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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Do you need Christmas and New Year opening hours or other information added to your website?

With Christmas rapidly approaching (16 sleeps at the time of writing) we're taking a lot of requests for changes to add Christmas and New Year opening hours, festive menus, and special Christmas offers to the websites of our varied range of client website. It's best to keep your customers informed of any changes to your opening hours, or changes to contact arrangements over the Christmas...
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Business Christmas cards – are your competitors taking the lead?

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Between now and the end of the year, your competitors are going to be focusing their marketing efforts on creating Christmas promotions. Why? To get more customers through their doors, visiting their websites, and most importantly, spending money. They’ll also be thinking about reminding their customers that they are...
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Grow your business with a responsive, mobile friendly, website

Responsive websites are viewed comfortably on any device available. Users of these websites should not need to resize or pan in order to make sense of the content they view. The need for scrolling should also be reasonable for such a website. Many organisations serve entirely different versions of their websites to users using mobile devices and desktop computers. Why go responsive As many people...
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Is your website software up to date? If not you could be opening your business to a world of risk

Firstly, it's important to understand that the reason hackers and cyber criminals want to exploit vulnerabilities in content management systems (CMS) and websites isn't necessarily just to steal all your user account, contact form, and other data, but also to infect your website visitors and users with malware.  Once the unsuspecting user is...
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