The Lowdown on GDPR Compliance for WordPress Users

You might have heard of the term “GDPR” being discussed around the web. It’s a pretty hot topic right now, especially with all that is going on with data breaches and security in the news. To put it simply, GDPR is a privacy law designed to give citizens back control of their personal data. Hands down, GDPR will impact how the entire internet deals with data. The scary part is that there is a fast-approaching May 25th, 2018 deadline and many of these basic questions regarding GDPR are still plaguing people:

  1. What exactly is GDPR? In layman’s terms.
  2. Does GDPR impact me?
  3. What do I need to do for GDPR compliance before the deadline?

Many have a tendency to put off what they don’t understand. Taxes are a good example. For a lot of us, GDPR has simply been lower priority on our checklists. But GDPR is coming and you really should take a few moments and determine whether or not you need to make changes to the way your business and or website operates. If you don’t there could be hefty fines involved.

Don’t worry, we’ll try and explain everything you need to know about GDPR below, as well what you can do to prepare. But we aren’t lawyers, so we’ll try not to bore you with all the legal details.

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Please note that this post is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered legal advice.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a privacy law that was approved on April 14, 2016, by the European Commission to protect the rights of all EU citizens (28 member states) and their personal data. This replaces the 95/46/EC Directive on Data Protection of 24 October 1995 and is much more extensive than the Cookie Law of 2011 (soon to be replaced by the new EU ePrivacy regulation which goes hand in hand with GDPR) . The rollout plan for the regulation was set for two years, with a deadline of May 25th, 2018.

If you want to read the extensive official PDFs of the regulation (11 chapters, 99 articles) we recommend checking out , as they have everything in a neatly arranged website.

What GDPR Entails

Unfortunately, not everything is always black or white when it comes to things like this, but the GDPR alliance has a great overview what it entails:

  • Applies to any personal data (any data that relates to or can be used to identify someone).
  • Requires that consent is given or there is a good reason to process or store personal information.
  • Gives a person the right to know what information is being stored about them.
  • Data can only be used for the reason given at the time of collection and is securely deleted after it’s no longer needed.
  • Allows national authorities to impose fines on companies breaching the regulation.

Who Does GDPR Impact?

While the new GDPR regulations were designed to protect the rights of EU citizens, it essentially impacts everyone on the web. That’s right, everyone! This isregardless of where a business is established or where its online activities take place. If your website is processing or collecting data from EU citizens, then you must abide by the GDPR regulations.

GDPR impacts everyone

Here are just a couple examples of websites located outside of the EU that would still be impacted:

  • A WordPress community site that collects personal information for each user profile.
  • A WordPress theme shop that has customers sign up for accounts to purchase themes or plugins (sales and billing data).
  • A WordPress blog that has a newsletter subscription widget or lets visitors comment.
  • An ecommerce (WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads) store that sells products online.
  • A WordPress site that uses analytics software.

You can probably see where we are going with this. Unless you’re explicitly blocking all EU traffic, which most of you probably aren’t, then your site will fall under GDPR regulations.

If you’re wondering whether your company is already GDPR compliant, the team over at Mailjet created a handy GDPR quiz. We also recommend checking out The GDPR Checklist.

Consequences of Not Complying with GDPR

If your business doesn’t comply with GPDR you can get sanctioned up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover or fined up to €20 million (the higher of the two), per infringement. There is also a tiered approach to fines. For example, a company can be fined 2% for not having their records in order, not notifying the supervising authority and data subject about a breach, or not conducting an impact assessment. (Art. 83)

If you’re a small ecommerce shop or WordPress developer these fines could be devastating!

How to Make Your WordPress Site GDPR Compliant

Now for the reason you’re probably all reading this blog post, and that is how to make your WordPress site GDPR compliant. Unfortunately, unlike our normal tutorials, we can’t give you a simple step by step tutorial as becoming compliant will vary per site. But here are suggestions to get on the right track, as well as additional things to be aware of.

1. Hire a Lawyer

If you have any concerns about GDPR compliance (which most of you probably will) we always recommend hiring a lawyer, even if it’s just temporarily. This is one of those areas we strongly urge you to not try and tackle on your own. A lawyer can provide you with legal advice specifically tailored to your situation. If you get this wrong, it could result in hefty fines.

2. Review Your Data Collection and Processing Workflow

We recommend going through your entire WordPress site and determine where data collection and processing occurs, as well as where that information is stored, and for how long. This includes things such as:

  • Collecting personal information on an ecommerce checkout page or WordPress registration page.
  • IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and GPS locations.

After you pinpoint all of these you need to confirm that you’re asking for the visitor’s permission, as well as disclosing how the data collected is used.

3. GDPR Project Merging into WordPress Core for Developers

Dejlig Lama & Peter Suhm originally started working on a project called GDPR for WordPress. This was going to provide plugin developers with a simple solution to GDPR validate their plugin and offer website administrators the overview and tools to handle the administrative tasks involved with being GDPR compliant. However, the great news is that this is now becoming part of WordPress core.

