Web Matters Blog

Welcome to the Web Matters blog. Most of the blog posts are written for the benefit of business owners who are looking to get the most out of their websites, or who are looking for answers to common WordPress and website issues.

SSL, Google’s ‘Not Secure’ warning and your website – what you need to know about adding SSL to your website and how to do it

By Michelle | October 6, 2017

SSL is suddenly a hot topic thanks to Google. So here’s some information to help you make an educated decision about your SSL requirements. Now, anything to do with website security can become quite a complex topic very quickly. So my goal here is to inform you about SSL (giving you some background information) while…

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G Suite for your email and office set up

By Michelle | September 25, 2017

I’m frequently asked for email recommendations. It’s a big topic, as there are many options available and they can differ considerably in their features, ease of use, cost and reliability. Due to all the different options available, it can become quite confusing very quickly. Email is the lifeblood of any business, so it’s important to…

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Shopify Payments launching in New Zealand

By Michelle | June 16, 2017

As of June 23, all New Zealand merchants will be able to accept credit cards directly with Shopify. This is great news for merchants wanting an easy set up – as it eliminates the need for a merchant account and a 3rd party payment gateway. With Shopify payments you are automatically set up to accept…

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Website Care Plans for WordPress Sites

By Michelle | May 4, 2017

Website technology changes very rapidly, meaning websites are no longer ‘set and forget’.  So just like your desktop software, WordPress (the software that runs your website) must be kept up to date to keep your site working optimally and to make it more secure. Just a few years ago, there was a lot less need…

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WordPress Security Notice – Update Now, WordPress site defacement warning

By Michelle | February 8, 2017

There has been a security issue with an older version of WordPress and all WordPress web sites should be immediately updated to the latest version of WordPress which is version 4.7.2. Sites that are running older versions of this software are vulnerable to being hacked with site defacement. Depending on the configuration of your website,…

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Why strong branding leads to a better website design and why it might be time for a re-think about your logo

By Michelle | January 30, 2017

Many a web designer has sat at their computer monitor in quiet despair, looking at a glowing blank screen wondering how on earth they’ll integrate their client’s logo into a website design they can live with.  A logo may seem like a small part of a website design, but it can have a large impact…

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Here’s a useful guide for when you’ve been delegated the company website

By Michelle | January 4, 2017

It’s a New Year, and with it, you may have gained a new responsibility – the company website. Now if the website has been a bit of ‘hot potato’ within the business, then things could be a little disorganised. Now, even if you think things are sorted, there’s all of those things you ‘don’t know…

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Thinking about buying and using a premium WordPress theme on your website? Here’s a few things you need to know.

By Michelle | December 15, 2016

WordPress is hugely popular – it now powers 27% of the websites online. Numbers like that attract attention and people seeking to make money go where the demand is, so becoming a premium WordPress developer is an attractive way to make money – with some of the leading developers raking it in.  Of course, there’s…

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Welcome to my very long overdue new website

By Michelle | December 1, 2016

As they say, good things take time, but if you’d have told me this time last year (roughly when I started planning and developing this new site) that I’d take a full year to get it online, I’d have been rather surprised.   It’s been quite a journey though and I’m glad I’m finally here…

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The Google Mobile Update and making WordPress websites responsive – don’t panic

By Michelle | April 22, 2015

There’s been a lot of comment online about Google’s update to its search engine algorithm (the formula it uses to rank websites in search). Every few years Google does a major update to the algorithm – no doubt making changes that are aligned with its overall goal of providing its users with the best search…

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