What you need to know about Google “mobile-first” changes coming in March 2021

Google have confirmed that from March 2021 they will definitely be using ‘mobile-first indexing’ after pushing forward the deadline from September 2020. This blog post will tell you all the key things you need to know about this change. What is mobile first indexing? This is where Google will predominantly use the mobile version for indexing and ranking of content. This is compared to...
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Read about how Vocavio, Coffee Plant, and Responsive Personnel handled 2020

A few weeks ago we asked our customers how they coped during 2020, with lockdowns, confusing guidelines, and tough trading conditions. Here are the stories of the three customers who have got in touch so far about their experiences, Vocavio, Coffee Plant, and Responsive Personnel. You can read about their stories using the article links below: We're still in the process of creating more blog...
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We take our security responsibilities to you and your business seriously

Our professional web design team not only has over 15 years of experience developing websites and digital marketing solutions for small businesses and multi-nationals we're also registered with various professional bodies and follow best practices when it comes to data security and safety. We don't just enter the safety of the data we hold about you, but also the data you hold about your...
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We are here for you throughout the 3rd Lockdown for the UK

With Coronavirus having now triggered a Level 5 alert, and a national lockdown being in place in all four nations of the UK we want to reiterate what the situation is at O'Brien Media to reassure you that we are here for you and your business. In brief We are here for you throughout this global pandemic, and the UK's 3rd lockdown, and will work with you to ensure that your business can continue...
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Weather warning of snow & ice affecting Swindon & the South West

Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces during Monday night, especially where showers move well inland. Elsewhere, most places will see little or no snow, but a slight covering of a centimeter or so is possible in a few places. An Atlantic frontal system looks likely to bring rain into parts of southwestern Britain on Wednesday according to The Met Office. As this moves further east into...
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Best wishes for Christmas 2020 and the year to come

2020 will certainly go down in history as one of those memorable years for decades to come. It has tested us, and for all too many they have had to say goodbye to loved ones as a result of Covid-19. Light is at the end of a long tunnel ahead, and we must all redouble our efforts to keep the virus under control until the vaccination programme has protected the vast majority of us. That said, as we...
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Microsoft, responding to sophisticated cyberattacks

Microsoft is aware of a sophisticated supply chain attack that has targeted a variety of victims over the past year. The attack utilizes malicious SolarWinds files that possibly gave cybercriminals access to some victims’ networks. Microsoft cybersecurity experts are investigating the attack to help ensure that Microsoft customers are as secure as possible. Microsoft has commented "Microsoft is...
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Cybercrime: Keep your money safe when shopping online

As part of National Consumer Week and International Fraud Awareness Week, we want to remind our customers and readers of some of the issues of shopping online and what can be done to limit the risks. Many people might be looking to get themselves prepared ahead of the festive period by shopping for gifts online. As people are again furloughed and usual socialising is curtailed for now, some may...
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Second Lockdown: What are the new rules from 5th November 2020?

New lockdown rules were introduced in England from just after midnight last night (Thursday 5th November 20202). Pubs, restaurants, gyms, and non-essential shops will close for four weeks. These new measures are intended to reduce the growth rate of COVID-19, protect the NHS and ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work. It’s up to all of us to play our part to avoid...
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We’re here to help you & your business through lockdown

With the first day of this new national lockdown (5th November 2020) upon us, I wanted to let you know that, as during the previous lockdown, we will be here to help you and your business, club, or other organisation through these difficult times. If you haven’t already updated your website to provide information to your customers, members, or visitors then we can help you do this – either as...
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