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Should the Website Owner be a site administrator?

Should the Website Owner be a site administrator?

I was recently asked, at a networking meeting, whether I thought my clients should have administrator access to their CMS based website. I immediately replied “No”. This is because giving an inexperienced website owner admin rights is just inviting trouble. It is just too easy for them to break the site that I have spent hours, days, or weeks carefully constructing. They don’t mean to, it just happens. Even if they don’t break the site outright, they may unintentionally spoil the carefully thought out design of the site and, in the blink of an eye, change it from a think of beauty that is a pleasure to use, to an ugly nightmare that is no better than the millions of amateur home made sites that spoil the browsing experience every day.

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Sucuri / WordPress security disclosure

I received an email yesterday, from one of my website security partners ‘Sucuri‘, and I felt I should pass the information on. Sucuri announced that they had discovered a severe content injection (privilege escalation) vulnerability affecting the REST API. This vulnerability allows an unauthenticated user to modify the content of any post or page within… Continue Reading

Mind your PC security

Happy New Year to you. I hope that you had an excellent Christmas and are now rested and prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the coming year. I don’t know about you, but I spent the first couple of weeks after the holidays  concentrating on some background tasks in order to start the New… Continue Reading

Blogging in no time

On Tuesday 5th April 2016 I was honoured to substitute for Matthew Baker of Local Link Publishing, publishers of the Caterham Link magazine, at the Caterham chapter of BNI. Here are the notes and a recording of my one minute presentation. Nice to see you all again. I’m Paul Hooper and my company is Route22… Continue Reading

Content for Search Engine Optimisation

Content for Search Engine Optimisation

Almost every client I talk to about websites asks me what I will do about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). And almost every one of them takes no notice of my response. Search Engines like Google,  search and index text. They decide mainly on the basis of words whether or not your site will rank in their… Continue Reading

Windows 10

Having taken a deep breath and clicked the little white Windows symbol that had appeared near the clock in the bottom right of my screen, I expected this to initiate the upgrade, but I just got back a message telling me I’d be informed when the upgrade was ready. After 3-4 days, I received a message to say this was now the case. So I clicked the button to start the upgrade. Continue Reading

WordPress Development Spectrum

WordPress Development Spectrum

WordPress originated is a blogging tool for non-technical users but it has since grown into a powerful content management system (CMS) and website development tool. This article sets out to describe, very briefly and simply, the full spectrum of levels of involvement for website owners and web developers in the creation of a WordPress website.by… Continue Reading

Content First Web Design

My one minute talk, given at CRX meeting on 28th November 2014 listen to ‘Content first Web design’ on audioBoom When I begin a web project, it is common for my client to want to discuss the design of the site: colours, logos, layout, etc. But, from a business perspective, the most important thing is not the design but the content: the… Continue Reading

This is excellent news!

For many months CryptoLocker has been a major and very frightening threat to everyone using email. Merely opening an attachment could cause all of you files to become encrypted, and your only way out would be to use your credit card (or bitcoins) to pay the criminal who did this to you, in the hope… Continue Reading

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