You can now follow the GDPR Trac tickets as well as the roadmap for GDPR compliance. They are hoping to have everything finished by the May 25th, 2018 deadline. This is just as important for WordPress users as it is for developers, as GDPR compliance is going to be a two-way street. WordPress users will need new features built into plugins they are already using such as checkboxes, prompts, etc. to make sure they are compliant when collecting data.

With Gutenberg and now these GDPR changes, there is a lot coming down the pipeline for WordPress 5.0.

4. Update All Legal Documents

With GDPR it’s now time to update your terms and condition pages, privacy pages, affiliate terms, as well as any other legal documents or agreements you might have. You can no longer have forms without checkboxes, unless they all under lawfulness of processing. In other words, there must be a way for the user to specifically consent. Gone are the days of just throwing terms in a link at the bottom and assuming the user will read them.

Again, this is an area we recommend roping in a lawyer. If you’re just running a simple blog, at least use a tool like iubenda or something similar to generate stronger privacy policies.

A new privacy page feature was added in WordPress 4.9.6. You can now designate a privacy page on your site and it will show on your login and registration pages. We also recommend putting it in your footer.

WordPress privacy page

5. Offer Data Portability

According to Art. 20, any business that collects data must also offer the ability to for the user to download it and take/transfer the data elsewhere.

Make sure you have a system in place yet to provide a user with a downloadable file of their data if requested (.csv, .xml, etc). If you can’t currently offer this, you might want to hire a WordPress developer.

New features regarding data handling were added in WordPress 4.9.6. Site owners can now export a ZIP file containing a user’s personal data as well as erase a user’s personal data. There is also a new email-based method that they can use to confirm personal data requests.

WordPress export personal data

WordPress export personal data

6. Self-Certify Under Privacy Shield Framework

Due to the fact that many websites collect data from all over the globe and with tighter restrictions on personal data, many companies are now certifying under the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These were designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the European Commission and Swiss Administration, to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.

7. Encrypt Your Data / HTTPS

In terms of encryption, there are different parts to this: encryption of your web traffic (HTTPS) and encryption where your data is stored. We always recommend you encrypt your web traffic, regardless of GDPR. The benefits of moving to HTTPS far outweigh the cons and that is where the web is headed.

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The term encryption itself is actually only mentioned a few times in the GDPR and is not necessarily mandatory.

So while it appears encryption is not legally required to comply with GDPR, it’s highly recommended, as you are responsible for the data. If you’re using a WordPress host like Kinsta, we are powered by Google Cloud Platform which means all data is encrypted at rest. Read more about GDPR encryption.

8. Check Your WordPress Themes, Plugins, Services, APIs

Any WordPress plugins or theme specific features you have installed that collect or store personal data must be updated for your site to be fully GDPR complaint. If you’re a WordPress developer, you should hopefully already have a plan in place for implementing GDPR changes for users. We’ll include some popular plugins and configurations below, along with direct links to how they’re handling GDPR.

Contact Form Plugins

One of the easiest ways to comply with GDPR is to simply add a required checkbox to your contact form that allows the user to consent that their submitted data is being collected and stored. However, the important part here is “easiest.” Not all contact forms necessarily need consent. This can fall under what is called lawfulness of processing.

Contact Form 7 GDPR

Comment Plugins

Even comment plugins are collecting personal information. So just like with contact forms, one of the easiest ways to make sure you are compliant is to add a consent checkbox. But again, this can fall under what is called lawfulness of processing.

WordPress native comments GDPR

WordPress native comments GDPR

Marketing Plugins and Services

Everything from newsletters plugins, survey plugins, quiz plugins, push notification plugins, and your email marketing software will be impacted by GDPR.

Analytics, Tracking, Remarketing

Any third-party service or plugin that collects data. This includes things such as Google Analytics, A/B testing plugins, heat map services, remarketing platforms, etc. In regards to Google Analytics itself, it might be recommended to anonymize the IP.

Anonymize IP in Google Analytics

As of April, Google launched a new data retention settings for Google Analytics. These controls give you the ability to set the amount of time before user-level and event-level data stored by Google Analytics is automatically deleted from Analytics’ servers. You can access these settings under Admin → Property →  Tracking Info → Data Retention.

Google Analytics data retention

eCommerce Solutions and Payment Processors

Any type of WordPress eCommerce solution is of course heavily impacted by GDPR as these collect sales data, personal information, user account data, and have integrations with third-party payment processors.

Community Plugins

Community plugins, forum plugins, and membership plugins a lot of times store additional personal information aside from the integrated WordPress signup process.

Third-Party APIs

Even third-party APIs collect data. A good example of this is Google Fonts. Most of you probably are using Google Fonts, whether it’s baked into your WordPress theme or you manually added it. You really have to look into each API and find out data the provider is collecting. In some cases, data collection is allowed for lawful bias without consent (Recital 49).

