Word blacklists, censorship, and Google Shopping

Posted by on 27 Feb 2018 in All Articles, Search Engine Optimisation, Technology News | 0 comments

As of recently, Google have ‘broken’ Google Shopping. It appears they have set up a blacklist of words which cannot be used in searches. The problem is commonly called the Scunthorpe Problem. This is where certain words or phrases are caught by a spam filter or search engine because the words used contains a string of letters which have been deemed to be unfit to be used. As can be seen with with the words Scunthorpe, Shitake...

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UK Gov sites hijacked by Cryptominer, and Subresource Integrity

Posted by on 12 Feb 2018 in All Articles, frag.co.uk News, Security, Skills and Learning, Technical Guides, Technology News | 0 comments

Over the weekend, thousands of websites around the world, including the UK’s NHS and ICO and the US Government Court system, were compromised, and caused visitors to mine crypto-coins – generating money for the miscreants. These sites were using a popular plugin called Browsealoud. Their support software “adds speech, reading, and translation to websites facilitating access and participation for people with Dyslexia, Low...

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State of the Web – Autoplaying Audio and Video

Posted by on 3 Jan 2018 in All Articles, Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, Skills and Learning, Technical Guides, Technology News | 0 comments

It’s an ongoing debate – users do not like videos to autoplay (apart from YouTube), and designers want their website to feature their video and audio immediately on visiting the page. In the distant past, this has often been ‘solved’ by using Adobe Flash to play videos. Browsers soon caught up to this madness, and added ‘click to play’, forcing users to click to view Adobe Flash players. Since the replacement...

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Which Payment Gateway

Posted by on 2 Dec 2017 in All Articles, Marketing, Skills and Learning, Technical Guides, Technology News | 0 comments

Often, the choice of which payment provider to use is a case of which offers the lowest cost, or which offers the functionality that’s required for your business. Once past these limitations, many payment providers are the same; offering either an on-page or external redirection site to take payment, and returning a secure callback to verify that payment has been taken. Some of the best payment providers are simply because of their new...

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WordPress 4.9 – “Tipton”

Posted by on 19 Nov 2017 in All Articles, Software, Technology News | 0 comments

WordPress 4.9 was released a few days ago, with some new features which are likely to cause panic amongst developers and designers, and provide some fantastic new features to users and administrators. The new version, named “Tipton” in honour of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton, is available for download from the WordPress site, or for update in your WordPress dashboard. WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” WordPress 4.9 now offers a brand-new...

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Plan your Upgrade Process

Posted by on 3 Nov 2017 in All Articles, Search Engine Optimisation, Security, Skills and Learning, Software, Technical Guides | 0 comments

Whilst designing new websites, it’s common to use an off-the-shelf theme as basis for a new site. However, making changes to a theme or plugin can cause problems when it comes to upgrading. When making changes to plugin or theme code, it’s important to be aware that when these plugins or themes are upgraded – your changes will be lost. There are often two very different schools of thought on this. If you’re developing...

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