heaps of visitors heading to your site, but those visits don’t really matter if you aren’t converting them into paying customers. All other traffic is essentially wasted. Are you finding yourself with a lot of website visitor traffic, selling desirable services at competitive prices, but with very few paying...
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