News & Alerts

Understanding how to use this site

I have added a page under the main menu that shows you how to use this site. There are currently over 200 news/ self help/ information items on the site with hints and tips and 34 fixed pages. I realised that some of you visiting here may not be aware they are there because they cannot be located directly through the main menu.

They are news posts that are accessed through the news and alerts page. Each is categorised according to the content in the page and it’s relevance.

To help you get as much information as possible from the information on this site please see this page for more an explanation of how the site works. How to use this site. 

For clients of Wingrove-Media

If you have recently been working with me, and I have developed a site for you, or I am hosting your site you can sign up to a monthly newsletter using the form below:

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Please note that if you are not recognised as a client you will not be added to the mailing list. Most general articles on this site are freely available to everyone, I have made this available in the same spirit of many other developers who wish to help people, if only in thanks to those that have helped me in the past when I first started. The purpose of the content in this site is primarily targeted at my client base who have a specific implementation or are using specific services to support their website and email. 

Please check the sidebar for a list of articles, or search the site for something using the methods described in the sidebar. There is a category cloud in the side bar which is used to categorise posts. You can use this to narrow down your search.

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Mainly for the benefit of new users

How to quickly update your website

This item is largely for the benefit of new users to WordPress and the systems I have put together.  This assumes you are using a Divi based system. If you don’t know what that is, you probably are not using a website based on the Divi template. The steps are broadly the same for any system. But on the later Divi sites I have configured them to work in a specific way with a featured image.

Basics

Your site comprises fixed or page based content, this tends to remain static and can be located directly through the menu. This is the main part of your website. It tells the world; who you are and what you do in a generic sense.

There is another form of content called a Post. Posts are handled slightly differently. They tend to be transient in that they are time based, with the most recent being prominent and visible on your site, and the oldest buried in an old blog page in your site. However both are still in your site and can be located.  Continue reading Mainly for the benefit of new users

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Emerging GDPR

Chances are this affects your organisation

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, which will become law in May of this year. It tightens up on existing Data Protectionregulations. It does have implications for everyone on the web, but it also extends to your back office systems (so beyond your website and email systems and our relationship) where you have recorded in any form; personal information.

Right now I have not read it all. I will return with some recommendations or things to think about in late Feb or early March. In terms of your websites, there may be things you need to do. For any CRM (Customer Relationship Management System) or any database or method for recording personal information, you will be affected. So do not ignore it.

Information Commisioner Office

You can start by going to this link and reading the material there: ICO GDPR.

Online learning course

A colleague has also pointed out that there is a self guided course available for free which takes around 3hrs. I have not looked at this yet, but do check it out. Go to Future Learn.   I have not validated either of these yet. Do not pay anyone any money just in case there is a solicitation for money (unless you wish to). Guidance on the regulations should be available from multiple sources for free. I suspect that there will be a lot of FUD as well (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) peddled by some consultants seeking to help you for a fee. So do take care. Continue reading Emerging GDPR

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Nominet Messages

The following is applicable if you have a domain ending in .co.uk, .org.uk or .uk

Nominet are the issuing authority that manage any domain names ending in .uk. In the 7 years I have been working with Charities and not for profit groups, I have needed to contact them twice, once being a difficult case where the registrant of a domain name had passed away. The organisation represented by the domain name needed to regain control. They are very helpful, but have been largely a passive organisation; there when you need them.

I had an instance this week, which was unusual and it raises a lot of questions, none of which have been answered. However I think it is worth raising to your attention because if your domain name is registered against your email address, and they contact you and you fail to respond, or miss the mail, or ignore it, then you risk your website and email being taken offline.  Continue reading Nominet Messages

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Webmail…..

… is not JUST webmail

I thought I would make some comments here following some conversations I have had recently with people. There may be some misunderstandings.

Multiple 10GB mail boxes

If you are using the mail accounts provided with the hosting, the mail boxes are each 10GB in size. While you can access them through this address: https://stackmail.com you can also access them through ANY device with a mail client (aka mail program).

I personally access my mail account on the following devices:

iPhone, iPad (using the native email application), Macbook using Mac mail, iMac using Mac mail, Windows 7 desktop running Outlook & Thunderbird, Windows 10 laptop running Outlook and on any of those devices I can also use a browser to get to webmail. I also run my accounts as IMAP. This means on each device, I get the same view of my mail including any special folders I have set up. This is because I am viewing mail on the server, and not locally. If I was set up as POP3 on my clients, then the server is only used as temporary storage for mail.  Continue reading Webmail…..

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Elegant Themes Divi Documentation

I have just been alerted to a comprehensive set of videos and other online resources which have just been released by Elegant Themes (the people who develop the Divi WordPress Theme).

If your site is based on Divi (if you don’t know it probably isn’t, but check with me), you can access these tutorials to learn about how you can get the most out of your website. Do bear in mind, I have not seen them all, or used all of the whistles and bells in this template, so there are bound to be things in here, I have not used.

The link to the document is here: https://www.elegantthemes.com/documentation/divi/

Update 19/01/18

New set of comprehensive help direct from Elegant Themes for Divi users can be located through here: Divi Helper Announcement this includes access to 70 videos.

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More on Divi

As you must be aware now, the majority of sites I have built over the past 15 months have been based on the Divi Template by Elegant Themes. This template continues to be developed by the author and his team and continues to offer some key differentiation from the more standard templates seen in WordPress.https://wingrove-services.co.uk/more-on-divi/

It takes a little getting used to if you formerly used a template such as TwentyTen, TwentyEleven, TwentyTwelve or TwentyFourteen (standard WordPress templates I used a few years ago). But it continues to be the most powerful and visually interesting templates I have come across.

Here are the latest sites I have released over the past month

Flittabus

Continue reading More on Divi

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I have a website what now?

This is a reminder to everyone that has recently joined us, and for those of you who joined some time ago and would like more traffic.

Please check out this page. It is directly accessible from the menu, but it includes a summary of what I do when your site is release, and what you need to do. If you have conducted a Google Search for your entity name and it is not coming up on page one, check this page first. Post Launch Things To Do and make sure you have checked it.

If you are still not coming up on page one of Google, let me know and I will investigate.

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Problems with Webmail?

Over the last 4-6 weeks a few people have reported seeing an error reported by webmail. The hosting company has reviewed this some weeks back now and made changes, and now it happens less frequently. If you see any error messages while accessing website (or anywhere else) please take a screenshot (press the print screen button) and paste the screenshot into a word document, or an image file. Send it to me with the following information:

  • The time it occurred. (very important)
  • What you were doing
  • What the IP address of your computer is. You can find this out by googling “what is my IP”

Continue reading Problems with Webmail?

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Low cost site upgrades are still available

Offer Expires in 30 days.

It is the season of goodwill, and I am providing site upgrades to Home-Start and NACCC child contact sites for the next 30 days at a very low cost, so please be quick if you are thinking about this.

To qualify, your site needs to already be in my hosting. If it is based on the original Home-start Lite or Child Contact Centre Lite sites comprising 13 pages the cost is £120. If there are some additional customisations in your site with additional pages then the costs are slightly higher. 14-18 pages £160, 19-23 pages £200.

This is particularly important to users of sites that are not mobile friendly. Google can reduce your rating in searches if you are not considered to be a mobile friendly site. Continue reading Low cost site upgrades are still available

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