This can be a lot of work and downright confusing as some companies, even Google, might not provide simple yes or no answers. Check out this conversation between developers on whether or not Google Fonts are GDPR compliant. You could always host your Google fonts locally on your own CDN and this then resolves the issue.

We’ll keep this post updated as some WordPress plugin developers are currently working on adding GDPR compliance features. Or even more scary, many haven’t even started yet. If you have concerns regarding a plugin you have running, check with the developer directly to see how they plan to handle GDPR.

Lawfulness of Processing

While simply asking for consent as shown above is the easiest way to comply with GDPR, it’s not the only way. In fact, in some cases, data processing is permitted without consent due to the term known as lawfulness of processing. Here are just a few examples:

Contractual Necessity

Data processing is permitted if it’s necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract (Art. 6 (1) b)

Legitimate Interest

Data processing is permitted when it’s necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child. (Art. 6 (1) f)

Note: This does not apply to processing carried out by public authorities in the performance of their tasks.

Helpful GDPR WordPress Plugins

Below are a few helpful plugins we also recommend checking out that can help:

GDPR Audit

Beyond confused? 😜 Don’t worry, GDPR can be a lot to wrap your head around and it’s a massive change in regards to personal data collection. If you’re concerned about your own WordPress site, it might be wise to invest in a GDPR audit by an expert, preferably one that works solely with WordPress. We recommend checking out the GDPR Audit from Angled Crown.

How is Kinsta Preparing for GDPR?

Due to the fact that Kinsta is based in Europe, we’ve had tighter restrictions on our data from the very beginning. But as is every company right now we are revisiting each of our policies with our legal team regarding data processing, collection, and storage; as well as our WordPress site and blog to ensure we are fully compliant by the deadline. Kinsta utilizes Google Cloud Platform which is fully committed to GDPR and we are reviewing all of our third-party vendors and integrations to arrange for similar GDPR-ready data processing agreements.

A few changes coming soon will include:

  • Appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO).
  • Offering new ways to comply with data portability.
  • Data processing agreements.

As a Kinsta client, you are referred to as a data controller. This means you are responsible for implementing appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure and demonstrate that any data processing is performed in compliance with the GDPR.

Summary

As you have probably grasped by now, GDPR is a really big deal! It’s going to impact almost every WordPress site on the web. With the deadline fast approaching, we encourage everyone to take the time, do your research, and ensure your site is fully compliant. If you don’t, you could be looking at some pretty hefty fines!

Got any questions about GDPR and WordPress? Drop them below in the comments. Or if you know of another popular WordPress plugin that is already GDPR compliant let us know and we’ll add it above!

How to Change Your Career from Web Design to UX Design

Altering careers isn’t really as difficult as it’s often constructed to be, specifically if you’ve got the ideal resources to assist you make the modification. For lots of web designers, now is the best time to make the switch into UX design. To start with, there’s the financial increase that includes the modification in career. Inning accordance with PayScale, web designers in the United States make an average of $46,000 every year( 1 ), while UX designers on the other hand make a large$74,000(2 ). Secondly, task chances for UX designers are flourishing: CNN reports that an overall of 3,426,000 UX style jobs will be created in the US alone within the next 10 years( 3 ). Additionally, UX style is a significant job, not only since you get to work on an item from the within out, however also because– as DMI has revealed– UX design makes a significant impact on services, with UX design-driven services surpassing the S&P index by 228%( 4 ). Where do you discover the right resources to help you make your profession modification? Why, you read one right now.

What is User Experience and User Experience Design?

To start with, let’s have a short introduction to exactly what we indicate by “User Experience”. Products have users, and the user experience (UX) is simply the experience a user has from utilizing that particular item. Far, so excellent?

UX style is the art of creating products so that they supply the optimum possible user experience. If this description sounds broad, it’s since the nature of UX style is quite broad. Developing the maximum UX includes an understanding of psychology, interaction design, user research, and lots of other disciplines, but on top of all of it is

an iterative issue resolving process( however more on that later ). Broadly speaking, user experience can be broken down into 3 elements: the appearance, feel, and

. The look of an item has to do with using visuals to produce a sense of consistency with the user’s worths, which produces and trust with the user. It has to do with creating a product that not just looks nice, however looks right too.

The feel, then, involves making the experience of utilizing a product as pleasant and pleasurable as possible. It’s developed by crafting the interactions between the user and the item, along with the reactions they have when (and after) utilizing the product.

Finally, usability underpins the user experience. Quite just, if an item isn’t really functional, no amount of great appearances can salvage it, and the only feeling users are going to have is anger and disappointment. Ideally, items should be individualized to user’s requirements, and deliver performance in a foreseeable method.

If you’re still not sure whether UX design appeals to you, we’ve got some posts that assist present some of the important parts of UX as a profession:

What Do Web Style and UX Design Have in Common?

The task title “Web Designer” has numerous meanings, and certainly, exactly what a web designer does is mostly reliant on what the customer or project requires. Some web designers just create visual designs and/or high fidelity interactive models of the site, and leave the coding of the site to front-end and back-end designers. The majority of web designers, nevertheless, do get involved with both the developing and (front-end) development of the website. Some web designers even regularly do user research study and screening as part of their jobs (and if you are among them, you’re already nearly ready for a task in UX design).

