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Will Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Solve WordPress’ Mobile Performance Problems?

January 14, 2016 0 Comments RSS Feed

Shared HostingLet’s be frank: web performance on mobile leaves a lot to be desired. With responsive design, we have a solution that makes websites look great on mobile and desktop alike, but there’s still a long way to go if mobile websites are to compete with the performance of native applications.

It’s a problem recognized by many of the big cats in the Internet landscape. Facebook recently introduced Instant Articles and Apple hopes to improve the performance of news in particular with the Apple News app. Now Google is having a swing with its Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, which has one big advantage over the alternatives — it’s open source.

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Posted in: Google, WordPress

How To Add WordPress Blog Content To Apple News

January 12, 2016 0 Comments RSS Feed

Apple NewsWith the release of iOS 9, Apple introduced Apple News — a combined news interface intended to be the place iPhone and iPad users go to read news. Apple News isn’t limited to traditional news publishers; bloggers are quite welcome to add their content to Apple News too.

If you’re not an iOS user (or live outside the US), you probably won’t have experienced Apple News, but the idea is somewhat similar to the Flipboard app. Content is delivered in a slick interface with beautiful typography and design.

Apple News has not been greeted with unalloyed approval by reviewers. In fact most of them have been decidedly negative about the application’s content discovery algorithms.

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Posted in: Apple, WordPress

How to improve the security of your Magento store

January 7, 2016 1 Comment RSS Feed

While maintaining your eCommerce store’s security will uphold your reputation and avoid downtime, you are required to abide by Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) in order to process customer credit card data. While this list is not a comprehensive outline on how to pass and maintain PCI compliance, it can help protect you from the most common types of attacks and vulnerabilities.

Adopt and maintain a strong password policy

A password policy outlines your password requirements. The best practices for a password policy include:

  • Use only unique passwords.
  • Establish complexity requirements.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Do not reuse passwords.

For assistance generating a secure password, use our Secure Password Generator. If you require instructions for its use, refer to How to use the Nexcess Secure Password Generator.

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Posted in: Magento

Nexcess set to sponsor MageTalk

January 5, 2016 0 Comments RSS Feed

MageTalk We are happy to announce our exciting new relationship with MageTalk as their exclusive hosting sponsor for their highly successful Magento podcast!

If you haven’t already listened to the MageTalk podcast, it’s an extraordinary resource for anyone running a Magento store. Hosted by the quirky experts Phillip Jackson and Kalen Jordan, they raid Twitter feeds and news stories to engage in lively and illuminating discussions for one hour each week. Philip and Kalen’s success owes much to their love for Magento and their determination to stay current with breaking industry trends.

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Posted in: Magento, Nexcess

Magento 2 and PHP 7 Availability

December 31, 2015 3 Comments RSS Feed

Magento 2Magento 2 and PHP 7 are now available, and we are ready to host them! Read on for answers to your most pressing questions regarding their availability.

Can I just upgrade my store to Magento 2?
No. Unfortunately, there is no upgrade path from Magento 1.x to Magento 2. You will need to recreate your store, and we strongly recommend you fully test your Magento 2 store in a development environment before shutting down your Magento 1.x store.

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Posted in: Magento, Nexcess, php

Selling Digital Content From Your WordPress Site

December 29, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

Anchor TextSelling digital content is an excellent way to make money with a WordPress site. Or, to put it another way, WordPress is an excellent platform for selling digital content. Indeed, many WordPress blogs exist to provide promotion and content marketing support to a business that makes its real money selling digital products.

Sales aren’t the most popular way to monetize a blog, but advertising as a viable model for small-scale publishers is in decline. CPMs are not what they once were, and unless your site is able to generate huge amounts of traffic, advertising revenue alone isn’t likely to provide a sustainable income. Native advertising and affiliate marketing are better source of income for bloggers than traditional advertising networks, but one of the best ways to make income over the long-term is the creation and sale of digital content, either as one-offs or on a subscription basis.

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Posted in: eCommerce, WordPress

Is Your eCommerce Store Losing Money On Abandoned Carts?

December 24, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

Abandoned CartsThe abandoned carts problem is one that has plagued eCommerce retailers since eCommerce was a thing. A significant proportion of customers will follow the buy funnel all the way down to the pointy end, only to disappear at the last possible moment. According to a recent meta analysis of abandoned cart statistics, almost 70% of shopping carts are abandoned.

With a predicted eCommerce revenue of $1.6 trillion, that would put the value of abandoned carts at over $4 trillion.

Of course, that’s a spurious statistic. It’s impossible to determine why people are filling their eCommerce carts and deciding not to buy. Perhaps they never intended to buy and were simply browsing and filling their cart for the fun of it. Perhaps they use their cart in the same way eCommerce merchants want them to use wish lists. And perhaps they were dismayed when they went to check-out and were faced with a form that seemed to ask for far more information than necessary (although that’s a different problem than the one we’re discussing today).

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Posted in: eCommerce

December’s Best Magento, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress Content

December 22, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

Product DocumentationBlack Friday 2015 was the first time ever that online sales outpaced in-store sales on the post Thanksgiving shopping holiday. And Cyber Monday was the biggest ever. Commerce is going online. We hope your business is prepared. The time since our last roundup has been highlighted by the release of PHP 7 and WordPress 4.4, as well as a proliferation of “Year End” lists. Without further ado, check out December’s best content here, year end list included :) If you’re looking for the same great articles 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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Posted in: Monthly Roundups

Using WordPress To Build Product Documentation

December 17, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

Product DocumentationCustomer support is one of the biggest expenses for any provider of online services and products. It’s also a key factor in creating a positive customer experience. Support matters a great deal to customers, so much so that customers unsatisfied with support are likely to take to social media with their complaints, damaging the company’s reputation and earning potential.

Online vendors are in a bind: they must provide great support, but great support can be very expensive, especially for complex technical products. One of the best ways to reduce the burden on support is to create comprehensive online documentation that customers can consult on their own initiative and that customer support representatives can refer users to.

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Posted in: WordPress

Improving The Performance Of Web Fonts In Your WordPress Themes

December 15, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

Web FontsWebfonts are a boon to theme developers. They opens up a vast landscape of potential typefaces — a far cry from the bad old days when there was only a handful of web safe fonts to choose from. But webfonts have drawbacks: most significantly, page weight inflation. For many themes, fonts come second only to images in size. On top of that, because fonts from Google Fonts, Typekit, and other web font services are loaded by a Javascript snippet, they can block rendering of the page for an indeterminate amount of time.

It is possible to minimize the impact of web font loading with some judicious optimization.

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Posted in: WordPress