On Tuesday (December 8th), WordPress 5.6 was released. This release is called Simone after legendary performer Nina Simone. Similar to 5.4 and 5.5, enhancements to the block editor seem to be the major improvements of this release with the end user having much more flexibility around page layouts with having to write code. There are also lots of goodies for us tech nerds around API integration, PHP 8 & jQuery.
This release was brought us to by an-all woman squad – which is also a first for WordPress.
Today we’re delighted to launch our new logo which is a revamped version of our old logo. The logo also features our new slogan
“Making The Web Work For You”
However this is more than a slogan, this is our purpose. But what does it mean?
Last night the Irish government announced that the country would be moving to level 5 of the ‘Plan For Living with COVID-19’ framework. This is effectively another nationwide lockdown and will come as devastating news to some people and businesses.
This is a very serious time for many Irish businesses and we understand that some will not recover and live to see a brighter day. For other businesses however, there is an opportunity to turn a perceived negative into a positive. This article will explore this.
Earlier this year, the Local Enterprise Office announced changes to the Online Trading Voucher Scheme that many businesses have availed of. The closing date for these applications was the end of September – it may well open again in the future so with that in mind – below is some advice to those that may look to avail of it should it be re-opened.
Understand the rules
Lets start off with the ground rules of this scheme. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is aimed at small business with up to 10 employees to trade more online. Grants of up to €2,500 are available with 10% co-funding from the business. So essentially for €250 input from your business, you can get work completed to a value of €2750.
The grant can be used to develop a new or upgrade an existing e-commerce website, add online payments or booking systems or develop an app. You must be trading for at least 6 months prior to application to avail of this scheme and you must attend an online trading seminar with your Local Enterprise Office. Your yearly turnover must be less that €2 million.
Note: you may only draw down the grant after the work has been completed and the provider has been paid in full. This is very important to understand before applying.
On Tuesday (August 11th), WordPress 5.5 was released. This release is called Adderley after American singer Billy Eckstine. Improved speed, enhanced search and security seem to be the major enhancements in this release.
Again the block editor has been improved with inline image editing among the main enhancements.
I hope this post finds everybody safe and well.
The last number of weeks have been a very challenging time for many businesses and there has been little in the way of good news. This week the Local Enterprise Office have announced some significant changes to one of their business support schemes that is very good news and we feel worth sharing at this time.
On Tuesday (March 31st), WordPress 5.4 was released. This release is called Adderley after American Jazz musician Nat Adderley. Enhanced page options, improved presentation and speed seem to be the major enhancements in this release.
A number of new Gutenberg blocks are now available – social icons and buttons. Colour enhancements have also been added around gradients in buttons and toolbars. There are also claims of UI improvements and enhanced speed while editing. Version 5.4 also helps with a number of privacy issues also.
These are tough times and an a personal level I hope this message finds you all well. As business owners we’re all expecting certain challenges but nothing could have prepared business across Ireland (and the world) for the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. This is a really testing time for all of us and indeed some businesses may not survive through this, and the ones that do survive will most likely take a hit over the coming months.
One of the most important tasks in my job is to speak to clients in a language that they can understand. We techie nerds need to understand the lingo of how a website runs, we don’t need to overload our clients with too much unnecessary jargon. I thought I’d write a blog to explain some of the buzz words you may hear from web designers.
For a website to be visible on the internet, it must be hosted on a web server. Think of hosting as the process of housing your website on the internet. We have accounts with some of the top hosting companies in Ireland and will look after the hosting for you.
A server can mean 2 things in relation to the web
- A server is the computer on the internet that hosts your website (Windows, Linux etc.)
- A server is the software that runs on a computer that processes requests and responses to your website. Think of it as a container for your website.
If you didn’t have enough reasons to work with us on your next project (proven track record, quality, value for money etc.) here’s one more for you. For the remainder of this month we are offering a free logo design for websites and apps. We will provide you with 3 proof designs and you can select your favourite.
A logo is an important tool in building your brand – it’s far more than just an image on top of your website or on your stationary. Very often your logo is the first thing that your potential customers will see of your business so it absolutely needs to make a strong first impression. It should let your customers know that your business is professional and that your company can be trusted to deliver the products / services required.