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|Wordfence||“Live Traffic” cookie:||To determine if someone is a human or bot, identify repeat visitors and display this in the Live Traffic feed.|
|Country Blocking:||Only when set Wordfence will block countries accessing the site.|
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We have an awesome New Website!
It has been a great few years! However to promote and maximise the potential for the Red Lodge Business Directory new website, we needed to make changes. I am delighted to make the following announcements:- First off, and most importantly to help with the future of the Directory, I have now teamed up with the talented and amazing Soo Smart of Double S Design. I first met Soo last year as I needed to join forces with someone who would be able to help with, maintain and develop the back end of the Directory. I’d often seen Soo being recommended online and since our very first meeting, I knew she’d be instrumental in taking the Directory forward to the next level. The second announcement is that the Directory has a new home. We’ve left behind the old HTML platform and have rid ourselves of those horrible tables. Say goodbye to the past and hello to the future of the Directory, with a new website built with WordPress. It was absolutely necessary to take the Directory to the next level so that we could engage the listings better visually and in a much clearer and professional way. The new platform enables […]
We are growing every day, more Likes and more businesses
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Recommended, reliable, local, trusted, keen to help – just some of the words used to describe the amazing businesses and services in Red Lodge! It’s time to highlight these, all in one convenient place, just for you. Say “Hello!” to the new and amazing Red Lodge Business Directory My name is Alex Redgrave When I first moved to Red Lodge, I joined the local community group on Facebook. Every day so many local residents would be on the lookout for trades people, health and beauty products, accountants – the list went on and on. I mentioned to a member that I had designed websites in my teens, and was asked if I would design and build a Directory for those local businesses and services. It all began one evening in my front room I was using a very out-dated type of design software – but hey, it managed to build a website so it was good enough for me at the time. So, I created a post in the community group and within just a few weeks we had over 100 businesses listed, the Directory was born and word was spreading fast. My main aim was to help the local […]