O'Brien Media blog

WordPress 4.8 – An Update with You in Mind

WordPress 4.8, released on the 8th June, has some great new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.

If you need a hand we can upgrade your WordPress website for you with our cost effective WordPress upgrade service. Contact us for more details.

Drupal 7.56 and Drupal 8.3.4 – Security updates now available

Security releases for Drupal (Drupal 8 version 8.3.4 and Drupal 7 version 7.56) which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities are now available and it's advisable 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.

Files that have been uploaded by an anonymous user but not permanently attached to content on the site should only be visible to the anonymous user that uploaded them, rather than all anonymous users. Drupal core did not previously provide this protection, allowing an access bypass vulnerability to occur. This can result in files uploaded to your website being publicly accessible. 

The Drupal security team has received reports that this vulnerability is being exploited for spam purposes, similar to the scenario discussed in PSA-2016-003 for the public file system. This could result in your website being used to host images and malicious software that would be damaging to not only visitor computers but also to business reputation and search engine ranking.

We can upgrade your Drupal website for you with our cost effective Drupal upgrade service. Contact us for more details or if you're an O'Brien Media website hosting customer you can view your Drupal version information and request an upgrade via Client Connect, just log in and access the "My products" section for more information. 

Webmail is getting a fresh new mobile-friendly look and some great new features

In the early hours of Saturday 17th June we'll be performing an upgrade to our Webmail system. We're upgrading to the latest version of Roundcube Webmail, which powers our system, and have been working over the past month to ensure that our address book and task list enhancements will work correctly after the upgrade. 

Following a final round of testing we're ready to go live with a fresh new look, including full support for smartphones and tablets so that you can easily access Webmail while you're away from your desk.

We've also added some additional features including a set of sidebar widgets that enable you to view local weather information and add RSS feeds from popular news websites, we hope these features will make Webmail more useful for users.

Live Chat app tawk.to can help you increase engagement with your customers and boost leads and sales

If you're looking for a great way to engage with your website visitors then tawk.to should be at the top of your list. tawk.to is a 100% FREE live chat app that lets you monitor and chat with visitors on your website.

  • Gain valuable insight when you monitor your website visitors in real time as they browse your website.
  • Stay connected anywhere, be in touch with your customers from your computer, or your smartphone.
  • Live Chat is convenient for your customers, helping them through pinch points and as a result helping you generate better customer support and achieve higher conversions.

Paper weights (GSM) explained, with examples

When considering your design for your business card, you should also consider what weight of paper you wish your design to be printed on. The weight is important when designing business cards in particular because it gives the design a more sturdy/expensive feel.

You want to set the right impression of your business through your card. Cheap, flimsy business cards may be fine for some people but to stand out you really need to take every opportunity to make your card stand out!