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The truth about GDPR for your firm (and its website)

Tess Henderson
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You are probably aware by now that the Data Protection Act of 1998 is being replaced with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018. It’s important that firstly, you understand what it is, and secondly, you implement what is...

Screen Resolutions in UK Legal Sector

Andrew Gray
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What is the screen resolution of the average user in the UK legal sector? This used to be a straightforward question with a sensible answer but nowadays the situation is quite complex - there are a lot of different devices used to access websites and a wide...

Browser Statistics for UK Legal Sector

Andrew Gray
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There was a time when the majority of people used Internet Explorer and the questions web designers' asked had to do with their nervousness about people with old browsers, for example: "what proportion of people user Internet Explorer version...

What are Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)?

Kevin Glass
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Overview In essence Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is an attempt by Google, Twitter and a few others to encourage large news publishers to provide a faster experience for their pages on mobile devices. For background reading please see ...

Why go secure?

Andrew Gray
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Encryption only one aspect of security There’s much more to security than encryption - we’re going to be talking in this post most about encryption but don’t forget that there are lots of other technical issues that have a massive bearing...

Visitor Referrers and Channels

George Evans
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In the age of data the more information you can see about visitors to your website, the more you can do to enhance it. With this is mind we have been looking at useful bits of information that we can track and view. The most recent bit of data we have began...

Responsive Web Design v. Mobile Site

David Gilroy
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Back in 2008, analysts predicted that by 2015, mobile Internet usage would surpass desktop. Well, as it turns out, they were spot on. In 2015 we saw mobile searches finally overtake desktop searches – not because desktop searches were decreasing, but...

Give the People What They Want: Creating a Helpful Law Firm Website

David Gilroy
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From the moment somebody – anybody - clicks on a website, a timer starts in their head. That timer is set to roughly one minute. As soon as this timer begins, the visitor says to the website: “impress me.” The website then has one minute to...

Unintended effect of using SPF to restrict email

Andrew Gray
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Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is a DNS technology designed to improve the authenticity of email by  basically telling the world "if you get an email from us that doesn't come from server xxxxxx then it's not us".  At first glance...

Break points for Responsive Website Design

George Evans
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Building a website to be “responsive” involves defining a series of breakpoints and writing CSS code so that the site looks different on different devices. For example, a three-column site when viewed on a desktop will often use the first column...

Have you registered your .law domain name?

David Gilroy
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If you haven’t heard about the new .law Top Level Domain by now, you must be making a conscious effort to ignore it. Back in April , we did a little investigating into what it was all about, and in October we gave you the lowdown on how and when to...

Five Bits of Free Software I Like to Use

David Gilroy
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You might not always have time to do things the long way, and you might not always want to spend a fortune. For those times, I've put together a list of free tools that can help with all the extras. If you have any more to add to the list, get in...

An Update on the .law Top Level Domain (TLD)

David Gilroy
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Update 27-Oct-2015 - You can now register your .law domain name through us at http://csl.join.law/ We wrote about the impending introduction of the new .law top level domain , back in April. Well, just today we’ve found out more about the process...

Online Payments for Solicitors

David Gilroy
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When it comes to purchasing products, consumers have been been buying online for quite some time now. It’s a secure and convenient method of making payment, and now law firms are increasingly using this system to facilitate transactions from their...

Pros & Cons of New .Law Top Level Domain

Jamie Stevens
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ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) who are the organisation responsible for the introduction of new top level domains has given exclusive rights to a company called Minds + Machines  to operate a new .law gTLD (Generic Top...

If You Run A Facebook Page, Expect The Like Count To Drop Soon

Jamie Stevens
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Have you seen a sudden drop count of "likes" on your Facebook page? Well this is because Facebook are having a sort out. Facebook has recently announced it will be changing the way it counts "likes" for pages. Any accounts that have been...

The latest update on Google Mobile Ranking

Jamie Stevens
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Last month we updated you on how Mobile Friendly was becoming a ranking factor for Google on 21 April , since then Google have been put in the hot seat to elaborate a little more on the subject. At SMX West, Google's Gary Illyes highlighted the 12...

Mobile Friendly Becoming a Ranking Factor on 21 April

David Gilroy
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Our site is mobile friendly! Is yours? As suspected, Google has announced that as of 21 April 2105, mobile friendly will become a ranking factor in mobile search results. This will make it easier for users to get high quality search results that are...

Recovering From a Hacked Site

David Gilroy
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Heaven forbid this should happen to you, but more often than not sites get hacked and in order to recover from it, a huge amount of work is involved.  There's great article on the Google Webmaster blog that has two case studies on  the process...

Important changes to Internet Security Infrastructure affect users of Windows XP

Andrew Gray
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Here's a timely reminder that the Internet is in fact a creation of scientists and engineers and that these #saintsofourmodernage are passionately committed to ensuring that their creation out-lives us all. Sometimes that means that things needs to be...

"Will it work on my Chromefox Explorer 15.2.1?" Demystifying our Browser Support Policy

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Having recently undertaken some large-scale internal development work on the Conscious Platform we've been taking a look at how our testing and QA processes need to adapt to ensure that we're still putting our best foot/feet forward. A huge part of...

Cache related problems when accessing websites from Citrix environment

Andrew Gray
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Citrix is popular with law firms in the UK - particularly its products that provide virtualisation services. Citrix users don't normally experience any difficulty using their preferred browser to access websites. However, from time to time our clients...

What is IPv6 and why is it so important?

Andrew Gray
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Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) is the address system that we use today - you may be familiar with addresses that look like this: The numbering system is hierarchical and provides a way to uniquely identify every computed on the network - about 4...

Behaviour-based Automatic Personalisation

Andrew Gray
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The concept of personalisation is almost as old as the internet itself - the basic idea being that a user tells the site about their interests which then allows the website to customise particular pages (usually the homepage) to provide direct access to the...

HTTPS as a Google Ranking Factor

Jamie Stevens
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What is HTTPS? HTTPS (or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) is a secure method of transferring data over the internet that is used to stop unwanted snooping of your communications. At this point in time, it's use is mostly limited to certain areas...

Responsive First - the journey to responsive web design

Andrew Gray
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Building an effective website is a very satisfying endeavour – a thrilling marriage of creative design and technical skills. Design trends come and go in quick succession but the way that sites are built has remained relatively unaltered..... until...

What is a sitemap and what does it do?

Andrew Gray
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A lot of misleading information is written on the subject of sitemaps suggesting that the presence or absence of a sitemap is going to have an impact on rankings. For the vast majority of websites you can relax, this is simply not the case - Google will find...

Browser Trends in the UK Legal Market

Andrew Gray
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Anyone involved in web development knows that it's important to test sites on many different browsers, but which browsers need to be supported and when is it OK to drop support for an old browser? To answer these questions we keep an eye on usage...