Bridgement Helps SMEs Comply With Covid-19 Website Regulations

New government regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act, require all South African website owners to provide a link to the Department of Health’s Covid-19 portal on their landing page. There are over 1.3-million domains registered in the .za namespace. Those domains are used to power hundreds of thousands of active websites, many of them owned by small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Working with WordPress, local Fintech company, Bridgement is helping SMEs comply with the new website rules. The team has developed an accessible plugin, allowing users to add the Covid-19 portal to their landing pages. “For many small business owners, this regulation has either been overlooked or avoided, they have much bigger concerns regarding their day-to-day operations,” says Daniel Goldberg, Bridgement’s CEO.

With many companies closed for the nationwide lockdown, employees are either working remotely or not at all. This makes it difficult for small businesses to make the necessary changes to their website. “We’re offering a simple solution to SMEs, who cannot factor in additional costs for developers, to comply with these regulations at such short notice,” says Goldberg. 

Taking the stress out of compliance, the plugin can be implemented seamlessly into the SMEs current WordPress website; “This allows small businesses to focus on the task at hand – keeping their business afloat,” says Goldberg. 

All internet sites ending with a .co.za top-level domain must have a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za. The Department of Health portal contains information about the Covid-19 outbreak, statistics on its spread in South Africa and related government press releases. “We all need to do our part to ensure that public knowledge of the pandemic is being accurately communicated across all platforms – especially online,” says Goldberg. 

The plugin is available for free on the official WordPress directory and it can be downloaded directly from Bridgement’s website (www.bridgement.com). It allows users to integrate the Covid-19 portal onto their landing page at a click of a button and without needing to know how to code. The plugin simply inserts a subtle link to the government page and will ensure your site is 100% compliant with the new regulation.

Here’s how to install the plugin on from your website’s WordPress admin panel:

  1. Log into your WordPress site’s admin panel
  2. Navigate to the Plugins tab
  3. Click “Add New”
  4. Search “South Africa COVID19 Banner”
  5. Click “Install Now” and then “Activate”
  6. Refresh your website and you’ll see the banner in the bottom right

Using machine learning for credit analysis and decisioning to speed up their application process, Bridgement offers digital credit facilities to small businesses. Watch the tutorial here – https://bit.ly/2RvbBsH.

Karina Van Den Heever

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