No matter what your task as a web designer entails, here are some aspects of web design that can likewise be discovered in UX style.

Issue solving

Web designers look to solve problems for their customers; UX designers aim to resolve problems for their users. Web designers deal with a problem resolving procedure: initially, they find out the problems their clients have, then develop a web solution for them, and after that proceed to develop and the website prior to releasing it. And after a website is introduced, web designers typically are included with further screening the site, collecting feedback from users, then restating on the style.

This iterative issue solving procedure resembles the UX design process (displayed in the image below). UX designers start with user research study; it’s vital to get to know the potential users of a product and discover exactly what their problems are, how to resolve them and how to make users desire and/or require that solution. User research study is often done by means of user interviews, observations, market studies , preparing user stories and personalities, and so on. Thereafter, UX designers would develop a design option that solves the user’s key needs, and often bring the prototype back to users to evaluate its validity or usability. After the item is released, UX designers collect more user feedback, which feeds into a new round of user research study, consequently starting the procedure once again.

If you have actually done user research study before as part of your web designer task, you will discover it a terrific advantage when making the switch to UX design. If not, don’t stress– you’ll have numerous opportunities to learn the very best ways to carry out user research study (read on to learn more).

Emotional style

When developing websites, web designers often make use of, and layout to form the feelings of users. A sense of trustworthiness might be established, for circumstances, using darker colors and serif font styles; similarly, a sense of enjoyable could be produced utilizing colorful imagery and spirited typography. Web designers recognize with psychological style; that is, producing designs that elicit emotions from users. UX designers are likewise interested in psychological style, but on a bigger scale– they are concerned with eliciting emotions from users throughout their entire experience of using a product.

To do that, UX designers deal with not just typography and color, but likewise psychology, movement style, content curation and information architecture. Web designers making the modification would innately understand exactly what psychological design in UX entails; they simply have to get brand-new understanding in other areas to augment their ability to do so on a bigger image.

Multi-disciplinary

Website design is a multi-disciplinary task, where you ‘d require not just understanding in design (typography, color theory) but also skills in establishing a site (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). Some web designers are also included in interaction design when they code for and interactions using CSS and/or JavaScript. UX design is also a multi-disciplinary field, but possibly turbo charged in that sense. UX designers have to make usage of knowledge from the locations of psychology, user research study, visual design, and even service to create the

finest UX for their products. The Distinctions between Web Design

and UX Style User-focused vs technology-focused

A large part of your task as a web designer is invested in catching up on the most current developments in HTML, CSS and other coding languages– all of which modification and enhance at a dizzying rate. Which internet browsers support what versions of CSS? Would CSS animations work in Safari on a Mac? Don’t even get me started on Web Explorer! These may be a few questions (and disappointments) that are constantly on your mind as a web designer.But UX style isn’t really worried with innovation. Instead, its focus is centered directly on users– technology is only a method for users to obtain exactly what they need. Only by focusing on users can UX designers develop solutions that deal with the particular needs they have, and ultimately, that users will want to spend for. UX designers do comprehensive user research to learn the most they can about their users, the majority of which most of web designers wouldn’t have had the chance to perform.

UX is more than the web

UX design is platform independent. Its principles and procedures are used to many varied locations outside of web internet browsers: on mobile apps, desktop software application, as well as hardware items and retail spaces. On the other hand, the domain of web style is strictly connected to web internet browsers. This suggests that UX designers are able to find task opportunities not only in up-and-rising fields like tech startups, however also in mature and steady markets like vehicle manufacturers. As long as there’s an item, there’s a requirement for UX– and this actually opens your world of chances.

The Big Advantage of Web Style Experience when Transferring To UX Design

Importance of web design background

The most significant benefit of moving from web design to UX design is the amount of overlap in between the two fields of style. While it’s true that UX design covers more platforms than the web browser, a large part of UX design work is still done on items that are at least partially web-based (consider social networks websites like Facebook and Twitter, web apps like Dropbox, and services like Google). The overlap between website design and UX design is greater if you’ve done some form of user research or iterative process of continuously enhancing a site with user data.

Being proficient in design and site coding terms will likewise give you a boost that can not be overlooked; after all, UX style is a collective procedure where interaction is essential. Having the ability to utilize market terms while talking to your coworkers will definitely put you in a much better location than somebody who originated from a non-design background.

Looks

Your capability to develop gorgeous as a web designer will also be available in convenient when making the switch to UX design. Aesthetic appeals is a great tool to enhance your communications with internal stakeholders. As a UX designer, you have to continuously present your findings and recommendations to internal stakeholders (such as the CEO or product manager), and your capability to produce visually pleasing reports and presentations will maximize the absorption of your bottom lines.

