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Communicate with Video – Immediate News Survey

What do you think? The Bleachingfield Community Centre Management Committee (Dunbar) wants to gauge interest in a novel project called Immediate News. This is a pilot in conjunction with the Ourlocality community website publishing platform (a Sustaining Dunbar project). What is Immediate News? A video and Internet-based local issues communication tool, for sharing news stories and/or hyperlocal campaigns, fund raisers etc. It will empower individuals, groups and communities looking to improve their areas and lives, especially where there are pockets of deprivation. Training will be provided, with learned skills boosting self-esteem and transferable to other projects. We’d like to know … If...

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To lump or to split?

“It is good to have hair-splitters and lumpers.” —Charles Darwin Unless you are a compulsive organiser, filing is a chore. And so is putting your news posts in right category. Making sense of piles or files isn’t always straightforward. The difference between a pile and a file is often quite subtle. If you know a hoarder whose pile you’ve just re-organised, you’ll know exactly what I mean. In many circumstances someone’s piles are in fact as good as files, so long as they don’t have to share the kitchen table with your family or work colleagues. At the other extreme,...

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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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