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Good and bad e-mails

PHP Update notice (good) Domain Service Expiration Offer (bad)

I received these e-mails earlier this year. They both ask me to take action. One is genuine the other is spam. The first, an “Important Reminder” was from a genuine 1and1 e-mail address and explained changes to the hosting at 1and1. Their servers are being upgraded. You are offered the choice of continuing to use older server software PHP 5.5 (for a charge) or upgrade free to PHP 7.0. This is a genuine notice and unless you have a good reason to continue using PHP 5.5 you should make the upgrade by following the instructions. Here is a screen shot of the top of the e-mail: The second e-mail, a “Domain Service Important Notice” was from info@ad-1.net, a company I don’t have a contract with. The message claimed there was an expiration date connected to one of my domains.

Misleading e-mails

Reading further revealed the expiration date was on an offer for an SEO package. But the presentation was designed to look like a domain renewal notice. Here is a screen shot of the top of the e-mail: If you require advice about any e-mail you receive please do get in touch.

Two new sites launched by Red E

We recently launched two new sites.
Screen visual of Lets Go Scotland website by Red E Web Design east Lothian

Lets Go Scotland

Let’s Go Scotland revamped their portfolio of holiday, long-term and student let properties with beautiful new photography and web copy written to the latest guidelines. Red E provided an easy to use content management system and on-site training. We ensured the site worked on mobile devices. We worked on the Google Search Console and meta-data on-page SEO tasks to ensure the site has the best chance of reaching its target audience.
Screen visual of Scotland the Bread

Scotland the Bread website by Red E Web Design

Scotland the Bread launched a share offer through a new website developed by Red E. This WordPress/WooCommerce solution also handles subscriptions, donations, courses and retail products. Developed with a strong visual design in mind from the outset the site fulfils a variety of tasks in a simple and elegant way. Technologies (selected):
  • WordPress
  • WooCommerce and extensions
  • Yoast SEO
  • MyFonts
  • Updraft Plus
 

Visual Composer and WordPress 4.5 issue

wordpress logo visual composer issue
Towards the end of last month I noticed Visual Composer was causing problems for some customers. The Visual Composer content editing plug-in would not progress past the loading animation. The issue seemed to affect sites running on older versions of PHP (V5.3 or earlier). Updating the PHP version fixed one site. But on two others the problem remained. The affected sites had all been updated to WordPress V4.5 on 12 April and were using bundled versions of Visual Composer. These bundled versions are often several versions behind the latest release as the theme developers need to check them for theme compatibility. So when an update for the uDesign theme appeared on 22 April I tried it on one of the affected sites. It fixed the problem. The change-log for uDesign seemed to confirm the cause of the issue. The uDesign update on 22.04.2016 lists just one fix: “Visual Composer” plugin (v4.11.2.1) – WordPress 4.5 Compatibility update UDesign and Visual Composer are great products. But their developers could have saved my clients and me nearly ten days spent looking for answers by mentioning the issue when they first noticed it.

Older Themes and Visual Composer

Older versions of themes using bundled versions of VC which are not being updated are susceptable to the same issue arising from the WordPress 4.5 update. I have found the issue with Organic Themes’ Non-profit theme V3. The solution may be to either purchase, install and configure the latest version of the theme and bundled VC or to buy a licenced version of VC.

Red E Support

Red E found a solution to this issue and applied it to all affected sites as soon as it was available, free of charge. If you think we could help you with your online work please get in touch.

Dashboard glitch in Chrome

Google Chrome display glitch

Google Chrome display glitch

There is bug in Chrome version 45 which can cause display problems in the WordPress dashboard. Typically dashboard menu items appear superimposed on one-another or not at all. Until Google fix this the workaround is to go to chrome://flags/#disable-slimming-paint and Enable the Disable Slimming Paint item. This issue doesn’t affect other browsers. I would advise using FireFox until this and other issues such as the invisible code in Text view glitch are fixed.

Falkland Centre for Stewardship relaunch

Falkland Centre for Stewardship websiteFive years after we designed their original website staff at the Centre for Stewardship at Falkland invited Red E to design a fresh, new site able to be maintained by Centre staff cheaply and easily and designed to comply with the latest standards for mobile compatibility.   The new site launched on 16 July 2015. We think it is great example of how to deliver a cheap, effective design that’s fully responsive and easily maintained. It was actually cheaper than the first site.

Edinburgh Access Panel relaunch

Red E  and Edinburgh Access Panel are pleased to announce the relaunch of their website. Fully WCAG Level AA compliant websites are now available from Red E for clients who want to meet the highest standards of accessibility as part of their commitment to their customers needs. Accessibility is often a condition attached to funding and early accessibility planning can ensure the appropriate work is done. Ensure that you work with experts who have a track record in accessibility. Red E can help you meet your accessibility needs.
Edinburgh Access Panel works with Council partners and local businesses to improve accessibility for physically disabled and sensory impaired people, predominantly in relation to the built environment.

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Does the security issue with Open SSL mean your website is at risk, causing a problem or needing fixed?

If your site doesn’t use a secure socket layer then you don’t have to worry. Red E does not have any clients currently using a Secure Socket Layer Certificate. 1and1.co.uk: Red E uses 1and1.co.uk hosting and their Managed Server or Webhosting package customers are not affected. Other ISPs: 123-reg.co.uk has not been affected by this issue as their platform does not use the version of the technology that was affected. GoDaddy patched all core services that were running the affected version of OpenSSL. Mailchimp is not affected. As a website user however you may wish to take the advice provided on the BBC website. And changing your important log-in passwords as a user and as a site editor would seem a quick and easy way to get peace of mind.

Red E launch in East Lothian

Red E logo, a reversed red capital E
We are excited to launch Red E – a new development company with a fresh approach that’s equal to the demands of emerging Internet trends. Red E takes over the portfolio of Modem Operandi and will provide uninterrupted hosting, support and site maintenance for existing clients.

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