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November’s Best Magento, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine Content

November 23, 2015 0 Comments

Holiday TrafficSince our last roundup, Magento 2!!!! Magento 2!!!! Magento 2!!!! Oh yeah, the the Magento-Ebay split is officially complete. Magento is now an independent company, backed by the Permira funds. During the recent Magento Live Australia, it was amazing to see the excitement surrounding the Magento community. We can’t wait to see what comes next. Without further ado, check out November’s best content here. 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. Read more

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Writing Gooder, Part 2

November 19, 2015 0 Comments

Recently, I unleashed my inner English teacher upon this unsuspecting blog, only to tease (or perhaps relieve) the audience with one rule. With apologies to Conrad Vachon, the hero of my introduction from Part 1, let’s jump right into two more ways to flex your writing muscle.

#2 Passive voice should be exterminated Exterminate passive voice

This ties in with the first rule, “Omit needless words,” but it’s important enough to stand on its own. At best, the passive voice is awkward and long-winded. At worst, it’s a lazy, swollen abomination feeding on the flesh of your writing.

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Five Strategies To Make The Most Of Holiday Traffic On Your Magento Store

November 17, 2015 0 Comments

Holiday TrafficWe’re close to the biggest eCommerce season of the year. According to Adobe, last year the month that includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday generated eCommerce sales in excess of $32 billion. And, of course, November is closely followed by the Christmas season, which can be an even bigger revenue-generator for eCommerce retailers.

To maximize your eCommerce store’s slice of the high-season pie, it’s worthwhile making sure you’re prepared to make the most of the peak spending period.

The first, and most important, part of being prepared for the holiday season is to make sure your Magento site can handle the load. There’s little more disheartening than seeing your store grind to a halt because too many shoppers are filling their baskets and trying to check out. Take a look at your store’s performance metrics over the past year and ask yourself if you have the infrastructure it takes to support the traffic you’ll be getting over the next couple of months. If you aren’t completely satisfied, then it may be time to upgrade.

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Writing Gooder, Part 1

November 12, 2015 0 Comments

As this is my first blog post for Nexcess, an introduction is in order. I am one of the technical writers at Nexcess, though I’ve also been fortunate enough to write for the Web and a few other places.

Writing is easy. Writing well is damned hard. And the Web is full of easy, lazy writing that punishes shoppers and readers alike. But this is eCommerce. People see pretty pictures, click on things, fill a digital shopping cart, and click Buy. Why waste time by criticizing web copy, Mr. Technical Writer?

It is true that strong web copy probably cannot save a confusing or ugly webstore. It is also true that a sleek user interface and good product can often compensate for lackadaisical writing. I bow down to the power of an intuitive interface and glossy images, yet even the most image-driven web store eventually turns to the written word for its product descriptions. The image hooks readers, and unless the price annihilates your competition, the copy reels them into the boat. Bloggers enjoy many more allowances for personal style and conversational tone, but since they only have their writing and knowledge to sell, those elements aren’t good excuses for a sloppy effort. The Internet serves up a mountainous steaming heap of blogs every day, and expertise and pretty pictures aren’t always enough to nurture a following.

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vBulletin Users Should Update Immediately To Mitigate Potential Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

November 10, 2015 0 Comments

The developers of vBulletin have released a patch to the popular forum software that fixes a remote code execution vulnerability that could be used by attackers to compromise vBulletin sites. The vulnerability has been available on vulnerability marketplaces for some time, and – in the spirit of full disclosure – a proof of concept and details of the vulnerability were released by Check Point. In consequence, the existence of this vulnerability and the mechanism for its exploitation are public knowledge – unpatched vBulletin sites are at risk of compromise.

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Introducing Our Brand New Facility In Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 5, 2015 0 Comments

Amsterdam, NetherlandsAmsterdam is known for many things: clogs, windmills, and dams among them, but not many know that the capital city of the Netherlands is also one of the best-connected cities in the world. Amsterdam is home to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, the world’s second largest peering point. As you might imagine, that makes Amsterdam a great place to build a data center, and, in fact, around a third of Europe’s data centers are based in Amsterdam.

We’re happy to announce that Nexcess now has a presence in Amsterdam. Our new facility, which expands on our existing European presence in the UK, will allow us to offer clients very low latency connections throughout the EU, the biggest economy in the world.

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Magento DIY book review

November 3, 2015 0 Comments

SitemapEarlier this month, Viktor and our colleagues from Firebear studio published Magento DIY. The book uses easily understood language to illustrate how to build a Magento store from scratch.

The short version: we love this book so much that we’re giving away ten free digital copies. To register, share this blog post with the hashtag #magentodiy and follow @Nexcess on Twitter.

The 280-page book presents five chapters, and each gives a variety of critical resources for both merchants and developers. Using Magento CE as his base, Viktor’s tips and tools for startups are invaluable for beginners. More experienced readers will benefit from having a massive set of front-end and back-end resources in one easy-to-read text.

Let’s review Viktor’s work chapter by chapter.

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Magento Security Advisory: Patch Bundle SUPEE-6788 Includes Fixes For Multiple Vulnerabilities

October 29, 2015 0 Comments

The SUPEE-6788 patch for Magento Community Edition and Magento Enterprise Edition includes fixes for potential SQL injection, remote code execution, and cross site scripting vulnerabilities.

On 27th October, Magento released the SUPEE-6788 bundle of patches, which can be downloaded here. The bundle includes patches for a number of critical vulnerabilities. Magento users running versions of Magento Community Edition older than, and versions of Magento Enterprise Edition older than should apply the patches immediately.

It should be noted that one or more of the patches in the bundle may break compatibility with some Magento plugins. Some security features added by this patch are disabled by default and must be manually enabled. To enable these security features, Magento users must disable the Admin Routing Compatibility Mode For Extensions option, which is enabled by default, and which can be found in a new setting in the Magento Admin interface under “Admin > Security”.

Failure to disable this setting may leave your Magento store vulnerable to an Admin Disclosure Vulnerability, in which an attacker can force the showing of the admin panel login page by calling the module directly.

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WordPress Basics: Why Does Your WordPress Site Need A Sitemap?

SitemapTo the outside world, your WordPress website looks like a collection of files on a server. Each file is a web page represented by a URL. Web users move from page to page through links within your site and from other sites. The link is the only way web clients — including browsers and software clients like web crawlers — have to find your site’s pages.

What happens if some of your pages don’t have links to them or have links that are difficult to find? From the perspective of web clients, they might as well not exist at all.

Imagine you publish recipes on your site. You have hundreds of recipes, but there’s no particular reason for those recipes to link to each other. Nor is it feasible to link to all of them from the homepage.

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Four Steps To An Improved WordPress UX

October 27, 2015 0 Comments

StoryformWhen first installed with its default theme, WordPress offers an excellent user experience. In many cases, it doesn’t last for long. Because it’s so easy to add new features, pages, and content, there’s no barrier to introducing complexity and confusion. That’s partly why mature WordPress sites can be difficult to navigate and why it can be hard to pick out the one feature you need amid a welter of extras that almost no one needs.

User experience design is not easy, but WordPress users aren’t starting from scratch. WordPress provides the bones of a site with great UX and the tools to flesh out those bones with logically organized content.

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