Jon Bloor

I am a father of four boys, husband, Group Scout Leader and a wordpress affectionado.  Professionally, I worked in local government for 20 years, museums and visitor attractions for longer and am a Fellow of the Association of Accounting Technicians.  Now, I help membership organisations and professional bodies with their CRM, community and digital software
October 6, 2023

Old Mac, New Drive

My parents had an old but working MacBook 2012 that had a faulty hard disk drive. They replaced it but it say with me as it was a shame to chuck it- similar examples were selling for a couple of hundred pounds on eBay. When lockdown hit again and we needed another computer to home school from, fixing this seemed ideal. Reading online, ...
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October 6, 2023

First Website Hosting

Siteground is great for hosting your first website. Their own, in house control panel allows you to easily setup and manage your hosting accounts. With big savings on new accounts, you might find you opt for one of the larger plans which allow you to host more sites. What I really like was how easy it was to add an account to their own...
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October 6, 2023

Fast UK Website Hosting Comparison

I have been shopping for hosting here in the UK to ensure I get good value, great service, top features and fast websites. This comparison has been done by using a domain on each website and then installing just the Kadence theme and one of the starter templates. I haven't spent hours tweaking each platform for speed. Firstly, Sitegrou...
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October 6, 2023

Which Command Line Script is best for WordPress?

A while ago I stumbled on EasyEngine. A script to easily create WordPress sites in containers and so found myself trying it out. I lost all of my sites for some unknown, unresolved issue. However, my curiosity got the better of me and took me on a journey to look at other scripts and also to follow the development and use of them. In t...
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October 4, 2023

KPIs for Visitor Attractions: Measuring Success and Boosting Growth

As a commercial manager for visitor attractions, I understand the importance of measuring performance indicators through KPIs. KPIs or Key Performance Indicators are essential in assessing the success of a business. They are measurements that provide insights into the performance of a business and help to identify areas that require im...
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October 4, 2023

Calculators for Retail Managers: Essential Tools for Success

Running a retail business involves a multitude of tasks, including managing inventory, pricing, promotions, and sales forecasting. One essential tool to help retail managers keep up with these tasks is a dedicated calculator designed specifically for this purpose. These calculators offer a range of functions that simplify complex calcu...
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October 4, 2023

My Content

I'll update this page with content as I add it, to act as a bit of a signpost. Firstly, a little bit about me. Articles I have written: • Managing your visitor attraction:• Measuring the performance of your Attraction’s Gift Shop • Warning Signs in your Cafe! • Calculators for Retail Managers: Essential Tools for Success • KPIs for Vis...
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October 4, 2023

How to Make Your Home Wifi Faster and Safer for Families

A quick post to share Cloudflare’s brilliant new(ish) DNS service 1.1.1.1 Don’t be scared by what I wrote! Cloudflare are a huge provider in the backbone of the internet, so when they get behind a product you can be sure it is serious and considered. The guide on the link above is better and clearer than I could write, but be sure to f...
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October 4, 2023

Warning Signs in your Cafe!

We all know that a cafe, food bar or restaurant in a castle, museum or theme park will make the most revenue by providing a quality offer in a pleasant environment. Here is a list of warning signs you can easily remedy should you find them at your place; • Sausages rolls with 13% “meat” • A long queue • Ready meals like in your local b...
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October 4, 2023

Measuring the performance of your Attraction’s Gift Shop

If we’ve ever spoken about monitoring retail performance, you’ll know how much I detest “Spend per Head” or “Spend per Visitor”. It’s a pretty meaningless measure, and I don’t mind telling you so. Usually, people will tell you that it allows a comparison either over time or against other museums, farm parks, galleries or attractions. T...
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October 4, 2023

About Me

Here I plan to provide you many ideas to help you increase the revenue in your historic house, castle, park, museum, play centre, or other visitor attraction. • I’ve implemented ticketing and EPOS in 100s of visitor attractions and worked for three of the largest UK suppliers. • My success as a retail manager increased revenue and prom...
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