Second of all, aesthetic appeal plays an essential role in UX style. A typical misconception of UX style is that great use surpasses visual appeals– however that is far from real. A research study of more than 2,500 participants by the Stanford Credibility Job showed that almost half of them examined the reliability of websites based on their visual appeal( 5 ). This goes to demonstrate how visual appeals works hand in hand with other factors like use to bring about the maximum user experience of using an item.

Ways to Improve Your Abilities to Make the Dive from Website Design to UX Style

Moving from web design to UX style can often be rather simple, specifically if you have actually done some aspects of user research in your task as a web designer. For other web designers, nevertheless, there is no cause for issue. You’ll have the ability to make the leap if you’ve spent a long time studying UX, practicing some UX abilities during your website design work, and constructing a CV which reveals your understanding of UX style. If you’re questioning where to find out, there are a lot of choices available to you, and we have actually highlighted some of the finest listed below.

Online Courses

Interaction Style Foundation

Don Norman, the cognitive scientist who coined the term “User Experience”, called the Interaction Design Foundation(yes, that’s us )a”goldmine of info on interaction style.” Forbes Publication says that we use “Ivy League level education in UX, Product Design or Human Computer System Interaction.” That education isn’t at an Ivy League level of pricing. As a non-profit organization, we charge a low yearly fee and you get gain access to not simply to all of our online learning, however likewise to the biggest professional style community worldwide. We likewise use a complimentary library of scholastic texts from the design market’s top scientists.

We have three courses (amongst our present offering of 32) that are specifically created to help individuals get in the world of UX style. You’ll find out all locations of UX work and fundamental skills to practice UX work in User Research– Approaches and Best Practices, discover the market best practices of ways to perform correct user research and turn the results of your research into helpful actionon your product. Coursera You might also want to check out Coursera which is a terrific source of online knowing. Their courses, like ours, are developed by leading experts in their

field. Unlike us, however, they do not focus on UX and their courses aren’t always offered, however when they are, they can either be accessed usually for a cost (on a per course basis). Udemy provides a big selection of courses in almost every subject location you can think of. Udemy isn’t really a training service provider, however rather a broker of training developed by people from around the world. As

such,

there’s not much in the method of quality control applied to their courses– while some are definitely dazzling, many are not. Classroom Courses Nielsen Norman Group If you wish to take a look at classroom courses; we recommend sticking with the”big names”of the industry who offer trustworthy and top quality knowing experiences. Among those big names is the Nielsen

Norman Group who are

likewise one of the very best known UX consultancies; they provide a series of classroom based training at numerous places around the globe. They’re not low-cost, but if you prefer not to have online training, they’re a good alternative. You can find the Nielsen Norman Group’s training here. Cooper Cooper, an extremely respected classroom-based training company, likewise supplies class courses on UX style. They’re also not inexpensive, but if you’re going to do class learning, it’s never going to be as affordable as online learning. They do, however, offer a great series of places to learn in

as part

of their service. You can discover more about Cooper’s training here. University Courses If you have actually got lots of cash and time, you could proceed and get a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree at a university. There isn’t really, as of yet, a “UX-only”degree course, and the majority of related degrees

have the tendency to concentrate on Human Computer Interaction. 2 examples of this

kind of program are: University is not a low cost option, both in the sense of your money and time you’ll be investing in it. You’ll wish to weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of a university course extremely thoroughly before you decide to go this route. For example, here’s how we break down the total expenses of a 4-year university degree: HSBC, as reported by Top Universities,

found that the typical US-based university education costs $36,564 a year(6). That includes tuition fees along with living costs. For a 4-year degree, this amounts to$146,256– and that’s not counting the costs( such as interest)of

getting a loan for your studies. Then there’s the chance cost of quitting work and costs 4

years at university. That is, the income you’ll forgo when studying full-time at a university. According to the United States Census, a non-graduate earns approximately$27,351 per year(7 ). Over 4 years, that total up to$109,404 that might have been made if you had actually been working. Summing up the real expense and

chance expense offers you the overall cost: a whopping$255,660! If you believe that all the choices are puzzling, you may want start by taking a look at the return on financial investment from each type of learning. We have actually got a short article here that analyzes

the return on investment from each of the knowing types pointed out above. Networking The best method to find operate in any field is to use a little within knowledge and get some help from those individuals already doing what you desire to do. This utilized to be hard work, however today you can just get online and get networking. We ‘d suggest LinkedIn to anybody looking to do some expert networking; sign up with UX groups and join the discussion. Don’t simply leap in and request for work– demonstrate your worth first and assist people, and look for work only after you have actually built relationships. The< a href= "https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/topics/interaction-design-foundation"title="Exactly what is Interaction Style Structure?"> Interaction Design Foundation likewise uses networking chances to both members and non-members. Our members are able to perform highly specific networking through pre-designed online forums that permit partnership between big groups of designers. Both members and non-members can likewise attend our regional groups’neighborhood occasions, which are completely complimentary to attend. You can learn more about the local groups here. You might likewise think of getting involved with the design neighborhood’s leadership by connecting with them on social media. We’ve provided a list of twenty terrific designers here that you can communicate with online; you can expand that list as much as you like with a little

