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What’s New In WooCommerce 3.3

February 16, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Since we first added WooCommerce hosting to our lineup of performance-optimized eCommerce hosting options, we have seen huge demand from retailers looking to combine the user-friendliness of WordPress with WooCommerce’s simple yet powerful eCommerce experience. We’re delighted that so many retailers have embraced our unique spin on WooCommerce hosting, which is capable of supporting stores of any size. Read more

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January 2018’s Best Magento, CMS, and Design/Development Content

February 12, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Now that we’re well into the New Year, let’s take a look at what’s been trending so far so we can stay on top of the game! Check out this month’s roundup and if you’re looking for the same great articles the rest of the year, 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: Content, Craft CMS, CraftCommerce, eCommerce, ExpressionEngine, Magento, WooCommerce, WordPress

Answering the Right Questions, Part 3

In this short series, Kevin Schroeder explains how to keep your website on the rails with proper load testing.


Once more into the breach! For my final entry, I will provide some of my favorite tools for building load tests, as well as how to run load tests to best understand site behaviour under various types of loads.


If you’re new to this series, welcome! Go here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

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WordPress Plays An Essential Role In Supporting Independent Journalism

February 1, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

In almost every country there are independent journalists who use the freedom of the web to bring stories to audiences ranging from the hyper-local to the global. Independent journalists need a publishing platform that they control: social media networks are vital for cultivating awareness and connecting with an audience, but they are not independent of the interests of their owners. WordPress allows independent journalists to be truly independent. WordPress is free, open source, and, most importantly, platform independent. Read more

Posted in: WordPress

Why Are Chatbots Such A Big Deal For eCommerce?

January 31, 2018 1 Comment RSS Feed

Chatbots have been praised as the next big thing for the eCommerce user experience, but are chatbots really going to revolutionize online retail? I don’t think chatbots will ever replace the traditional eCommerce storefront: searching and browsing is a vital part of the shopping experience. But chatbots do have the potential to extend the reach of eCommerce into areas retailers have traditionally struggled with, including instant chat, which has a presence on the mobile devices of billions of users. Read more

Posted in: eCommerce

Load Testing: Asking the Right Questions, Part 2

In this short series, Kevin Schroeder explains how to keep your website on the rails with proper load testing. Kevin owns consulting firm 10n Software, LLC, and has written several testing frameworks for Magento, Gmail, Twitter, and other applications.

Welcome back to Asking the Right Questions, my three-part series about all things load testing. Part 1 showed how to use entropy to make your load tests better predictors of performance.

Now, onto two types of load tests, I’m typically asked to perform for clients: sizing validation and concurrency validation.

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Posted in: Web Hosting Basics

eCommerce And Augmented Reality Explained

January 29, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

eCommerce is superior to traditional brick-and-mortar retail in ways that benefit both the retailer and the customer. That’s why eCommerce has rapidly taken over as consumers’ preferred way to shop. But it can’t be denied that brick-and-mortar retail has the advantage where viewing and interacting with products is concerned. One of the most important applications of Augmented Reality in eCommerce will be to bridge the gap and bring digital products into the physical world.

Augmented Reality is the introduction of digital objects — animations, images, interfaces — into a user’s environment. The user looks at the screen of a device, which uses the camera and sensors to create a digital representation of the environment and project objects into it. Through the screen, the objects appear solid and can be rotated (or walked around) just like other objects in the environment.

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Posted in: eCommerce