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Is running your website a chore? Want some help?

From managing updates, keeping on top of backups, making sure the forms work (and get read), backups to dealing with security, Search Engine Optimisation, and Social Media, running a WordPress site can be a challenge if you’re not technically-minded, or haven't the specialist staff. And if you are technically inclined, there is a pretty good chance that you've something more profit-generating to be doing with your time.

Why Use a WordPress Support Service?

We typically provide our clients support in the folllowing:

  • Custom development – including small tweaks and larger more complex design changes
  • Updates to WordPress core, themes, and plugins
  • Backups and security
  • Performance optimisation
  • Website monitoring
  • Site migration

Is it worth forking out the cash to pay someone else to manage your site and do work that you could easily do yourself?

Well, tasks like managing security and backups can be fairly easy to do, depending on the size of your site, while optimising performance is also relatively straightforward with the right software. But if you’re busy running your own business, website issues can be easily put off or ignored altogether, and learning to access and utilise the appropriate tools can be a big task.

So, it all depends on your time, how much of it you have available to work on your site, and how much you value it.

To put it into perspective. If you only need basic help with your site for things like monitoring, backups and updates, a basic plan could be as little as £100/month - not much more than a mobile phone contract. If you charge £50 an hour for your own time and these tasks would take you 3-4 hours a month, getting someone else to do it for you is a no-brainer.

With all that in mind, take a look at what we can do for you.

Who We Are

Seven Communications are specialists in Website development, security and maintenance.
Clients range from Multinationals to SMEs with a particular focus on international and manufacturing sectors.

These days, open-source CMS such as WordPress, Joomla etc are easily configured, flexible and cheap, but those attributes also make them attractive targets for hackers & malware. Bespoke Admin systems can be even worse, if the code is not sufficiently robust. Protecting websites is increasingly challenging, particularly with ecommerce and data protection considerations. With over 20 years experience in website development and online security, we can ensure that your data stays where is should be, and risks of intrusion, and potential blacklisting removed.

For a free website security review, call us on 0161 429 5700

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‘Beach-ready’ Website Healthcheck Offer

Summer’s here, though not for long, I expect. Still, to brighten the day of whatever temperature, we are offering a ‘Beach-ready’ Website Healthcheck, discounted while were still full of Piriton!

For only £399 +VAT, saving £100, we’ll give your site a ‘Beach-ready’ top-to-tail ‘going-over’, reviewing all the important aspects of your site, ensuring top performance, and making any recommendations that may improve it still further.

You might *think* that there are no problems, but changes to code structure, plugins, links to external sites and social media feeds, all risk failing at some point, because you can’t be sure that other website code isn’t having an impact on your own.

We’ll check:

  • That you are being found on Google and have good positioning
  • That you are visible in the popular social media platforms
  • That your Google My Business site is registered
  • Any broken links identified and fixed where possible
  • Any risky code, or hacking attempts identified
  • A security audit

We can also offer design improvement recommendations, based on building high-spec sites for over 20 years.

Contact us with the form to the right, and we can get on it while you sit in the sun!

PC Security – WannaCry

The latest virus to hit the headlines shocked the PC world last week. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the globe last Friday and so far has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations.

What is it?

Also known as Wanna Decryptor or wcry its modus operandi is to infect PCs and threaten to lock out and delete files of victims who do not pay a sum of $300 to $600 (£230 to £460) within one week of infection. Small businesses are constantly being urged to take precautionary measures to protect their businesses online. It is similar to Cryptolocker of a few years ago.

How is it installed?

The virus is usually invisibly installed on to computers by being hidden within deceptive-looking emails containing links, which users are tricked into opening. Once opened, the malware can install on to a system without the user’s knowledge.

What does it do?

Once opened, the virus is able to encrypt files and block user access to them, displaying a pop-up window on-screen telling users they have been blocked, and demanding payment – often via a digital currency such as Bitcoin.

Can you remove it without paying?

Yes, by using advanced anti-malware software. The malware can also be removed manually with a computer in “safe mode”, but this isn’t a ‘user’ technique as important system files need to be edited in order to find and isolate files created by the Wanna Decryptor software. Disinfection opportunities are reduced if the system is rebooted, so if an infection is suspected, power-down and contact an expert.

The harm of this latest attack is the ease and speed with which it spread, and the vulnerable systems that it exploited. Many NHS systems received the greatest publicity, as they were using old systems, not because of ‘budget cuts’, but because the older systems that they supported were still within useful life. Microsoft had issued a patch well in advance of widespread infection, but unfortunately many systems administrators had failed to implement this.

Businesses and individuals should make sure their internet security is up to date and in use, view emails with attachments sent from unknown senders with suspicion, avoid storing passwords on computers and make sure that backups are in place.

Get Safe Online, offers free expert advice on online security matters and they have created a great detailed post on how to protect your computer , finances and your identity against this new global online threat.

Online phishing attacks have become more and more common over the past five years as more businesses have moved online, and it presents dangers for consumers and opportunities for criminals. That is why today it is vital that businesses understand such risks.

We also recommend the use of a Password Manager such as LastPass to generate and encrypt complex passwords