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  1. BIG Mike

    Compressing images

    Another decent tool is https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ - one of the things I like about this one is that it will automatically optimize images and minify CSS and JS and zip them up ready for download (near the bottom of the page after running Insights). For my own scripts, I prefer doing it (optimizing) as part of the upload process using PHP's GD Library - the results are always excellent.
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    To HTTPS or not to HTTPS?

    Paraphrasing what Mike said, needing SSL is becoming inevitable and it's really not just Google pushing for it anymore - I'm seeing a general push towards it everywhere. Fortunately, there is some middle ground here, where you could try phasing in SSL. What I mean by that is that typically, we'd add SSL and then slap a global 301 redirect in htaccess or the server blocks and call it done, but it doesn't have to happen that way. What you can try to do is add SSL (without the global redirect) and then modify your internal linking over time, starting with pages that aren't producing or are low producers. As you do this, modify your sitemap to reflect the changes as well. Depending on the volume of pages, you can also do individual 301 redirects in htaccess or the server blocks for those pages. You should start using SSL on any new back links you're making too. This gives you the best of both worlds - it leaves your non-SSL pages running normally, so SERPS won't be impacted all at once. This is more of a trial and error approach, but it moves you in the right direction without any major impact on your site overall.
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    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    Given everything you've posted, my next question is, why are you killing yourself trying to come up with a solution on your own? The EU clearly doesn't have the infrastructure to go after every website that violates their legislation and even if they did, I doubt they'd even give you a second look. The EU in terms of the GDRP is focused on major corporations doing business with EU citizens, i.e.; Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc.. Remember their big announcement that you have to collect taxes (VAT) for EU customers? How did that work out? Big companies comply, while everyone else gives them the finger, LOL.
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    Opinions wanted please

    This makes good sense too!
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    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    Instead of trying to isolate and focus on just EU users, why not make it a global solution? Things are heading in that direction anyways, and it overcomes the problems of EU users visiting through proxies.
  6. BIG Mike

    Opinions wanted please

    What about a collage of the seasonal holidays, against a winter background?
  7. You're absolutely one of three awesome women I know on this forum
  8. BIG Mike

    GDRP Wordpress Solution

    Because this is a legal issue, I have to ask the hard question - when you say it's 99.999% complying with EU cookie laws and the GDRP, who made that determination?
  9. Yeah, and I keep telling her she needs to spend time at the gym to tone up those putty muscles, LOL
  10. Still, you can't beat a classic beauty
  11. See, now I feel just the opposite - when I had a library (as well as extensive music and video collections), those were immensely personal to me and not shared with others. But then again, I've never much cared one way or the other about what people think of me (aside from my immediate family). I like myself for who I am and don't need or want to make statements to others about who I am. It's probably another reason why I prefer electronic media - my digital library is private and only accessible by me (and my family). Space is also an issue - until some of the rugrats grow up, get married and move out, I just don't have the room here for storing more than a handful of books. Works perfectly...what's (who's) the problem? Hehehehehe
  12. From your picture, I wouldn't consider you old....now Theresa, she's a different story, LOL
  13. Before moving to Greece in 2002, my personal library had more than 2K books - hardcovers, paperbacks, antiques, special editions, etc., and I never thought I'd ever enjoy reading books electronically. I was wrong... When I got my first Kindle about 9 or 10 years ago, I was kind of iffy about it. I like holding a book in my hands, I like collecting books, but most importantly, I like reading books. Kindle opened up a way for me to almost always ensure I had something new to read. These days I use a tablet and an eReader app - I read 5 or 6 books a week and if it's 2 am and I need something new, I can pop over to Amazon and get whatever catches my eye. While I certainly understand the results of the study, and why your particular book sells better printed than electronically, I suspect that ultimately, printed books will go by the wayside to some extent. What I mean by this, is I would always like the option of ordering a printed copy, but for most of the material I consume, electronic is better, faster and far more convenient. I do think that children's books will always fair well in printed form, but consider this - my youngest daughter (3 years old), can turn on a phone or tablet, find an app for YouTube, search for and find "Peppa The Pig" and "Baby TV" and watch them all on her own. She's been doing that for nearly a year now, including downloading games from Google Play - while she likes books (sort of), she clearly prefers electronic formats. I think a fair analogy is to look at what the web did to news media - newspapers going out of business altogether because folks want to get their news online. While it will take longer for books, it's bound to happen...
  14. BIG Mike

    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Well done Terra and congratulations on seeing all your hard work pay off - you're an inspiration to all of us!
  15. Not being a smartass here, but getting 3 spams a day isn't being "Bombarded", LOL. Most likely, one person stumbled across the form and added it to a bot to automatically submit the form with the Amazon link. But, prepare for it to spread and really get bombarded eventually. As was mentioned, adding some form of CAPTCHA is always a good idea for online forms. You can probably set up some rules in your email client to automatically move them from your inbox to spam. Honestly? Reporting them is going to turn into a time suck and a lost cause. I don't bother with this any more...just not worth it.

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