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    Why does a WordPress website require maintenance?

    Content management systems make managing our websites and their content much easier. These content management systems are continuously updated to add new features, make them faster, remove bugs and improve security when vulnerabilities are found. By maintaining your WordPress website and its plugins updated you remove known vulnerabilities which make it harder for people to…

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    12 Simple Steps to Bulletproof WordPress Backups

    Blog Audio: Read/listen time: 22 minutes I think you’ll agree with me when I say: It’s very hard to have 100% confidence in your wordpress backups. To know absolutely that if anything goes wrong, at any time, that your safe. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This guide gives you 12 simple steps…

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    How often should you update your website?

    Are you unsure about how frequently you should maintain your website? The simple answer is that the more frequent you can backup and update your website the better. However, I know that you don’t have unlimited time and that your business has other priorities, which is the first argument for outsourcing your website maintenance. Not…

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    How grooming your pets can keep your website healthy

    A recent visit to a prospective client, a dog sanctuary, gave me a valuable insight into the hard work that this particular organisation do to look after dogs that need rehoming. The situation this client found themselves in resonated with me because I love pets. I have 2 dogs in the office right now,  Charlie…

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    Your website has gone live. What happens now?

    Fantastic, you have collaborated with your appointed web designer (possibly even us), created your content and your site has gone live and is viewable by the public. What happens now? The next steps will depend on what services you paid your web designer (or another third party) to carry out on your behalf but the…

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    Important – WordPress maintenance frequency

    On the other hand, this means that websites which have infrequent updates schedules or where there is no website maintenance plan in place remain vulnerable for longer.The longer a website remains without being updated the higher the threat of it being hacked, defaced, damaged or deleted. Whenever we feel there is a sustained change in…

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    Social Media “The Good and the Bad”

    Summary This document is not a guide as such, but a discussion about social networking, its obvious benefits and it’s not so obvious pitfalls. Hopefully, this document will assist you in deciding which social media to use for your business or perhaps whether or not to use it at all. So, somehow you missed the…

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    How to employ a web designer and achieve success

    Blog Audio: Read/listen time: 11.5 minutes Summary Finding a good web designer, developer or a competent person to maintain your website can be a difficult task. This guide contains advice which will help reduce the chance of you employing the services of an unreputable company or freelancer who isn’t up to the job. Together we…

  • No website? Small budget? Get a quick start!

    Starting your own business is an exciting time, but one fraught with time consuming tasks and budget restrictions. When starting out, if you are to gain the trust of new clients it is of paramount importance to have: A working, branded (ie not google, yahoo or other ‘free’ provider) email address An online website with…

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    10 Reasons Why Academic Sites Should Use Social Media

    Blog Audio: Read/listen time: 8 minutes Summary Your school, college or university probably already has a website and possibly a social media policy and an on-staff web designer to help you. Or, alternatively and more likely if you are reading this, you are part of a project affiliated with a larger academic institution or perhaps…