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GDPR concerns all website owners

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation. It is enforcible from 25th May this year and it has implications for all website owners. In brief, every website must have a page setting out their organisation’s privacy policy, and this page must feature prominently on their website.

We have published an in-depth guide to writing your privacy policy. But please be aware that we are not lawyers and that if you are unsure about anything, you should seek legal advice or contact the ICO. We have also revamped our own privacy policy.

The purpose of GDPR is to put data control back into the hands of the owners of the data so that their rights are respected. These include the right to be forgotten, the right to know what data held on them, where and how it is stored and with whom it is shared, and what will happen in the event of a data breach.
If you do not store anyone’s data, you still need a privacy policy stating this fact. But as most websites created by us collect anomymised visitor data for analytical purposes, this should also be mentioned.
Applegreen Websites is happy to advise on your privacy policy and to upload it for you. We will need to charge a fee for this additional work.

Big changes coming to WordPress

Important announcement for WordPress admins: the system for creating and editing posts and pages is about to undergo a radical modernisation.
It is being replaced with a flexible new system that will be great for newcomers, but existing users will have to relearn the things they have been comfortably doing for sometime. This includes us at Applegreen Websites!
The new editor, christened Gutenberg after the famous 15th-century inventor of the printing press, is available right now as a plugin. Go to Plugins > Add New, type Gutenberg into the search box, download and activate, and you can start exploring it straight away. Currently, the old “Classic Editor” is still available to choose at the editing stage.

Gutenberg will be added to WordPress Core from Version 5, around end of April or early May. However, it is still developing and may be incompatible with some plugins that haven’t yet caught up. If you find yourself cursing the name of Gutenberg after the big update, the old editor will still be available as a plugin, so you can keep things stable until the technology has developed further.
We will be publishing updated instructions for Gutenberg in due course, and keeping you posted. If anyone needs help we are of course happy to step in.

Price increases

For the first time in five years, Applegreen Websites is putting its prices up, see our costs. Updates are now charged at £30/hour while new websites start at £450-£500 (£300 not-for-profit). Unlike many of our competitors, we do not not levy a monthly retainer: we keep your costs down by charging by time for updating work.
Issue 11  |  April 2018
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