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Introducing ‘Watch The Bot’

Nope, that’s not a typo! We are big fans of automation at Watch the Dot, and use it to manage many of our business functions including setting up and renewing web hosting, managing domain names, monitoring website security and now building leads, managing support requests, growing our mailing list and building sales. Removing routine tasks from your […]

Merry Christmas – that’s a wrap for 2020.

Well everyone, 2020 is drawing to a close. And we’re pretty sure most of us are rather happy about that. It certainly has been a year for everyone to remember and for us here at Watch The Dot that’s no exception. The pandemic has brought it’s challenges and forced everyone to work in a different way. […]

The Importance of a Responsive Website

It is getting more and more important to cater for the needs of mobile phone and tablet users when it comes to building an effective website. This is because the majority of website traffic now comes from mobile users. The stats show that over 55% of all internet traffic is accounted for by mobile users, […]

Halloween Marketing Ideas To Boost Up Sales On WordPress Site [Freebies] – WPDeveloper

If you have a WordPress website, then you are probably already aware of special Halloween themes for WordPress. But why bother customizing a whole theme for Halloween when you can create a Halloween landing page with a single click? By using ready Elementor templates, you can instantly add a killer Halloween landing page to your […]

25 WordPress SEO Mistakes to Fix for Better Rankings

Want more visibility in the SERPs and more traffic? Of course you do! True success with a WordPress website all begins with your SEO. In this post, you’ll learn some of the most common WordPress SEO mistakes and how to fix them. I’ve been doing WordPress SEO since 2007. Along the way, I’ve learned a […]

How to Downgrade WordPress to an Older Version?

How to Downgrade WordPress to an Older Version? |By Jane Having problems with your theme or plugins compatibility? Downgrading WordPress to an older version might be a quick solution. In this article, we will show you several methods to downgrade the WordPress core to a previous version. Why Downgrade WordPress? The recent WordPress 5.5 update […]

Facebook & Instagram Drop Support For WordPress Embeds

A change which is set to roll out on October 24 will break embedded Facebook and Instagram content on WordPress sites. To be specific, an upcoming API update will remove support for unauthenticated Facebook and Instagram embeds. That means, after October 24, embedded content will only be supported for publishers with a Facebook developer account […]

WordPress Statistics

WordPress is without doubt the World’s most popular content management system running around 35% of the World’s websites! And it’s a well established product too, having been established in 2003. This infographic from wpclipboard.com shows you some more statistics about the World’s favourite website builder.

WordPress Website Maintenance Checklist

WordPress is a dynamic system with lots of moving parts so it needs a bit of care from time to time to keep things running smoothly. The checklist below shows you some of the tasks you should carry out if you’re looking after a WordPress website. Need some help with these tasks? We have a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transfer your .uk Domain Away from Namesco

We sell domain names but they aren’t a part of our core business and we don’t make any meaningful money from them, we provide them as a courtesy to our clients as many of them prefer to have their web services all managed by someone they trust. We are essentially domain provider agnostic. Occasionally people […]

Upgrade your Free Trial Web Hosting Account

If you have attended one of our WordPress training courses, you will have been given a free hosting account to use for the duration of the course. If you want to preserve your work after the course you will need to either move your website or upgrade your hosting account to one of our paid […]

Setup Subdomains in eXtend Control Panel

If you are using our standard eXtend hosting packages, you can easily setup a subdomain on your webhosting using the eXtend Control Panel. This will allow you to set up different website or webapps on teh same hosting account For example: www.wtddemo.co.uk – Your main website and accessible using the www. intranet.wtddemo.co.uk – A custom […]

Password Protect a Directory on your website

If you are using our standard eXtend hosting packages, you can easily password protect a directory using the eXtend Control Panel to protect an area of your website from unauthorised access Step 1 – Sign into your Watch the Dot Hosting Account For instruction on how to do that, see this guide Step 2 – […]

We’re Recruiting – Junior Technical Administrator, Cambridge

Junior Technical Administrator Type: Full Time (will consider Job Share) Hours: 9am – 5:30pm Based: In our office near Cambridge Salary: £17.5k pa Job Description Our small but incredibly busy web development and hosting business is looking for someone to join the team in a junior capacity to assist with the day to running and […]

Who is Holding Your Domain Name to Ransom?

We have recently been working with a business – a national company – that has just lost it’s 18 year old domain name. How did this happen? A freelance web developer registered the domain name for the company back in 2007 for 10 years using his own contact details and Hotmail email address. Soon after […]

Manually Backup your WordPress Website

There’s lots of WordPress backup plugins available that will help you back up your WordPress installation, either on a one-off basis or to a set schedule, but sometimes I feel most secure knowing I’ve made a manual backup which I can archive off somewhere. In this post, I’ll show you the process I use to […]

Automatically Reenable WordPress Paragraph Breaks

We had a phone call from a client late this Friday afternoon looking for some WordPress Support. Having upgraded a very old website themselves to version 4.8 they noticed that all paragraphs on the website were running into each other without linebreaks.  WordPress has a function called wpautop which finds line breaks and manually converts […]

Learn WordPress at Hills Road Sixth Form College

Christian Mayne will once again be teaching the popular WordPress for Beginners course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, commencing on 28th April 2015 for 10 weeks. Course Overview Learn how to use WordPress to produce attractive, well laid-out and highly functional web sites. WordPress is one of the World’s leading and widely […]

Design & Build a Website using WordPress

Commencing on the 20th January, Christian Mayne will be once again teaching the popular WordPress for Beginners course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge. Course Overview Learn how to use WordPress to produce attractive, well laid-out and highly functional web sites. WordPress is one of the World’s leading and widely used web Content […]

Things to Teach Your Children about Facebook #2643

Don’t brag about the court case your Dad has just won against his former employer. When Dana Snay violated this essential Social Media rule, she unwittingly breached a confidentiality agreement and cost her father his $80,000 settlement. Snay’s 1200 Facebook friends were told ““Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” Dana Snay posted […]

WordPress 3.9 “Smith” – The Cat

In honour of WordPress 3.9 being released today and named ‘Smith’ after the great Jimmy Smith, here’s the Master of the B3 himself with a perfect bit of Wednesday evening get down. Need some help upgrading? We can do that for you! Read more about WordPress 3.9 Smith here

Is Promoting Your Page on Facebook Ruining your Business?

The Veritasium science video blog thinks it could be. They did some analysis on the likes generated using the Facebook Promote your Page feature and compared it to the page likes generated by an illicit click farm. The results were suprising and show how paying to promote your page could actually be damaging your business.

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