WordPress buys Tumblr for “less than $3m”, down from $1.1b in 2013

Sarah Krouse reports that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is buying Tumblr from Verizon. WordPress is the software reportedly powering a third of the world's websites and was itself originally focused on blogging. Tumblr was (and still is for the most part) the blogging service of choice for millions of young people, but floundered after being sold to AOL Yahoo and subsequently...
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Redirect Old Domain to New Domain via .htaccess

When you migrate a site from one domain to another, it is very important that you don’t break all the links that you built to your old domain. Proper redirection of all the pages on the old domain to the same location on the new domain will ensure that visitors to the old domain will end up in the right place.  A failure to redirect will result in a loss of visitors as well as search engine...
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Is your website homepage leaky?

They say you should never judge a book by its cover but sometimes you just can’t help it, right? When it comes to your website’s home page, you should judge away because you’re likely missing out on a large number of leads and sales. After all, your home page is most often the first web page someone engages with. The majority of your inbound home page traffic is coming from and to here. It...
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Leading by example, some SEO & design changes to our blog

You may have noticed if you're a regular visitor to the O'Brien Media Insider blog, that we've made some minor changes. All in the name of SEO (search engine optimisation) and usability. As some background, Google hates duplicate content, and while they make allowances for some duplicate content that is a natural byproduct of blogging it's best to keep duplicates to a minimum‏. No more blog...
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Apple Reveals New Emojis for World Emoji Day 2019 ⭐🎉

Apple has shown its new emoji collection for 2019 for the first time, in celebration of World Emoji Day. Approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, the 2019 updates include a number of popular additions such as a flamingo, waffle, and sari. In keeping with the focus on greater human representation within the emoji set, this year also sees people in wheelchairs, with a cane, or...
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The ICO has published updated guidance on the use of cookies and similar technologies

On 3 July 2019, the ICO published its updated guidance on the use of cookies and similar technologies. This came shortly after it updated the cookie consent collection mechanism on its own website. Much of the guidance is unsurprising and reflects what companies already do in practice. However, other parts of the guidance are likely to require many organisations to make changes to their current...
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A fun and successful day at the Southwest Business Expo

At the last minute, well, a week before the event, we decided to exhibit at the Southwest Business Expo at the Steam Museum, Swindon. The event was a great success, we spoke with a whole host of different people representing a diverse range of businesses in Wiltshire and further afield. This was the first event we've exhibited at and although I took way too much promotional material with me it...
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We’ll be at stand 105 at the Southwest Business Expo on 4th July, see you there?

We like last minute decisions and so with less than a week to go before the event we've decided that we'll be exhibiting at Southwest Business Expo, Swindon - stand 105, just before you reach the entrance  - and would love to meet you there on the 4th July (this coming Thursday) between 10am and 3pm at Steam Museum (Steam Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2TA) Date And Time Thu, 4 July 2019...
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Twitter is removing support for precise geotagging – because no one uses it

Twitter is going to stop letting you add a precise geotag to your tweets, because there isn’t enough demand for the feature. In a tweet, the company’s support account said that it was removing the feature “to simplify your Tweeting experience.” However, you’ll still be able to tag the precise location of your photographs, and TechCrunch notes that you’ll also still be able to add...
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Is your website suffering from Mobile-Unfriendliness?

It’s remarkable to see in 2019, but many websites still seem to treat mobile visitors almost as an afterthought. It’s still not uncommon to find a mobile site where items are misaligned, overlapping, formatted strangely or subject to some other oversight from the designer, all of which can signal to a visitor that your company doesn’t take the time to go over little details. It’s worth...
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