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Jun 6

  • Created: Jun 6, 2014 4:32 PM

Security Vulnerability: All In One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin Users Should Update Immediately

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in the popular All In One SEO Pack WordPress plugin that could allow privilege escalation and cross-site scripting attacks. The plugin has been patched and users should ensure that they immediately update to the most recent version or there is a real risk of their WordPress site being compromised.

In a recent post on the Sucuri Blog security researcher Marc-Alexandre Montpas revealed the discovery of a pair of critical vulnerabilities in the plugin, which is used for search engine optimization on a large number of WordPress sites. The free version of the All In One SEO plugin has over 18 million downloads and provides features like meta tag generation, XML sitemap support, and robots.txt control.

According to Montpas, two exploitable vulnerabilities were discovered. The first allows logged-in users without admin privileges — an author or ordinary user, for example – to adjust parameters used by the plugin to change title tags, meta description tags, and keyword meta tags. By changing these parameters, a malicious user could cause a site’s search engine optimization to be degraded — a serious problem for sites that depend on Google for referrals.

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Posted in: Security, WordPress
Jun 5

  • Created: Jun 5, 2014 3:14 PM

Roundup of May’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content

Monthly Roundup

May was an important month for the Magento community, as over two thousand members came together for the Imagine Conference in Las Vegas (an event we were thrilled to sponsor), and, in equally big news, Magento co-founder Roy Rubin announced that he would be stepping down from position as the CEO of Magento. Here at Nexcess, we’ve been connected with Roy since the Varien days and would like to thank him for his incredible contribution to eCommerce. Although those were two of the biggest stories from May, there were still a lot of other happenings in the world of eCommerce, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine. So, without further ado, here’s our roundup of the best posts from the last month. If you’d like more great content on a day-to-day basis, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section!

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Jun 3

  • Created: Jun 3, 2014 12:03 PM

New Data Shows That Magento Continues To Dominate The eCommerce Market

Magento Dominates eCommerce It’s no surprise that eCommerce is growing apace. No one with any experience of the online retail sector has any doubt that the eCommerce market is in rude health, with revenues and numbers of retailers growing every year. eCommerce is fast becoming the default shopping venue for many markets in the US and Europe, with plenty of growth opportunity both in the developing and developed world.

There is no shortage of eCommerce platforms for new and established retailers to choose from, both nascent and mature, so it’s interesting to see how retailer platform adoption has changed over time. Luckily, we’ve a couple of very good sources for eCommerce platform data: The Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide and Tom Robertshaw’s eCommerce Survey, both of which show that Magento’s market penetration is growing at an impressive rate.

The Internet Retailer Top 500 gathers together a large number of metrics for the most prominent online retailers. It’s a guide to the eCommerce one percent, and isn’t really reflective of the market as a whole, but it’s a useful bellwether for determining how retail giants who insist on high-performance and reliability see a platform. Read more

Posted in: Magento, Nexcess
May 30

  • Created: May 30, 2014 4:38 PM

Net Neutrality Is Fundamental to a Free And Open Internet

Net Neutrality

Although complex in implementation, the Internet is quite simple in principle. Consumers buy bandwidth from last-mile ISPs. Network operators provide international connectivity to those ISPs and to each other via peering. And the majority of content providers host their content with web hosting companies, which manage servers in data centers that connect to network operators.

Ideally, any content provider can connect to any consumer with Internet access at the bandwidth that consumer has paid for. All packets are treated as equal and none is given special treatment. That arrangement has seen the Internet flourish, propelling enormous innovation and massive economic advancement. Net neutrality provides an environment where all can benefit — it is a public good.

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Posted in: Nexcess
May 29

  • Created: May 29, 2014 2:34 PM

OroCRM Brings The Talents Of Magento Founder To eCommerce Customer Relationship Management

OroCRM

If you were to pick a dream team to work on an eCommerce-focused customer relationship management platform, chances are it would include the co-founders of Oro, Inc.: Yoav Kutner, former CTO and Co-Founder of Magento; and Jary Carter, Magento’s former VP of Worldwide Sales and Channel, now CTO and CEO of Oro, Inc. respectively. They’re joined by Dima Sorka, former Lead Architect for Magento as Vice President of Engineering. These guys know eCommerce inside and out, which is part of what makes OroCRM, the company’s flagship product, so interesting for online retailers.

There have been many attempts to crack the nut of eCommerce CRM. Retailers have a completely different set of needs when compared to other businesses, so the standard CRM tools are not entirely up to the job. While most businesses are focused on lead generation and sales follow up, to be effective, eCommerce CRMs need to integrate with shopping carts, often across multiple channels and ideally with tools that enable marketing automation so that retailers can monitor and respond to customer’s shopping behavior in near real time.

