With stops in Portland, OR and London, England for ExpressionEngine Conference 2013 and MagentoLive UK respectively, it’s been a busy October around here. Chris Wells, the CEO of Nexcess, was honored to have the chance to speak at both of these events, and if you were unable to attend, we’ve put the presentation slides online here. We also published our new whitepaper, ExpressionEngine, Caching, and Best Practices For Performance. Oh yeah, WordPress 3.7 was released as well. Without further ado, let’s get to the best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento articles from October. If you’d like more great content throughout the month, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comment section!
WordPress and Blogging
- A Beginner’s Guide to Customizing a WordPress Site – If you’re new to WordPress, the thought of tinkering with its code can be a daunting one. But in reality, there are many simple things you can do in order to customize the look and feel of your site without risking disaster.
- Top 10 WordPress Tips From Web Design Experts – We’re not web designers (nor do we play them on TV), but we know what it takes to make a great website using WordPress. Thankfully, we been lucky enough to find a ton of great web designers who know their stuff and they’ve shared some of their best WordPress tips.
- Using Blogging to Increase your Social Media Traffic – One of the best ways to increase the number of visitors to your website, is to make sure you offer them something in return, something that they will value and find useful. This is especially the case with social media, where valuable resources will bring you the traffic you are looking for.
- How a WordPress Child Theme May Save Your Business Some Day –
Imagine tweaking your WordPress theme for hours, aligning those images, increasing line height so text is easier to read, setting that call-to-action button color, making featured images bigger… Weeks later you see there’s an update for your theme.
- What’s New in WordPress 3.7, “Basie” – WordPress 3.7, “Basie,” has just been released. It’s been named in honor of Count Basie. The WordPress 3.7 development cycle is the quickest turnaround between major versions of WordPress ever.
- 10 Tips to Make Your WordPress Blog Outstanding – Unless you’re a newcomer to the world of blogging, chances are that you’ve experienced some ups and downs in planning, designing, managing and promoting your blog.
- Delete and Relocate Your Way To Better WordPress Security – Often security measures are not about prevention, but about deterrence. Alarms don’t prevent your auto from being stolen, but they increase the effort and risk and likely make thieves pass your auto by for one without an alarm.
- How To Configure WordPress SEO By Yoast Correctly? – Search engine optimization or SEO in short is one of the most discussed matters for both bloggers and serious content writers. For those who are using WordPress SEO by Yoast, you are really lucky. It is one of the best free SEO plugins for WordPress, and it serves millions of blogs daily.
- EE vs WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla – In this talk I will provide some insight into WordPress, Drupal and Joomla and how they compare to EE. But this is really just meant as a way of introducing a different way you might want to look at this discussion. We move into a discussion of not selling the tech but focusing on selling a business benefit.
- Building a Web Shop for Success – The 2013 ExpressionEngine Conference was held this week in Portland, OR. I was in the speaker lineup but was unfortunately unable to make it in person. I’m thrilled to say that what kept me back home is that I had a baby boy join the family a few weeks ago. That didn’t stop me from delivering my presentation.
- Stash: Development Strategies (Slides) – Mark Croxton’s presentation from ExpressionEngine Conference 2013.
Magento and eCommerce
- Magento 1.8 Is Here: Upgrade or Not? – Magento 1.8 has finally been released. When Magento first came out, releases were frequent. But this time it has been over a year since 1.7 came out. It was beginning to look like the takeover by Ebay had stopped all development. Unlike previous releases there has not been a flood of complaints saying how buggy it is.
- Free Shipping: An Ecommerce Headache or Opportunity? – Some of the hottest ecommerce trends are born from consumer behavior and the preferential treatment toward omnichannel experiences that outshine traditional mediums and models for purchasing. One ecommerce trend, viewed as pesky by some retailers, yet continues to present opportunities for competitive differentiation, is free shipping.
- 3 SEO Tips For Your Magento-Powered Store – Magento is a powerful eCommerce platform that comes with a pack of included features that if used properly will help you enhance your online sales substantially. The good news is that Magento’s administration interface is rather intuitive and it already has some cool backend SEO options, so the learning curve won’t be steep
- How to Set Up Your First Magento Store – Magento is one of the world’s most popular eCommerce platforms. Developers love it because it’s open source, meaning they can customize it to their heart’s content. Big businesses love it because it’s powerful.
- 8 Magento Features for eCommerce Done The Right Way – The Magento eCommerce platform is one of the world’s leading platforms for online retail. In 2008, Magento found a performance gap in suitable eCommerce platforms, so they decided to establish their own. Under an open source license, the Magento eCommerce platform quickly began to grow in the online business world.
- 5 eCommerce Loyalty Strategies for the 2013 Holidays – The busy, crazy, eCommerce holiday season has arrived. What loyalty strategies should eCommerce merchants use to capture customers during the holiday rush? Here are 5 of the best tips to convert eCommerce customers, increase this year’s sales, and set up a profitable next year using a loyalty program.
- Case Study: Understanding the Impact of Slow Load Times on Shopping Cart Abandonment – Every year, the shopping cart abandonment rate climbs during the holiday season, with analysts expecting to see a peak of 88% in 2013. An estimated one out of five of those carts are abandoned due to slow performance.
This month, we’ll leave you with a look forward to Imagine 2014.
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