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How to reliably send email from your website

How to reliably send email from your website

Solving email delivery problems Almost all websites need to send out emails for one reason or another, the most common reason being your contact form, but there are plenty of other emails which website owners often do not consider when checking email deliverability, such as:- Notifications to your blog or newsletter subscribers. Plugin notificationsNotifications, warnings or reports from your security pluginscomments on blog postsRegister emailsPassword reset emails There are many issues which...

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Google Find My Device not working

Google Find My Device not working

Ever since Google updated its "find my device" page for Android a couple of years ago, it has not been working for us. We would still get the old version of the page with a message saying "This page cannot load Google maps correctly". Google find my device page Clicking on the "try the new and updated find my device" link, would just redirect back to this same page. The issue only affected my g suite account but not my regular, free, gmail account. I tried contacting Google support back when I...

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Google discriminates against small businesses

Google discriminates against small businesses

Part of getting your business seen online is SEO, and an important part of this is getting your business registered with Google my business and Google maps.

Not only have I had to do this for my own business and my wife’s business but it is a service I provide to clients. When it works, this is a simple process, which involves Google sending a postcard to the business address with a code on it, which you then use to verify the business address.

However, sometimes the postcard doesn’t turn up, or some miscreant might report your listing and claim it is fraudulent or misleading and gets it suspended for review, at which point you have to contact Google my business support and request manual verification, which is where things get ridiculous.

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My Facebook account was disabled, WTF?

My Facebook account was disabled, WTF?

I got a big shock this week, I went to login to my facebook account only to be met with the dreaded "Account disabled" message.Why the heck had my account been disabled? I was very confused at first since I had received no warning or notifications and I could not think of any reason why. Then later that day, I got an automated email from Facebook. The short answer, because their AI (Automated Idiot) system is seriously flawed, screwed up, and incorrectly banned me for copyright infringement...

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How to create a privacy policy for your website

How to create a privacy policy for your website

Privacy policies are one of the most overlooked aspects of most websites. If you stop to look around most of the popular sites you visit, you’ll find they all have unique privacy policies (though the specific page’s traffic is usually low). Even so, these documents are important if you want your website to comply with local and international regulations. More importantly, you don’t need to be a lawyer to add a thorough privacy policy to your website. In this article, we’ll talk more about why...

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Add MariaDB support to MSP Control

Add MariaDB support to MSP Control

I have recently been setting up MSP Control (formerly WebsitePanel) on my new CFML Developer server. Unfortunately, it doesn't support MariaDB out of the box and so won't detect if you have it installed. Fortunately, this is an easy hack. Open up your MSPControl database in SSMS, and open the providers table. Now find the MySQL providerID that matches your MariaDB install i.e. MySQL 5.7 for MariaDB 10.1 Now add a new entry into the SERVICES table, using the providerID you got from the last...

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Why ColdFusion is not suited to shared hosting

Why ColdFusion is not suited to shared hosting

This is a topic I have found myself explaining a lot over the years, not just to customers but to developers as well, and one thing I can say with absolutely certainly from dealing with hundreds of developers of all levels over the years, from newbs to gurus, is that most devs in general do not really understand how things work on the server (they know how to write code and upload it to the server) and most CF devs additionally don’t understand how ColdFusion really works and how/why it...

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