GDPR – An Overview

Client Login GDPR – An Overview Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you cannot have missed the hot-topic of the moment, GDPR. But what exactly is it, who will be affected and where do you start?. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect next May, 2018, and will impact every organisation that collects, stores and uses personal data from EU citizens. Context It has been nearly 20 years since the UK’s data protection laws were last updated, (Data Protection Act 1998) and since then, the digital landscape has changed completely. The GDPR is being introduced to update these existing laws and will extends the rights of individuals around the use of their data, requiring organisations to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data. Who will be affected by the GDPR? Any company that markets goods or services to EU residents, regardless of its location, is subject to the regulation. Where do I start? There is any amount of information about GDPR on the web and at Sotic we receive at least 3 or 4 emails a day from companies or individuals advertising their services in this area. We would advise our clients to seek some advice as these regulations will apply right across your business, not just in relation to your website or your marketing department. However, before you engage a consultant or a firm to advise you, it’s worth doing some research into GDPR (the regulation itself is made up of 11 articles and 91 chapters) and how your organisation may be affected so that you’re not coming...

New website launched for Aberdeen Football Club

Client Login New website launched for Aberdeen Football Club Sotic has unveiled a brand new website for Scottish Premiership side, Aberdeen FC We have been partnering The Dons on digital since 2014 and the new site, which is our second for the club, was a ground-up redesign and build on Sotic’s super-charged version of the WordPress CMS. www.afc.co.uk With over 50% of traffic to the AFC website coming via mobile device we designed mobile-first, and the responsive design produces a fast site with a sleek and modern look and feel and an easy user journey. The site was six months in the making, from the early research phase to launch, and cements AFC’s position at the top of the league in terms of digital offering. Here’s a few of the highlights. Design The design is clean and simple, visually appealing and polished while remaining true to AFC’s brand identity. We used an agile methodology for the wireframes so that the user experience on different screen sizes is optimised and both text and visual content have been carefully balanced to improve user experience and readability. Speed Responsive images on the site mean more efficient loading, optimised to screen width and device. We load only the necessary technical resources required to render a particular page using conditional front-end asset loading (CSS & Javascript files) as well as lazy loading for a variety of features that are below the fold. Matchcentre & Statistics The matchcentre for each game is a vital hub for supporters with the match overview, preview, report, related news and media, team formation and statistics all just a click...

Sotic presenting at BigWP meetup – London 7th December

Client Login Sotic presenting at BigWP meetup – London 7th December Sotic are delighted to have been invited to present at the next Big WP meetup in London on Thursday 7th Dec at Twitter HQ. The BigWP meetup is open to developers, product managers and editorial teams who work on high-traffic or high-profile WordPress sites and we have been invited to share our experiences of using WordPress to power the British & Irish Lions’ digital platform for their tour to New Zealand earlier this year. Amongst other areas, our lead front end developer Dan Drave will be discussing how we delivered a fast, sustainable WP site and how we married our software with WordPress to create a Sports CMS. More from the Latest Record Breaking Wales Rally (FIA World Rally Championship) Sotic match support covering games from Tiblisi to Galway this weekend Rugby Writers’ Dinner – Doddie steals the show Sotic Office Hours & Support over the Festive Period Sotic appoint two new Directors Blog TagsAberdeen FC accreditation British & Irish Lions camps and courses case studies content content marketing cycling data digital platform engagement events facebook football golf Google Guinness PRO14 IRFU Irish Rugby Ladies European Tour landing page Leicester Tigers LIVE microsite mobile first motorsport Olympics platform Premiership Rugby RBS 6 Nations Championship rugby season tickets seo social media software statistics support Tour of Britain Twitter Ulster Rugby Wales Rally GB website WordPress Your Club Your Lions YouTube Sotic is a specialist provider of award winning web services and software applications to the sports industry.     © 2015 Sotic Limited. All rights reserved |...

New ‘Feature Story’ template released for Guinness PRO14

Client Login New Feature Story template released for Guinness PRO14 We’ve developed a brand new feature article template for our client Guinness PRO14 which is now live on the site. The client wanted the ability to run long-form content, such as opinion pieces, interviews or in-depth features from time to time but wanted these to look different to their general news content. Our design and front-end dev teams set to work, researching key elements and then creating a creating a clean simple layout that really pops on mobile and desktop. The template features include: Various text display options such as blocks of standard text and blocks of featured text (for headings/quotes) with the option to set a background image or colour hero images for maximum visibility the use of parallax images for a seamless page transition ability to curate content within sections for easier reading the option to add multiple images as well as in-page ads a progress bar so that readers can monitor how much of the article they have read Using the PRO14 colour palette, the feature articles are instantly identifiable on the site with a gold highlight and by adding the feature article category to the homepage and news aggregators it means that users can filter their news accordingly. https://www.pro14rugby.org/articles/ferreira-kings-relishing-global-game/ More from the Latest Record Breaking Wales Rally (FIA World Rally Championship) Sotic match support covering games from Tiblisi to Galway this weekend Rugby Writers’ Dinner – Doddie steals the show Sotic Office Hours & Support over the Festive Period Sotic appoint two new Directors Blog TagsAberdeen FC accreditation British & Irish Lions camps and courses...