Weeknotes Week 2

Posted on September 14, 2018

Its been a busy week this week, I've mostly been transferring websites from one server to another after I was approached to help out an IT company who's current web host was closing down, so far I've transferred over 200gb (Thank god for unlimited internet), and there is still more to move. between doing that I've delivered more Tech and Teas, which resulted is some very nice feedback from one of the learners. https://twitter.com/p0welly/s...

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Weeknotes week 1

Posted on September 7, 2018

You may have seen people using the #Weeknotes hashtag and wondered what it was all about, well it turns out its to encourage people to blog about their working week, something I always intend to do... but never get round to it.  By tagging the interesting things you do throughout the week it makes it easy to refer back and gives your blog post a kick start. So here goes, #Weeknotes 1 https://twitter.com/p0welly/status/103581441684613529...

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Taking ownership of a Google Maps API project

Posted on August 29, 2018

In order to use Google Maps as part of a website or app it uses a system called an API, this allows your project to talk to Google and generate a bespoke map. Each time you do this a tiny amount is charged to your account and at the end of the month you are billed. Google gives each user $200 of free credit each month which for many users is more than enough so they never end up paying anything at all, however in order to get this free credit ...

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Free money with Top CashBack

Posted on August 27, 2018

I do quite a lot of work around digital skills, training people who if given the choice would probably never touch a computer in their lives, but these days we don't really have a choice. Everything is going online, from benefits to bin collections and everything in between. I've always preferred the carrot to the stick so I try where ever possible to encourage people to want to be online, rather than feeling they have to do it. One way I do ...

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Scheduling backups with Updraft Plus

Posted on August 13, 2018

It's important that you regularly backup your WordPress website and while its easy to manually back up your site its also easy to forget. Its best to set up an automated regular back up so you don't have to worry about it. Here we are using the UpdraftPlus plugin. 1 . Go to [Settings] and [UpdraftPlus Backups] and select the settings tab. 2. Choose how frequently you wish to back up your site, the database contains content and comments ...

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Backing up WordPress

Posted on August 13, 2018

1. Go into [Dashboard]  [plugins] and install and activate UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin, if you do not know how to install plugins take a look at this blog post first. 2. Once installed go to [Settings] [UpdraftPlus Backups] 3.  To run an adhoc back up click [Backup Now], This is useful if you are about to make changes or run updates on your site. 4.  On the popup window that appears make sure the first two boxes "include ...

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What is Gutenberg?

Posted on August 5, 2018

If you have updated WordPress recently  you will no doubt have seen a notice about Gutenberg the new editor coming from WordPress. It is currently in beta and can be accessed by installing a plugin, but will eventually become the default. So what does it do? well as you know I'm a big fan of page builders like Divi from Elegant Themes, Page builders like Divi allow the end user much more control over their website, changed that would ...

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GDPR compliant email sign up with MailChimp and Gravity Forms

Posted on July 30, 2018

1 . Go to [Forms] [Add-Ons] and install the MailChimp Add-On 2. In your MailChimp account go to [Account] [Extras] and then [API Keys] 3. Click [Create A Key] to generate an API Key and copy it to your clip board. 4. Back in your website go to [Forms] [Settings] [Mailchimp]  and add your API Key, then click Update Settings. 5. In your form, if you haven't already done so add an email field, and then directly under that add ...

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Why you need https (a green padlock)

Posted on July 25, 2018

Hi, You are probably here because I have told you that you need https (The little green padlock) on your website, Traditionally it was just something we expected on banking or eCommerce but these days there is not really any excuse, It protects you, your customers, the internet, helps with your SEO, gives your visitors confidence and most imporatant its FREE! Anyway Troy Hunt explains why you need it far better than I can. https://www.y...

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I will directly come to the point. I do know ********** is your pass word.

Posted on July 17, 2018

A client of mine has just received the following email, the asterisks hide a genuine password that the client used and the bitcoin address of the scumbag who sent the email. I will directly come to the point. I do know ********** is your pass word. Moreover, I know your secret and I have proof of your secret. You don't know me personally and nobody employed me to check out you. It's just your misfortune that I came across your ...

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