Google work. Mentoring and Feedback We’ve found that you can make a career modification more easily if you can discover somebody to mentor you and offer feedback on your efforts. You can, obviously, source a coach from your existing professional network if you understand someone who enjoys to take the function on. If you believe that’s not going to work for you, members of the< a href="https://www.interaction-design.org/design-league">

Interaction Design Structure

‘s Style League have access our network of UX style experts and see a coach from that network. The Remove It isn’t difficult to move from website design to UX style. You can construct on your existing skills through a procedure of education and select the type of education that fits you best. Afterwards, you can put that finding out into practice as a web designer. Fortunately is you currently speak the language of style so as soon as you have a little practice in UX, you’re going

to be all set to transition your profession into UX style and join the fastest growing part of the design profession on the planet today.

Source

https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/how-to-change-your-career-from-web-design-to-ux-design

EU Cookie Law Explained

On May 2011, the EU Cookie Law was imported to the United Kingdom. What is this law all about and what does it mean for online users like you?

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a piece of text file containing your data when you visit any website. It is used by many websites to tailor-fit their browsing experience according to what you want, what you need, and what you’ve been searching for online

It’s not as rare as you think. Popular social media websites like Facebook and YouTube use cookies to show you what you want to see, and therefore creating more traffic for their websites.

The EU Cookie Law

The EU Cookie Law is a law which protects the privacy of online user online. It also repels unwanted online marketing. It mandates all websites to have a website cookie notice first before they start collecting cookies from your computer.

The law was imported to the UK on May 2011, and the government has given all website a year to comply with what it has mandated. On May 2012, all websites should have complied with what is necessitated by the law in order for them to avoid getting shut down. A website cookie notice should pop-up before you start browsing a website. Otherwise, they would have violated the law and could be subjected to legal prosecution.

Why Do You Need It?

You need the EU Cookie Law to protect your privacy online. Have you ever felt like you are being “stalked” because a certain website shows exactly what you want to see? That’s because of the cookies they have received from your computer. It should be within your rights to be free from that feeling. Before a website takes information for you, it is only right that they ask for permission first through a website cookie notice.

You also need the EU Cookie Law to protect you from unwanted online marketing. Today, where online marketing is at an all-time high, it cannot be avoided that websites would take advantage of cookies to try to show you what you want to see. It, then, leads you to action whether to visit the website or to purchase something from that website, consequently allowing them to generate more income.

 

It’s also important because it helps to lessen spam e-mails from your e-mail address. There are cases when websites would take your e-mail address and forward them to companies whose service they feel would benefit you. Spam e-mails are not only annoying; they may even pose potential threats to your computer.

 

The EU Cookie Law aims to protect you from all the risks that come with browsing the Internet. As website designers, we only want the best for you, and we want to protect your privacy. That is why we always make sure that each website we create has a website cookie notice, not only to comply with the law but also to make sure that you and your users are safe online.

Why you need a VPN in 2017

In today’s cyber world, the internet users are exposed to a number of cyber security threats. Snooping and hacking, especially, have become increasingly common and online privacy has become a rare commodity. As an icing on the cake, the UK government introduced a bill named ‘UK ISP Internet Snooping Act’ last year which would now allow intelligence agencies and the police to snoop or hack into anyone’s computer. With mere to no resistance from the parliament or the common people, this bill ‘Extreme Surveillance’ is only one of the many reasons why the internet users need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in 2017 to get most of their privacy back. To educate you about VPNs and online privacy, here are a few essential reasons Why ShouldYou Use a VPN in 2017:

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  1. Prevention from Tracking of Data: The simplest yet most essential thing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) does is that it prevents your data from being tracked. You can safely surf the internet, make calls, send emails, and even use your social media account securely. A VPN also prevents search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo from tracking and saving your search queries.
  2. Safety and Security on Public Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi are always tempting because they are open and free. But these sorts of independent networks come with a number of cyber security threats, hacking, snooping, and data theft being on the top of the list. A VPN, on the other hand, makes the network secure for you to safely surf the internet and keep your data safe.
  3. Bypass the Internet Censorship: Many countries including the UK place internet censorship as a crackdown on unwanted websites. But if you still want to visit such sites then a VPN would allow you to bypass such censorships and make the whole internet open for you.
  4. Safe Uploads to the Cloud: If your device, be it a laptop or mobile device, has been snooped then whatever you upload to the cloud can be tracked and even stolen. But the use of a VPN secures all such uploads and brings back the much-needed privacy for all the internet users.
  5. Private Downloads: If you download torrents but don’t want your ISP to be logged then using a VPN might work wonders for you. Because a number of law companies are always on the lookout for users who share content on the internet so that such law companies can accuse such users of copyright infringement. Most of the times, their accusations turn out to be false and baseless.
  6. Prevention from UK ISP Internet Snooping Act: As mentioned earlier the post, the UK ISP Internet Snooping Act is a real thing and you would definitely want to keep your online privacy instead of giving it away to intelligence agencies and the police. Therefore, a VPN would keep you safe and secure.
  7. Because Online Privacy is Your Basic Right: Finally, you must have a VPN because online privacy is the basic right of each and every citizen of the world. Happy surfing!

