Author: @ourlocality

Jetpack and your Privacy

We just got an email in from the good people at, run by Automattic, who among other things nurture the software that we love from As we allow our users to connect to JetPack services through a account, we thought we’d let you know. Some users may connect through an OurLocality account rather than their own, so will not have received any notification, which goes something like: We want to give you more information about how we collect and use personal information — in a more organized and readable format. You are receiving this email because...

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It is snowing again

Sites hosted on OurLocality Free Website Hosting Platform based in East Lothian may have a light snow fall from today, which incidentally seems to follow your mouse. Seasonal snow – like so many other good things you can find on OL – will stop of its own accord on January 4th 2018. If you cannot wait to see the end of it or there is no snow and you are bored try: Dashboard > Settings > General Snow Show falling snow on my blog until January 4th The last roll-out of WP saw the CSS editor and Site Customizer...

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When was the last time you switched?

Switched template that is. Now might be a good time, especially if your site was built before smart phone’s were quite so widespread. With WordPress 4.9, released a few hours ago, this should be a great deal easier. New features are designed to smooth design workflow and keep you safe from error, so what’s under the bonnet? For content creators: design drafts, scheduling, and locking, along with preview links, the Customizer workflow improves collaboration. For developers: code syntax highlighting and error checking will make for a clean and smooth site building experience. Finally, there’s a new Gallery widget and...

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Did you know? 2) @ourlocality posts your news but not your pages

Thankfully @ourlocality won’t tell the whole world via its syndication services: and twitter that you’ve just published a new ‘Page’ on your website. Only ‘Posts’ get spun out. There are, however, some small differences in the way that the syndication services work. If you subsequently change a post, the snippet or the post title, it WILL automatically get updated on our East Lothian Local News Aggregator site. The twitter feed, on the other hand, won’t get fired again, so any updates that you make won’t show there unless you get there before the starting gun, usually fifteen minutes after you...

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Did you know? 1) @ourlocality syndicates your news to twitter

Did you know that all your news gets re-published not just @ News.Ourlocality.Org but also on twitter @ourlocality? The News site first aggregates all published posts from the OurLocality network and then pushes it to twitter, after a short delay, which gives you a little time to correct typos and stuff. There’s a few reasons why this may not happen: your site is not public or searchable you have never created an event or post your posts are still draft or you restricted access (the private flag) you only update a static news page or other static pages If...

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