14 Oct 2019

Granting Access to your Google Anaytics Account

There are times when it may be useful to grant a third party access to your Google Analytics account to view your stats or to help your create reports. This is a very simple process.

Step 1 – Login to your Google Analytics account

You can login to your Google Analytics account at https://analytics.google.com/

Step 2 – Select the Admin link

Step 3 – Select User Management

Step 4 – Select the ‘+’ sign, followed by Add Users

Step 5 – Enter the recipient’s Email Address and adjust permissions

26 Sep 2019
09 Jan 2019
23 Mar 2018

Hiring in Plymouth! Junior Web Developer

Junior Web Developer

Type: Full Time (will consider Part Time / Job Share)
Hours: 9am – 5:30pm
Based: Plymouth

Job Description

Our small but incredibly busy web development and hosting business is looking for someone to join our new Plymouth team in a junior capacity to assist with all our day to day technical activities. This varied role will rely heavily on your existing technical skills as well as your ability to learn quickly. You’ll need to bring value to the business from week one and be ambitious like us. We will want to grow your skills quickly and you’ll need to be flexible and quick of mind. You’ll sometimes talk to clients on the phone and occasionally attend meetings, so you’ll need to scrub up OK and be comfortable talking to people.

Tasks include:
  • Assisting with support requests relating to our web hosting and domain services
  • Taking on small web development projects for clients
  • Troubleshooting client problems
  • Assisting with our internal technical projects
  • Technical administration of client accounts
Your current skillset

In order to be able to fit into the team and do this job effectively, you will already need a few essential skills~:

  • A proven interest in working with internet technologies – a college project or personal website for example
  • Ability to use Office applications without effort – you’ll have used Word and Excel or equivalent many times
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent numeracy
  • Track record of commitment to working
  • Staying power

There’s a few other things that would make you perfect for the job. If you have any of these skills on top of the above, you’re definitely the sort of person we’re looking for. You’ll be trained in these anyway, but having them will give you a head start:

  • IT Qualifications at A Level or above
  • WordPress experience
  • Understand of HTML
  • Understand of CSS
  • Understand of PHP
  • Understand of SQL
  • Familiarity with Linux, Apache, FTP and other web server tools

If you’d like to apply for this role, please fill in the form below and attach your CV. We’ll get back to you and arrange an interview if we think you’ll fit the team






Upload your CV

26 Feb 2018

Configure WordPress to use your SSL Certificate

It is recommended that every website uses an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate encrypts data transmitted between the users computer and the website that has the certificate installed. Google will penalise you in search results for not having an SSL certificate, and popular browsers are now presenting users with increasingly stark security warnings when visiting a website that doesn’t use SSL.

Do I already have an SSL certificate?

Have a look in your browser address bar. If the web address begins with https:// rather than http://, you already have a certificare installed. You may additionally see a message from the browser showing the site is secure:

 

 

How do I get an SSL Certificate?

Speak to your webhost who will provide and install the SSL certificate for you. The price will vary, depending on the host and the certificate but for an average site expect to pay between £0 – £100 per annum.

Configure WordPress to use your SSL certificate

Once your webhost has confirmed that the SSL certificate has been instaled, you will need to configure your WordPress website to do this:

1. Update the Site URL and Home URL

Navigate to General > Settings and change your website web address from http:// to https://

This will automatically configure WordPress to use the SSL certificate.

2. Update internal site references

If you use images on pages or posts (rather than featured images), you will need to update the links within the image tags to use https:// too. Doing this manually can be a laborious process so we recommend the Better Search Replace WordPress plugin for this.

  • Backup your database! If you make a mistake, you WILL break your website and recovery may be difficult without a backup.
  • Install better Sarch Replace from the WordPress Repository
  • Navigate to Tootles > Better Seach Replace
  • Search for your existing web address and replace with the new https:// version. We recommend you search in the tables wp_options, wp_posts and wp_postmeta.
  • Turn off the ‘Dry Run’ option
  • Run Search / Replace

In most cases, your website will now show the secure padlock next to your web address. If it is still missing, you may need to search in additional tables. Contact us if you need help with this, and we will configure your webite to use SSL for a small fee.

20 Dec 2017

Christmas Opening 2017

Another year over and it’s been a busy one here. As well as developing over 30 new websites, we’ve provided daily WordPress maintenance and support for many more. We’ve launched our Corporate WordPress training courses with WPTrain, moved into our new Cambridge office and opened our second base in the West Country to serve our Devon based clients.

We’re taking a well needed break over the Christmas period this year.

We’re closing the doors on Thursday 21st December at 2pm and will be reopening on Wednesday 3rd January at 9:30am.

If you have a WordPress maintenance contract, don’t worry, maintenance will continue as normal. We will also be providing support to clients with a WordPress support contract or hosting account. Don’t forget you can also manage your own web hosting, email accounts, invoices and more by logging into your Watch the Dot account here. You can also check the server status of our standard shared hosting at any time on our Hosting Status page.

We would like to wish you all a peaceful Christmas break and a happy and fruitful 2018!

Christian

16 Nov 2017
15 Nov 2017
01 Nov 2017

51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress

Throughout the years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform into a versatile content management system. Today, this open source software tool enables you to create anything between a simple blog and a fully functional website.

The popularity of WordPress has been constantly increasing, as it’s flexible, easy to use, and has many powerful features. Many leading companies, including Forbes, eBay, and The New York Times, have chosen WordPress to power their websites, making it the most used CMS worldwide.

Take a look at this Website Builder infographic to learn some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about WordPress.

 

02 Aug 2017

Change the URL of your WordPress Website

Sometimes you may need to change the URL of your WordPress website. If you attended one of our WordPress training courses for example and used a temporary URL.

This process is quite straightforward but you can break your site so proceed with caution and Backup your WordPress website first!

Your domain needs to be up and running and pointing to your existing website.

Step 1 – Backup your database!

There’s a separate guide on how to do this here

Step 2 – Install Better Search Replace Plugin

You can do this from your Plugins menu. The plugin is also available in the WordPress repository here.

Step 3 – Tell WordPress about the new URL

You can do this under Settings > General. You will need to set the Home URL and the Site URL which will usually be the same thing.

This will automatically update any internal links within menus, locations of featured images etc, but you will still need to replace the url where it is used within inline images or other content areas

Step 4 – Search and Replace your database

This bit is destructive – proceed with caution!

  • Open the Search and Replace plugin page from the Tools menu
  • Search for your old URL and replace with your new URL
  • Select the tables to search. Start with wp_options, wp_posts and wp_postmeta
  • You may wish to test with a dry run initially, if so leave the Dry run box ticked

If you need assistance changing the URL of your WordPress website, you can submit a WordPress support request here

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