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Facebook’s Success Dissected

The Psychology behind Likes, Shares, Et Al

Ever noticed that when you log in to Facebook to send a mail to someone or set a reminder for an event, you end up getting lost in trivial tasks such as browsing notifications, liking images or reading silly posts? And despite your highest levels of dedication and awesome will power, you simply can’t help deviate from your original duties, right? Many at times, it also tends to happen if you’re doing something else and happen to come across Facebook. So, why do we find Facebook so addictive that we don’t mind wasting hours of precious time?

Well, according to various forms of research and experiments, experts have determined that our addiction to Facebook might not be an addiction at all, nor is it some sort of mystery anymore. There are apparently a variety of psychological and marketing tactics that get us hooked onto Facebook like sheep!

Researchers have indeed identified various trends in the way we perform major actions on Facebook. These include posting, sharing, liking, commenting and of course, stalking! They have discovered that there is a whole different level of psychology that goes into making Facebook the unending abyss of life that it is. Now, let’s take a look at the various aspects of Facebook’s psychology, so that we know what turns sensible web users into mindless trolls who continuously post, share and like stuff on the social media platform.

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Http 2 update

HTTP set to receive major update after 16 years with HTTP/2

http2-httpThe HTTP protocol happens to be one of the most fundamental and oldest elements of the World Wide Web and remains embedded in almost all the domains found on the Internet. However, it is set to receive an important update soon and the new version has already received approval. It is just a matter of time before the new update, officially named the HTTP/2 gets completely standardized. The update is the outcome of a lot of toil and research and has been in the works for numerous years. Upon its widespread adoption, the HTTP protocol will no longer be in use and will effectively be replaced by the HTTP/2 which is directly going to affect all the users on the Internet. No fixed date for the implementation of the new update has been announced and it could be months or even years before this new protocol becomes widely adopted throughout the globe. However, there is no doubt that when the HTTP protocol does get updated, it is going to set the stage for a quicker, more secure and more robust Internet experience for the users.

The development of the new HTTP/2 protocol can be credited to the IETF HTTP Working Group as well as Mark Nottingham, who happens to be the chairman of the group. The latter stated in his blog that the standard for the new update has been finalized and all that it is left is to go through the tiresome editorial process before it can be published all over the Internet.

Word around the Internet is that Google had an important role to play in the process of development for the new protocol. There are several reports which suggest that even though the main developer of the HTTP/2 protocol is the IETP HTTP Working Group, the foundation of the new protocol is the SPDY protocol introduced by Google, which results in more efficient and smoother communication between the server and the client, thereby resulting in a reduction in latency and offering improved security features. Both of these factors are integral to the online browsing experience of the user since they contribute to faster load times of web pages. Continue reading Http 2 update

Does More Mobile Apps Mean Web Sites Are Less Relevant?

Apps have their place, but biz sites need long form information dissemination and complex sales decision not usually suitable from within a mobile app

The battle for relevance between mobile apps and web sites is officially “on”. There are those who believe that apps are the thing of the future and web sites have seen their best days. There are others who think that apps while useful don’t replace a commercial web site for useful presentation of complete information to visitors and sales prospects in an easily expandable manner.

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Unforgettable web design principles

Unforgettable web design principlesThe design of a website makes or breaks a company nowadays. It won’t matter if a website has a ton of useful information and is packed with features if the design is clunky. A badly designed website will put off prospective clients, especially with competition so high these days. The perspective of website design has changed from what looks good to what is easy to use. Usability and utility reign supreme, and everything else revolves around it. A well made website shuns superfluous, clunky elements and streamlines all navigation.

To properly cater to a need, first we must examine the need itself. Thus, first we will examine what the market wants out of a good website, what attracts it and what need we will be fulfilling. Customer behavior is our first focus. This will drive the basic principles we might adhere to when we design a website.

Customer Behavior – the shiniest guiding light for designers

Customers do not read or examine the full website on their first visit. Like a recruiter spending about 6 seconds on each CV, a customer merely glances over the website and navigates away from each page as soon as some outgoing link catches their interest. The new page is subjected to the same treatment unless it is deemed satisfactory. If it is, users go back to the page they came from and continue to scan it.

