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WordPress
Chris Grant

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 may need to follow additional steps from the plugin developer.

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Gutenberg
Tom Furmanski

WordPress 5.0 Pushed Back Further … again

A little while ago, the WordPress core development team pushed the expected WordPress 5.0 release date from November 19 to November 27. Well, as the fact that there’s still no WordPress 5.0 indicates, that release date has been pushed back again – to when we don’t yet know.

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Black Friday
Chris Grant

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.

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Email
Chris Grant

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 that send you these details know that email marketing is still as powerful and effective today as it was 10-20 years ago.

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GDPR
Chris Grant

New ICO GDPR guidance: Passwords and encryption in online services and websites

The latest guidence from the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) could be relevent to anyone operating a website that allows users to log in, whether it’s staff, volunteers, customers, or the general public. Although the GDPR does not say anything specific about passwords, you are required to process personal data securely by means of appropriate technical and organisational measures.

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Chris Grant

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in Bitcoin blackmail scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims’ password to install spying malware on the victims’ computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts.

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Gutenberg
Chris Grant

WordPress 5.0 due for release on Nov 19th (what to do to prepare)

WordPress 5.0 is still software in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site, but it’s advisable to test your site with the new version to make sure there are no issues and to allow time to fix anything that does go wrong. Please contact us if you need your website tested with WordPress 5 and we’ll be happy to take a look and provide an estimate for testing.

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