GDPR tools arrive in WordPress 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 was released last Thursday (17th May). It’s a bit different from a standard minor release, as it contains new features – primarily to address some of the requirements of the GDPR. Here are the key points: Privacy Policy Page There’s a tool that allows you to designate a privacy policy page (see Settings -> Privacy). This page is then shown on your login & registration pages (really relevant…

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GDPR update – some specifics

There are a few things which have cropped up in various places since I wrote my article on GDPR, so thought a blog post was due…   Google Analytics If you have a Google Analytics account, you may well have received a couple of emails recently relating to GDPR. Some of you have asked me what action you need to take. Here’s a summary: Email 1: “Important updates on Google…

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Getting ready for Gutenberg

Big changes are afoot! For those of you who haven’t already heard – a new WordPress content editor and publishing experience is being built, due for initial release in WordPress 5.0 (apparently anytime from April onwards). The project has been named Gutenberg, after the man who introduced the printing press way back in the 1400’s. Why? The current WordPress content editor is a big blank box. It’s lovely for writing a…

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GDPR for WordPress Websites

As promised, I have just published a guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), specifically as it relates to WordPress websites. This is definitely not an exhaustive guide, and is based very much around the kind of websites that I build for my clients. It should however be a good starting point for anyone who is trying to ensure they are compliant with GDPR come next May. Read GDPR…

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Privacy is getting serious with GDPR

You will likely already have heard about the new privacy regulations coming into force next May. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be in force from 25th May 2018, and has huge implications for businesses small and large. I am in the process of pulling together some guidelines for clients as to how this impacts business websites. At a very broad level, the key questions that we need to…

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A new website for Hexagon

About time too… finally I’ve had the time over the last few weeks to re-do Hexagon’s own branding and website. I took the opportunity to use CSS Grids for the first time – this feature landed in the main browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Edge) this year, so it’s starting to become a viable solution for layouts. It does however mean some fallback CSS is required to ensure a graceful…

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Surveys, text notifications, online payments… taking a look at Gravity Forms add-ons

For those that haven’t yet come across it, Gravity Forms is a WordPress plugin that let’s you easily add forms to your website.  The form on my contact page is created using Gravity Forms. It’s pretty useful in it’s own right – just as a contact form.  But I thought it might be useful to highlight some of the more exciting things that you can do with the help of…

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New resource – high quality photos for free

A new (to me at least) photo resource popped up just recently… Unsplash http://unsplash.com/ – 10 new high resolution, creative commons photos every 10 days; free to use commercially.  You might find it easier to browse through the archive.  Thanks to Alison Thompson for sharing this one. Also – Getty Images – Embed Tool (Non Commercial Use only) Getty have released 35 million images for use through their Embed tool…

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Where are you now & what does success look like?

This post is Step 2 of my series of blog posts, ‘Running a successful website in the real world’.  Click here for more information. The purpose of this post is to gain some idea of what your website is achieving for you at the moment, and working out what success looks like – it simply means that you’ve then got some measure of how the time you are investing in…

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