Most users are willing to bear advertisements and bad design if the website or webpage they are looking at is high quality. High quality content is prized, and this is one area you should not compromise on. Also, it is important to remember that users scan through web content, they rarely read the entire print. Thus, it is important to break up the text to make it easier for them to find the content they are looking for. Continue reading Unforgettable web design principles

Choosing a great web host

Web Hosting UKThe Internet is a vast network of virtual space, just waiting to be grabbed by enterprising businesses, who want to catch the eye of their target audience while extending their own reach. The Internet being an entirely virtual medium, is both an extremely useful and an extremely dangerous place. When choosing a web host, it is important, therefore, to keep a number of factors in mind. Make an informed decision, and look at the following aspects of your web host carefully before you take the plunge:

Price – the bank is where it hurts the most
The first and most important aspect which most people consider, when selecting a Web hosting site, is to look at the price. One should not jump at the cheapest available host, but go into the details of the offer. Look at the various features that a particular host offers. Features like hardware support and non-outsources tech support cost money, and a site charging minimal prices will probably not be offering these services, which you may require for your web-site. Often the start-up price may be low, but the space you get may not be up to your needs. Therefore, it is imperative to first check if your requirements are being met by the host, and then compare prices between different hosts. The cheapest offer then available for comparative services should be the one which you decide in favor of.
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Weave persuasive SEO centric web content

Search Engine OptimisationSEO, or content marketing as it is now becoming widely known, is slowly increasing in importance in marketing campaigns. With Google changing its authorship algorithms, and reducing authorship snippets by 15%, competition to produce the highest quality content has seen a huge markup. Thus, the quality of the content has started to matter as well as the level of SEO optimization it has undergone. As competition increases, the content has to be persuasive at many levels in order to persuade readers to buy what they are selling.

The essentials of persuasion

Persuasion techniques usually fall into set categories. They are –

  • reciprocity
  • consistency
  • social proof
  • liking
  • authority
  • scarcity.

First we examine reciprocity. Here, one has to offer someone, a client in this case, some of value so that they reciprocate by giving the seller cash or their interest in return. In a service scenario, the content producers are offering content that will enhance the life of the content consumers, and in turn get page views, reputation and other non-quantifiable services from them. Continue reading Weave persuasive SEO centric web content

The businessman’s web design guide

The businessman's web design guideImpressive designs are not enough to make your e- commerce website successful. If you decide to be smart and see what the successful ones are doing well, you’re sure to pick up some tips to improve your web store’s performance. In the world of online trading, innovations are always welcome, but the bulk of the impression will depend on just a few indispensible elements. When creating an e- commerce platform, or improving on one, business owners must think from the consumers’ perspective and ascertain that their website succeeds in delivering what the consumers precisely look. Read on to know the ingredients that can make your e- commerce flourish. Let’s spill the beans and tell you about the ‘indispensable elements’ that can eventually send the cash registers ringing with better customer conversion, retention and selling.

User friendly interface
A website that’s difficult to understand, cumbersome to navigate and has way too many graphics and unnecessary pop ups on the page stands good chance of being rejected by users. By and large, your users look forward to online shopping because of its ease, time- saving and hassle free nature. Thus, e- commerce should help facilitate the process and this is possible with a site that offers quick navigation, filters for enhanced search, quick payment options and everything else that makes your users comfortable being on your site for long. Remember, the longer you make them stay, the more stuff they’re likely to buy from you, but the longer you make them wait, they’d prefer moving out. So it’s important to understand the thin line between making them stay with a friendly interface and making them wait due to the cumbersomeness of the page. The number of users who shop using their mobile devices is growing, so make sure your website design and interface is compatible and accessible fully with these devices. Continue reading The businessman’s web design guide

Off Peg Design Review

Bespoke – A Better Web Design For A Customized Web Page And For Benefits In The Long Run

Off The Peg web designweb designer essex is a leading company in the UK which is contributing to the field of web designing and development since the year 2001. The company uses only premium UK website hosting for all its sites and offers in house search engine optimisation and marketing campaigns. As Peg designs company offers customized, tailor made web design solutions for both local and national businesses, it is important to know why a customized web page has to be created to bring-in success to your business.

Why Is It Important to Create A Web Page For Your Business?
It is well understood that today online marketing, online business, and online information search is the most popular tool available for almost anything, making the whole world a global village. Therefore, if a person wants to refer to a business, his first step is to search it up on the internet. There is no assurance to say what other people might post about your company or about related details. This is where the importance arises, as the first impression of a customer matters a lot. If you have a well-built website which provides all our details, the customer unknowingly builds up a trust, and from there onwards you gain yourself a potential buyer.

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How To Create Landing Pages That Deliver

cute-18716A landing page is often a confusing term where not everyone is sure what it even means. It is a specific page designed for a targeted purpose when a visitor first visits a web site, often following a promotion.

For instance, if a site owner buys a Google AdWords advert for the purpose of driving traffic to sign up to their email newsletter for more information about their products, then the ad should direct visitors to the landing page for the email opt-in and not directly to the home page.

A landing page should be designed with a goal in mind whether that is to build an email list of visitors, promote a product or showcase a new service launch. In this way, new visitors are carefully funnelled through to the focused area that the site owner wishes to use to get their desired outcome, i.e. email newsletter opt-in landing pages have higher sign-up rates that when visitors just arrive at the home page. Continue reading How To Create Landing Pages That Deliver

Sportify – Gym WordPress Theme (Health & Beauty)

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