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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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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Broken CSS

Posted on July 11, 2018

Following this tweet I thought I would collate these examples of how the same code (CSS) can render completely differently on different browsers.  A problem people often face when building a website.  While usually its a case of items not lining up or not quite being the same size, these examples show more extreme cases. This demonstrates how important it is to test your website on multiple devices, if you do not have access to the physical ...

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Turn on post revisions

Posted on July 6, 2018

We all make mistakes, but luckily WordPress has our backs. There is a built in backup system that makes a copy of the page or post every time you hit update allowing you to easily revert to a previous version. 1. In order to access the screen options you'll need to change the screen options so you can see it. To do this click the screen options tab in the top right hand corner of any post or page. 2. Tick the Revisions checkbox, if you ...

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Adding Images with Divi

Posted on June 30, 2018

Divi's image module makes it very easy to add images to your WordPress website. 1 . To add an image to your web page click "insert module" and select "Image" or click the 3 lines icon on an existing Image module. 2. Click "Upload and image" 3.  Upload the image using the standard WordPress interface then click "Set as image"  4.  Click "Save & Exit" to insert the image into your web page. 5. Click update to save ...

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