Upgrading your website to Yootheme

As of 2016 all cg-works! websites are to be Warp Theme Framework on WordPress.

As most of you will know cg-works! websites were previously developed on joomla 2.5. Support for this platform ended in December 2014! So there have been no more security updates since. The update to joomla 3.0 posed a risk based on the fact that the templates were design in Artisteer for the joomla 2.5 framework. So there was a need to consider redesign. Some customer websites were also not adapting effectively on mobile and tablet devices which created the need for adding GoMobi to their hosting. This not only created more work in developing and updating 2 platforms but also comes at additional cost.

With most clients wanting hands-on access after development the WordPress platform seemed the best choice in moving forward. After discovering the Yootheme developers who create amazing templates for WordPress the choice was clear. However, should a client wish to remain on a joomla platform this can be arranged as all Yootheme templates are designed for both joomla and WordPress.
If your website is currently still joomla 2.5 and I have not been in touch discuss this upgrade I will do so shortly.

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Important mailbox update

On Monday 22nd February 2016, Fasthosts will disable support for CRAM-MD5 in-line with industry standards. This applies to both standard and PLUS mailboxes.

This is a great news as your mailboxes will now be much more secure with SSL encryption: SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.

Before that date, you can still use your existing settings on your various devices. However, if you haven’t changed them at some point before this date, you will no longer be able to access your email. While we don’t expect you to encounter any problems when changing your settings, we do suggest making a note of your alterations. Then if anything does go wrong, you can then switch back and still access your email. The necessary changes are simple to make on your computers, phones and tablets. The steps on how to do this can be found HERE.


Managing mailbox passwords

On the subject of email I have had a number of requests to change mailbox passwords. As you know accessing your mailbox is easy with the Outlook web app at
https://webmail.fasthosts.co.uk/. This is also where you can set automatic-reply’s if you need to. Just look for OPTIONS top-right of the browser.

However, if you want to change passwords and set fww’s you need to access the main control panel of your mailbox here:
http://mcp.livemail.co.uk/Auth/Login. This is also a great place to see how full your mailbox is! Those with standard free mailboxes often reach their limit of 100mb, so this a good way to keep your eye on it!

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