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What’s new in WordPress 4.7?

The latest version of WordPress, WordPress 4.7,  named “Vaughan” after the legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, was released in December and is  available for download or automatic update through your WordPress dashboard.

This version of WordPress will be of most interest to web developers, but there are some benefits for those who want to self-build a website without too much technical knowledge.

Version 4.7 does not contain security patches, but it is always wise to keep up to date with the latest version of your website’s software as it is released – so update as soon as possible.

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7 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Website Secure

Increasingly websites belonging to all types of business are targetted by hackers. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that only big corporate websites attract visitors with malicious intent.

Whilst attacks on big companies (such as the DoS  attack on the BBC and the Irish National Lottery in September this year) make the news, anyone who owns a website with a content management system (CMS) that allows online login, could be a target for hackers.

If you are a website owner, here are 7 things you can easily do to protect your site:

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Super-quick way to generate a Wordcloud

Word clouds are useful for presentations and are great to emphasise important words in a graphical manner, making them more memorable. They are also particularly effective for drawing attention to social media posts.

The simplest way to create them is to use a word cloud generator. Here’s our favourite, easy to use word generator:

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Read Receipts on Twitter DMs – how to turn them off

A new feature in Twitter, from September 2016, is read receipts.

Just as with iPhone Messages and Facebook Messenger, you can now see who has read your Twitter Direct Messages even if they have not replied.

Now I don’t know about you, but that’s not a feature I’m jumping for joy about! So here’s how to switch it off…

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How to ensure your Facebook Business Page shows when a visitor is not logged in

A Facebook newbie asked us how to make sure that their Facebook Business Page didn’t give an error message when visitors followed the link from an icon on their website.

Because they hadn’t changed the default Facebook settings, visitors following the link were getting a message saying “Sorry, this content isn’t available at the moment”.

Now that’s rather like inviting visitors and then slamming the door in their face, leaving them to knock to gain entry. Anyone who is not logged in or doesn’t have a Facebook account, won’t be able to see any content to tempt them to explore further.

Seems like a quick blog post would provide the simple solution!

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26 Things to think about when planning your first website [Infographic]

If you are a new business considering your first website, here are 26 crucial things to consider before you dive in and order the site.

Rule #1 is definitely – Don’t just rush ahead and buy the first domain name you think of, with the cheapest hosting company you can find. Take advice from the experts.

Find a good web designer and they will be able to offer advice on all the aspects of planning a website to give you the best online presence to suit the needs of your company.

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Creating a Great Local Landing Page [Infographic]

When taking an advert in a newspaper or magazine and giving your website address, it’s best to create a specific landing page  for visitors on your site which refects the advert you’ve placed.

Creating a specific locally-branded landing page for each advert you place in local magazines is particularly effective.

Here are some great ideas for creating a landing page layout which will get vistors rushing to buy from you!

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Avoid YouTube Suggested Videos on your Website

Creating videos can be very effective way to promote your business. Repeated studies have shown that websites and blogs with videos are likely to get more hits. Videos are also highly linkable and so visitors are more likely to share them. Uploading your videos to YouTube is a great idea since YouTube is also used as a very popular search engine.

It’s really simple to then embed the video onto your own website so it plays from within your page. But BEWARE! If you are not careful, when your video ends, visitors may be offered totally unrelated videos to watch next.

Are your visitors watching funny cat videos on your website?

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