Southfield, MI, November 13, 2013 – Nexcess, a leading provider of WordPress, Magento, and ExpressionEngine hosting, today announced it ranked 245 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500(TM), a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Nexcess grew 388 percent during this period.
Nexcess’ exemplary growth during a period of widespread economic distress is a strong indication of the strength of the company’s core commitment to providing outstanding no-compromise hosting solutions, particularly for the eCommerce sector. Continue reading
WordPress is used on over 20% of websites. It’s a huge success story and with good reason. WordPress is a powerful content management system with just the right combination of ease-of-use and configurability to appeal to both web development professionals and amateur web masters.
However, a fly in the ointment of WordPress’ success is the raft of stories we’ve had over the last few years that focus on hacked WordPress sites and vulnerabilities in the software. In truth, WordPress is no less secure than any other popular CMS and is a good deal more secure than some.
Much of the perception of apparent insecurity that surrounds WordPress is the result of its popularity. The ubiquity of WordPress sites makes them an irresistible target for hackers in much the same way that Microsoft Windows is the target of choice for malware developers. It makes sense for them to focus their efforts where they are likely to see the biggest return. But, also like Windows, WordPress is the content management system of choice for many webmasters who are not well versed in Internet security. As a consequence, WordPress is often misconfigured and, even more crucially, many users fail to understand the importance of regular updates. Continue reading
This past month, Nexcess was in London, England for MagentoLive UK 2013. We were honored to sponsor such an amazing event that brought together so many incredible minds. Those in attendance had the opportunity to see enthusiastic and informative presentations by a variety of authorities from the Magento community, including our own, Chris Wells.
We realize that the majority of Magento users around the world were probably unable to make it to London for the event, so we’ve uploaded the slide deck of Chris’ presentation, The Importance of Site Performance and Simple Steps to Achieve It to SlideShare. Continue reading
More than 20 percent of the world’s websites now run on WordPress. That’s a huge achievement for the Automattic team. Unfortunately, this massive user base presents hackers with a seductive challenge: the chance to exploit and control millions of sites at once.
All they have to do is find the chink in WordPress’ armor, and 20 percent of the web could be theirs.
Sounds far-fetched, right? But it could happen. Back in April, hackers tried to attack WordPress websites using a massive botnet.
If you’ve got a WordPress website, security is key, and the consequences of a lapse could be severe. So how safe is your WordPress site – and what can you do to improve its security? Continue reading
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! Continue reading
For the majority of my PHP career I didn’t store objects in a session. Not that it’s a difficult thing, I simply didn’t have a need to in the past. Now that I do, I have discovered a peculiar (in my opinion) aspect of it.
This came about because the session data on a certain area of the site in question would sometimes grow too large for the database field I was storing it in. PHP serializes the objects (to represent them as a string) before storing them in the session but when it isn’t able to store the entire string (which was happening for me), you end up with corrupted data which PHP can not unserialize back to object form. Once I zeroed in on this being the source of my problems, I needed a good solution. Continue reading
Modern eCommerce is heavily dependent on actionable data-driven insights to maximize sales. Big data is something of a buzzword, but there’s no doubt that in the absence of accurate date, eCommerce retailers would be at a significant disadvantage.
Useful data comes from an enormous diversity of channels, including web analytics, remarketing, customer relationship management, affiliate marketing, multivariate testing, and so on. Each of these data sources is usually managed with tools from different vendors and each requires that specific code be added to web pages.
That multiplicity of code snippets can be a headache for marketers and IT departments alike. Marketers and sales teams need to have a constant flow of data, and they need to be able to quickly modify their data collection as circumstances evolve. That means they need to frequently change the code that collects their data. IT staff generally don’t want marketers messing around with the code of their site, particularly if they are from an outside agency, and they are frequently too busy to implement every little change that marketers demand in a timely fashion. Continue reading
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ExpressionEngine isn’t quite as easy to get to grips with as more user-focused content management systems like WordPress, but it more than makes up for that with its incredible flexibility and developer friendliness.
EllisLab’s ExpressionEngine should definitely be on the shortlist of content management systems you consider, whatever the type of site you want to develop, from a simple blog to an enterprise eCommerce site, ExpressionEngine has you covered.
However, making the initial steps towards ExpressionEngine mastery can be daunting to users who aren’t familiar with how ExpressionEngine works, especially if they’re bringing a lot of mental baggage from WordPress or Drupal, so, to put you on the right track, here are seven of the best ExpressionEngine resources out there. Continue reading
As the economy has wobbled over last few years, many people have found themselves out of work or with a need to generate extra income. Coupled with the spread of the trend for remote working and the growing number people choosing alternative employment models like freelancing, the number of micro-businesses in the US has grown. From freelance writers and designers to makers who sell online, the micro-business startup economy is booming.
All of the one-person and small team businesses need somewhere online to promote or sell their products and services, and that means they have to make a decision about web hosting.
The web hosting industry is in a period of rapid innovation, with new (and apparently new) options sprouting up everywhere. Micro-business owners can choose from SaaS providers, shared hosting, virtual private servers, cloud servers, dedicated servers, and beyond. Amid the marketing onslaught from hosting companies cheerleading their own products, it can be difficult for business owners to make the choice that will bring them the best bang for their buck. Continue reading
Fraud is a serious problem for eCommerce retailers.
While less than 2% of eCommerce revenues are lost through fraudulent transactions, in a trillion-dollar industry, that’s no small potatoes, particularly in an industry segment with low margins. But, possibly more significant than fraud itself is the amount of time and effort that small retailers put into avoiding it. Vetting every transaction to ensure that it is genuine is time consuming. Although fraudulent orders account for only about 1.2% of total orders, 25% of orders are reviewed by retailers, of which about 30% are rejected.
In the absence of solid data, many genuine orders end up being rejected as retailers err on the side of caution. Manual review tends to be a clumsy tool, looking for obvious patterns and markers in transactions that can only indicate fraud within a very fuzzy set of probabilities. Continue reading