Is your website ready for the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation? [Quick overview and WordPress checklist]

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become enforceable from 25 May 2018 onward. It’s important to note that the GDPR doesn’t just apply to organizations located within the EU but also those collecting data of EU citizens.
 
 
Is your website in compliance?
 
Quick checklist for WordPress websites (this is not intended to be a comprehensive list):
– Jetpack has confirmed that they are preparing for the GDPR, and further updates would appear in their new privacy related features.
 
– Do you have a contact form like Contact Form 7? Can visitors comment on your website? Forum? Chat? You may need an additional plugin to be in compliance. The following plugin may help: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-gdpr-compliance/
 
– E-commerce? Woocommerce for wordpress is a top pick and they’ve compiled a resource: https://woocommerce.com/2017/12/gdpr-compliance-woocommerce/
 
– Email newsletter? Are you up to date there? Mailchimp is my favorite and here is their info on what they are doing to prepare. If you use a 3rd party plugin you may need to take additional steps: https://blog.mailchimp.com/getting-ready-for-the-gdpr/

Moving your account from Feedburner to Google

I’ve been trying to move my account from Feedburner to Google for the last few days. Apparently according to their update blog, they’ve temporarily suspended moving: http://feedburnerstatus.blogspot.com/

I searched the web for solutions because I didn’t want to wait until the last minute and came up with a few things but most things said to click on the “Move your account now” link when logged into feedburner … which at the moment doesn’t exist.

Somewhere I found the following link but not the following instructions.

Looks like if you:
1) log into your feedburner account
2) log into the google account you want to transfer to
3) then click on the following link you can still make the transfer.
https://feedburner.google.com/migration/start.action?hl=en

If you have multiple feedburner and google accounts make sure you log into the correct ones.

Since google isn’t doing a good job about notifying people what’s going on I didn’t want to wait around til the last minute.

I really think google is messing this transition up. No e-mail notice about requiring customers to manually go in and make this change? Seriously? And it’s required: https://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?answer=126303 February 28th, 2009 is the cutoff.

800×600 resolution and the web

Reasons to still design a website for 800×600 resolution:

  • A few people still have old computers that don’t have a higher resolution.
  • A few people still choose to stay with the 800×600 resolution for eyesight reasons.
  • Despite the fact that many people have higher resolutions available to them with their newer computers, computers often ship with the setting at 800×600 and people don’t change them (either because they don’t know they have the option to change them or they don’t know how.)
  • And this last one defies any of the statistics you may have seen to prove my points otherwise: people don’t always browse at the full screen size. I know I don’t often because I like to multi-task. So although the screen is set at a higher resolution I’m browsing the web at a smaller size.