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All about Cookies

Following on from my previous article about the new EU Cookie Law, many will be asking what exactly is a Cookie ?

Cookies are simple text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website for the first time.

They contain information about your computer and generally do not include any personal data at all. They cannot be used to infect your device with viruses or malware etc.

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Why can’t I see my new web page ?

man on phone to support deskOne of the most common questions I get asked quite regularly after carrying out modifications or additions to a clients website is “Why can’t I see my new web page ?” I thought it would be useful to explain why this is and how to resolve it.

The “Techy” bit

When you visit a website for  the first time, your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.) communicates with the server (where the website is hosted)  which then sends a copy of the page and all its contents to your browser which it then displays for you to read.

Web pages contain a lot of content (e.g. words, images etc), made up of lots of  separate files so each of these needs to be downloaded to your browser individually before it can display the page. This is why sometimes you notice it takes a while to display everything, particularly if you have large images.

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