OroCRM offers a comprehensive customer relationship management toolset designed specifically to meet the needs of online retailers.

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Posted in: Magento
May 21

  • Created: May 21, 2014 2:44 PM

Bring RSS Feeds Into Your WordPress Blog With Orbital Feed Reader

Orbital Reader

Since the advent of Twitter and its super flexible lists, RSS has become less important to my blogging workflows, but it’s still a daily part of my life and a huge timesaver. The idea of having to go to each of the sites that I need to look at daily to check for updates is not one that I relish. Like most writers of digital content, I was burned by the sad demise of a Google Reader and tried various replacements, but RSS has never regained the place in my heart that it once had.

Nevertheless, there are specific cases where RSS feeds fit the bill perfectly. For example, I quite often develop article topics as a response to something another a writer has written. Perhaps I want to look at topic from a different angle, maybe I want to argue against a writer’s position. Sometimes I just want to highlight content written by a blogger whom I respect and give it a thumbs up.

In all those cases, I like to quote fairly extensively, which generally involves a lot of cutting and pasting followed by formatting the quotation and links in the WordPress text editor. It’s not a huge hassle, but I’m always looking for ways to increase my productivity and streamline my writing workflows.

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Posted in: Nexcess, WordPress
May 19

  • Created: May 19, 2014 4:30 PM

Are Comments Still Worthwhile For WordPress Bloggers?

Pen and Paper

The Internet is a wonderful place: the most advanced medium for communication of ideas and knowledge that mankind has ever created. But you wouldn’t know it if you looked at the comments section of many blogs and sites, which are full of rancorous trolling and partisan sniping. Not all of them of course, some sites manage to cultivate high-value comment sections with judicious moderation and excellent content that attracts smart and reasonable people.

For some, comments are essential part of the Internet experience, and they look askance at any blog that doesn’t have them. For others they’re zones of futile feuding that offer no value at all. Many bloggers turn off comments altogether, frequently because they don’t have the time to properly moderate them, but sometimes for principled reasons.

The arguments of the no-comment crowd goes something like this: I have created this space on the Internet to voice my thoughts and opinions, others can do the same; moderating comments is unpleasant and takes time that I could use more fruitfully; there are dozens of alternative venues for people to express their opinions, including social media, so why should I let them comment on my site.

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Posted in: WordPress
May 15

  • Created: May 15, 2014 1:13 PM

Magento Imagine 2014 Slide Decks are Online!

This week, Nexcess was honored to sponsor the recently completed Imagine Conference that included epic talks from Roy Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, as well a huge number of informative presentations from talented members of the Magento community. The Nexcess team had a great time, whether enjoying Nexcess Coolers with new friends at the Monday night after party or just talking shop with the incredibly knowledgeable people that drive the greatest eCommerce system out there.

They say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but we thought that would be rude since not everyone could be in Vegas (and our own Chris Wells had an opportunity to speak). Knowing you might not have been able to make it to our talk, we’ve made the slides of Chris’ presentation, Simple Steps To Win The Site Performance Battle, available online. Read more

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May 14

  • Created: May 14, 2014 12:26 PM

Former Magento Lead Architect Creates Sellvana, A New eCommerce Platform

There have been numerous attempts to build the perfect eCommerce platform over the years. For many, Magento is the closest — it’s an extraordinarily powerful eCommerce application, capable of supporting everything from the smallest boutique vendor to the largest eCommerce retailer. Much of the groundwork for Magento’s success was laid by Boris Gurvich, Magento’s original Lead Technical Architect. So, when Gurvich turns his attention to something new in the eCommerce world, it’s worth paying attention. We’d like to take a brief look at his current project: Sellvana, a new eCommerce platform that is designed to be simple to use and deploy.

Sellvana, currently in development, is an open source eCommerce platform created with modern design and development techniques in mind. Based on the lightweight Fulleron PHP framework, which was developed for the project, Sellvana aims to be the eCommerce platform that retailers have been asking for — promising “radical improvements in functionality, flexibility, performance, and security.”

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May 2

  • Created: May 2, 2014 2:55 PM

Roundup of April’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content

Rain Drops The big news story from April was the discovery of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. If you’re a Nexcess client, we got you covered on our end, but if you haven’t updated your passwords around the internet yet, it is time to get that done. Moving on to happier thoughts, May brings the Imagine Conference in Las Vegas. We hope to see many of you there and don’t forget to stop by to see our CEO Chris Wells speak. Getting to our roundup, we’ve gathered together the best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento posts from the last month. If you’d like more great content on a day-to-day basis, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comment section! Read more