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Prestashop: The Changing of the URL

We all know the feeling. Whether it’s hosting or trousers, the time comes when you know you have to make a change. If your trousers are too tight you can try eating less or, heaven forfend, admit defeat and move into a bigger pair. Hosting, similar: if your site attracts lots of visitors there is only a certain distance that slimming down by optimising the settings will take you. Sometimes you just need a host with a bit more to offer.

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Security Metrics - Fail!

So you want to take payments on your website? But you don’t want to hand over payment collection to PayPal or Stripe? You really want the responsibility of handling people’s credit card details? I’d strongly advise against it, but if you really must, read on… PCI Compliance All people handling card payments mus be PCI compliant. The full term is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). PCI DSS is an information security standard for organizations that handle branded credit cards.

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Wordpress 5 Already!

There are few items of news more likely to send a non-technical audience to sleep than the announcement that some piece of software has been released with a new number. Are you feeling drowsy now? That’s because WordPress 4 is giving way to WordPress 5. What’s New? There are the usual bug-fixes and security updates. As one would hope. The big thing for the WordPress 5 series is the new editor, Gutenberg.

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Prestashop: Optimise Admin Performance

Prestashop is great. Prestashop is brilliant. I’d thoroughly recommend anyone contemplating an eCommerce venture to consider basing it on Prestashop. Having said that, like all software it has bits that could be better: foibles, quirks, call them what you will. A little tweaking here and there can help keep the Prestashop experience in the realms of the stellar and superlative Two tips follow. Disable this module: Merchant Expertise This is a so-called gamification module that is supposed to make your online retailing experience fun.

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Blackmail

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. “I know what you’ve been up to. Leave £50 in used notes in a plain brown paper envelope behind the pipes in the men’s cloakroom on Shrewsbury station and we’ll say no more about it. If you don’t then I’ll tell all your friends and colleagues just what you’ve been doing.” Here’s an email I got recently, apparently from M****lle D***s (aussie********@yahoo.

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SEO: Slash and 301 Redirect

Even when you think you’ve got everything covered it always pays to keep a check on your Webmaster Tools. Sometimes you can gain a surprising insight into how things are going, or not. An interesting feature in the new Google Search Console (beta) under Index coverage allows you to see, amongst other information, Excluded Pages. A recent visit to Google Wemaster Tools threw up the fact that Jewelion.com had 22 excluded pages!

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Sky Guitars (intro)

Around about the beginning of June I received a phone call asking if I could help complete a website for someone who is selling guitars online. Naturally I was intrigued and arranged a meeting at the earliest opportunity. That person turned out to be Uli Jon Roth. Sky Guitars is the website I have helped him create. A project with a difference. Unusually for me I came into the project part way through its gestation, so a number of aspects were already fixed.

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Perl - a couple of lessons

Perl eh, who remembers that? Who even knows what it is? Outside of a few devotees, I’m not sure many people are aware of its existence or its purpose. Nor of what a great little (scripting) language it is for all sorts text processing applications. “All sorts of text processing applications.” What a way to lose an audience! Two paragraphs in and most have already left. If you’re still reading then I thank you.

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Chrome browser prefers SSL

Google’s browser is to issue security warnings on non SSL sites. It’s for our own good and we’ll have to jolly well get used to it and learn to be grateful. Google are only doing this because they love us and they know what’s best. At least that’s how I read this latest innovation designed to educate and inform our browsing habits But surely secure browsing is a good thing?

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Updating Prestashop - Some Handy Hints

If you’ve read any of my previous outpourings you’ll have noticed the constant refrain of “Update early, update often.” Especially with web facing software. Out there on the Internet an army of malicious beings waits to exploit a chink in your armour for their own nefarious purposes. Whether to spread smut, viruses or to drain the bank accounts of innocents, it’s a rough world out there. The teeming mass of malefactors will not hesitate to take advantage.

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