Category Archives: Technology Advice

Insights and advice from the experts in CMS technology solutions.

How to Avoid GDPR Geo-Blocking

 

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The run-up to the implementation of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) last month was chaotic, to say the least. Businesses across the globe that operate in the EU have been scrambling to comply with the new rules. As is inevitable with such wide-ranging, sweeping regulatory changes, the rollout of GDPR was met with confusion.

In the rush to ensure compliance and to avoid the potentially massive fines that violations can bring, many businesses have had to take the drastic step of blocking access based on geographical location. This geo-blocking is the only option available to businesses that have yet to implement GDPR-compliant data policies. Even if these businesses don’t operate in the EU, if their websites aren’t compliant with GDPR, they will be unable to serve users from the EU without exposing themselves to liability.

For internet users who find themselves suddenly unable to access websites and services that they have been using for some time, this is very frustrating. The good news is that, with the right tools, circumventing any GDPR-related geo-blocking is actually very easy. Continue reading

How to Protect Your Company’s Data

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Cybercrooks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and if they can breach major corporations like Target and Home Depot, they’re likely able to get to your business as well. Protecting consumer data can insulate your brand and business from consumer mistrust and drops in sales that result from data breaches. Safeguarding your data is also important in the case of natural disasters, hard drive failures and even human error when you need to recover lost or damaged data. Moreover, it’s important to ensure employees are not at risk of either exposing your company to data theft or at risk of exposure to identity theft themselves. Continue reading

Five Things That You Need to Know About JavaScript

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JavaScript is a very important tool in web design and it is important that you understand why it is a vital part of every website. JavaScript works in a way that adds an extra layer to your website. This means that pretty much anything that happens on screen that isn’t static content will be using some form of JavaScript.

If you are a business owner and you’d like to have a website created for you then you’ll find companies like ours will look after the JavaScript and the development. If you’d like to have a better understanding of what is going on in this development stage, then you could consider doing some research into the basics. For those of you who are interested in the more advanced features of JavaScript and what it can do, you could consider taking a course. There are many Web development courses available at Red Academy that take place on their Vancouver campus. These courses will teach you everything you need to Launch a career as a junior web developer. And features the most in-demand technologies such as JavaScript, jQuery or CSS3.

If you manage to learn the basics of JavaScript, then you’ll want to know more about what it can actually do. There are so many functions that you can use with JavaScript so keep reading to find out more. Continue reading

Tips To Build Your Audience On Social Media

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Social media is one of the best ways to take advantage of the power of the internet to market your event, service or product. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many more social media platforms have allowed many businesses to flourish. Developing an audience on social networks requires a little research, intuition, and creativity. It is no secret that the better we know our public, the better we develop relationships with them; the stronger the relationships, the more possibilities to do business with them increases.

So everything starts with knowing our audience. Here is how you can build a bigger audience using social media. Continue reading

Why You Should Be Using Managed IT Services

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Are you looking into different methods in which you can quickly take care of your company’s IT needs? Then no doubt you will have come across the term managed IT services. Managed IT services is when you outsource the day to day management responsibilities to improve operations and cut down on your expenses. An essential service will normally offer you a monitoring service in which you will be notified of any problems while a more comprehensive service will not only notify you of the problem, but it will also help to find a resolution. There are many fantastic benefits to using a managed IT service, and here we are taking you through exactly what these benefits are so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not it would be a good fit for your company. Continue reading

How to Fix Common HTTP Error Codes – Quick Solutions

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Every attempt to access an application or web server is accompanied by an HTTP request. Those HTTP requests are responded back with an HTTP status code. These are 3-digit codes which are grouped into five classes.

  • Code starting with 1 stands is Informational.
  • Code starting with 2 indicates – Success.
  • Code starting with 3 implies Redirection.
  • Code starting with 4 indicates – Client Error.
  • And finally, HTTP code starting with 5 means Server Error.

This guide talks about ways to identify and troubleshoot the most common HTTP error codes namely 4XX and 5XX status code errors from system admin’s perspective. Continue reading

5 Tips for Starting a Lucrative Subscription-Based Service

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When you start doing the math about how much money you can earn on a monthly basis with a decent subscription service, the idea of launching your own can be quite tempting. However, it can also seem like a bit of a pipe dream if you’ve never done it before, and without the right guidance and research, it’ll probably take you quite a while to build any kind of significant momentum – if you’re persistent enough to hang on for that long with giving up. With that said, here are 5 tips you can utilize to take your new subscription service to the next level within a matter of weeks: Continue reading

How to Transform Customer Complaints Into Business Opportunities

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Corporate culture can breed an ostrich mentality. Companies are so preoccupied with highlighting the positive that they bury their head in the sand whenever they see a problem.

Though social media shame and growing customer choice are making this less common, some businesses still choose to ignore customer complaints or not engage with bad reviews posted on their social media channels. But that is just no longer a viable long-term strategy — and an entrepreneur who has started a small business knows this is doubly true if your brand is not a household name.

This is why I now embrace negative customer feedback. I no longer hope it disappears but instead sees it as a golden business opportunity. The key is to start using the (free!) information that customers provide as a launchpad to learn, adapt and improve. Continue reading

How Easy Is It to Build Software from Scratch?

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Building software from scratch is no easy feat. You have to plan, decide what tools are good enough to do the job, code, test, and test again. You will also need to do plenty of research to ensure you are developing software the right way. However, you do not need to be Albert Einstein to develop your next project either, as there are many tools online that can help you on your way. If you are looking to develop a new application, have a look at some of the things that are involved below to ensure you are successful and you do it in the most effective way. Continue reading

App Monitoring 101: Collecting the Right App Data

If you want your app to function correctly, you need a system for monitoring data. Without data monitoring, there’s no way to observe just how well your app is functioning and how to respond to the problems. Nobody wants to run into trouble with their app, but issues are unavoidable. To plan in preparation for problem-solving, you should have a plan for collecting the right data about your app. Here’s a guide to app monitoring through data collection.

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5 Useful CSS Tips for Beginners

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With so many easy ways to build your website, it can be a real test of your patience trying to get everything to look like you want it to look. Then, to make matters worse, along comes Google and their now infamous Mobilegeddon and you need to develop and learn how to style your website so that it can be viewed well on different mobile screens. It is hard enough learning to use a template let alone trying to modify the style so that it functions and looks like you need it to. Continue reading

Why Your Business Needs Continuous Improvement

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Whatever your industry sector, it remains a truism that if you’re not moving forward, then you might as well be standing still. The need for constant yet logical progression is integral to your business success, and by including the need for growth into the foundation of your company, you can take advantage of the opportunities that come with growth. Constant growth should be part of your long-term strategy, and failure to do so increases your chances of failure. Improvement of your business is not an option, it is a necessity, and only by keeping aware of its need can help your company grow. Continue reading