February is the shortest month of the year, but, nevertheless, acres of articles about our favorite content management and eCommerce platforms have been written. As WordPress, Magento, and ExpressionEngine obsessives, we keep an eye on everything that’s happening in their user and development communities. Each month, we like to share the best of that content with you. Enjoy!
WordPress and Blogging
- Mastering WordPress Configuration – wp-config.php – One of the best aspects of WordPress is the fact that it does not require much code-level tweaking to work. All you need to do is install the CMS, and off you go! But there’s no one size fits all solution, and sometimes a tweak to the config needs to be made.
- 11 Code Snippets to Customize Your WordPress Admin Dashboard – There are so many WP plugins to customize your admin dashboard: some to change the look and feel of the dashboard and some for the functionality. But a major drawback of these plugins are their bulky nature. These make your WordPress site slower to load.
- Taking a closer look at WordPress Coding Standards – WordPress is a big project with a lot of developers working on it. It also has a huge amount of themes and plugins which are written by teams of developers or individual developers. When a project grows really big coding standards become more and more important.
- How To: Convert Your Posterous Blog To WordPress (Video) – With the not-so-unexpected news that Twitter was shutting down Posterous on April 30, users of the blogging platform no doubt are scrambling to figure out what to do with their content.
- The Complete Guide To WordPress Security Pt. 1 – In this edition of WordPress Wednesday, I want to talk about something that unfortunately many bloggers overlook until it’s too late. WordPress security is just one of those things that we put off or never even think about until the day our site actually gets hacked and we’re scrambling to figure out what happened.
- How To Clean Up & Optimize Your WordPress Install – WordPress is a pretty robust application that is kept up to date with regular bug fixes and security patches, but it really benefits from a bit of maintenance to keep it running fast and efficiently.
- The WordPress Community Offers Advice To Beginners – We’ve all been total newbies. In fact, I spend most of my time still feeling like one. So researching this article was a great opportunity for me to do some more learning, and to share all of that good stuff with you. I reached out to people from across the WordPress community to ask what advice they would give.
- How To Switch/Convert Custom Post Types in WordPress – WordPress comes with five default post types, which are posts, pages, attachments, revisions and menus. Users can also create their own custom post types. This gives them power to create different types of content and display them differently on their websites. Recently we found a need to merge two custom post type into one for a client’s project.
- The focus keyword in WordPress SEO – This question pops up time and again: why can I only add one focus keyword to the Yoast SEO plugin? People seem to think they have to set several keywords for each post. This post explores the reasoning behind that, very deliberate, decision.
- 10 Important Details To Consider When Developing WordPress Themes – So you’ve created your first WordPress theme for a client and can’t wait to put it live to show off your work. Everything looks perfect and the functionality is flawless – what could go wrong? Unfortunately, probably quite a few things.
- 20 Most Useful MySQL WordPress Plugins – WordPress keeps every single scrap of information that is fed into it in a MySQL database, whether that be posts, pages, comments, blogroll, the plugin settings everything. WordPress MySQL plugins are very useful for your website backhand and database.
- Updating Expression Engine – The Fast Way – Ellis Labs’ ExpressionEngine is one of the best CMS packages available; if you’ve done development work with it, then you’re probably already familiar with its advantages over other CMS software, including free/open source options like Drupal or WordPress. And you also probably know that the process of installing updates is definitely NOT one of ExpressionEngine’s advantages.
- 8 Free/Open Source Must Have Add-On’s for Expression Engine – Expression Engine (EE) is best known for its capacity to be a very customizable system, a lot of which comes from EE’s ability to add or extend functionality by way of Add-Ons.
Magento and eCommerce
- 10 Things To Do On A Default Magento Ecommerce Install – Magento has seen a consistent rise in popularity and since being supported by eBay it’s found a whole new audience, this has further been supported by its hosted Magento GO offering. We’ve done a few Magento developments here at Branded3 and during these builds we’ve identified a few things to ensure you always do (or don’t) with a Magento eCommerce solution.
- How Magento Won Over My Heart: A Developer’s Tale – I’ve been working on Expression Engine for about a year now and I have been trying to get into the realm of e-Commerce with the highly flexible web application Magento.
- How To Deal With Online Sales Returns – Returns are the bete noire of any retailer but the nature of ecommerce makes returns a real possibility with every sale. There’s even an unofficial “Returns Day”, 3 January – which according to UPS, has the highest level of sales returns of any other day on the year.
- Magento Tutorial: Creating An Affiliate Tracking Module In Magento – In this tutorial, we will create a Magento module that will capture an affiliate referral from a third-party source (e.g. an external website or newsletter) and include a HTML script on the checkout success page once this referral has been converted.
- Useful SEO practices for Magento Development [Infographic] – Some great tips for improving the search engine ranking of your Magento store.
- 70 conversion optimization tips for a Magento shop – eCommerce has become one of the best ways to sell products today. The Magento application is one of the biggest shopping platforms. In this checklist we like to show you how to become individual and more successful. Your competitors are not sleeping and a good communication between your Magento shop and the visitors decides about the success.
- 7 forgotten pages in Magento… and how to make them work for you – There are plenty of features and options when working in Magento. Unfortunately, that also means the potential for a lot of pages that can be easily missed. The good news is, if you remember about the pages, and what they can offer, you can actually enhance the customer experience.
And to finish, here’s the deserving winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short.