If you follow our Twitter or Facebook accounts, you’ll know that we like share the best content that we come across on the Web with our clients. In case you’ve missed anything this month, here’s a round-up of content that we think you’ll find both interesting and informative. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments and let us know what you think. Enjoy!
- Episode 80 of the EE Podcast: Live at EECI 2012 – A very special Live & Uncut episode of EE Podcast from EECI 2012 US features several guests from our community, trivia challenge with prizes, and crowning an EE Master!
- Showcase of 33 ExpressionEngine Websites for Inspiration – In this article you will find 33 inspirational websites based on ExpressionEngine that will show you what can be done with this interesting CMS.
- Simple .htaccess for ExpressionEngine Sites – Leevi Graham’s LG .htaccess Generator is a simple and well built add-on for handling EE .htaccess files, and if you’re looking for the easiest way to implement a file like this, it’s tough to beat.
- 404 Page Strategies with ExpressionEngine – By default, ExpressionEngine displays the homepage instead of a 404 page when a resource is not found. Fortunately, there are tweaks and strategies that can be applied to ensure a rock-solid 404 strategy
- Understanding Safecracker for ExpressionEngine – Safecracker is a very handy addon that basically allows users on a site to create entries simply by filling out a form on the front-end.
- Pushing Expression Engine to the Limits – We built the site with modular templates to emphasize re-use of all components, so in the end there were more than a couple dozen templates to support this site. EE handles it all, and we did not have to “hack the core” at all.
- Implementing Infinite-Scroll in Your ExpressionEngine Site – The solution that I came up with uses 2 templates, a snippet, and a bit of jQuery goodness.
WordPress and Blogging
- Improved Collaborative Writing In WordPress – A new plugin for WordPress, Post Forking, brings the robustness and convenience of version control systems like Git to the world’s most popular content management system.
- WordPress Ad Plugins That Go Beyond The Banner – As anyone who has put AdSense on their website recently can attest, it is becoming harder and harder to get people to click on ads.
- Landing Page Optimization: 3 test ideas from a WordPress landing page – The growth of content management systems has made it easier for marketers to create landing pages and thus split test new treatments.
- How to Create a Blogger’s Newsroom with IFTTT and WordPress – I’ve been searching for an easy way to move stories I want to blog about from my RSS reader to WordPress for a long time. Thanks to recent changes in IFTTT’s WordPress actions, I can now do exactly that.
- Live Blogging with WordPress – A new WordPress plugin from Automattic, the company behind WordPress, aims to make liveblogging a much more pleasant experience for all concerned.
- Upgrade Your WordPress Site via SSH – Though you can always upgrade from within WordPress using the 1-click method, the shell method is more secure as it encrypts all the data transfer.
- WordPress Integration with WP-Piwik – By using the Piwik API, WP-Piwik is able to include a summary statistics page to your WordPress dashboard.
- 5 Tools for Managing Multiple WordPress Sites from One Location – With the release of WordPress 3.0, we now have the ability to create a network of WordPress sites with one installation through the multisite feature. However, your needs may go beyond what multisite allows you to do, and so you may need to explore other options.
- The Top 10 Security Mistakes That Self-Hosted WordPress Blogs Make – There are a number of mistakes that self-hosted WordPress users can make that will increase their vulnerability to hackers.
Magento and eCommerce
- Magento Tip: Remove Breadcrumbs from Homepage – I wanted to remove the breadcrumbs from a single CMS page — in my case the home page (aka the front page) — in Magento. It’s rather easy to do as it turns out, but I had to work it out with my own brain because I couldn’t find it.
- 12 Tips for Optimizing SEO on Your Magento E-Commerce Site – To make an e-store more visible to potential buyers, there are many techniques within Magento that a website admin can implement to enhance his or her e-store ranking in search engine results.
- Fixing Magento Flat Collections with Chaos – After shipping code to a client that had a flat category bug, I had two clear choices. The first was to get serious about methodically testing any code that leaves my computer. The second was to come up with some crazy development methodology that would allow me to continue being lazy.
- Simple BOGOF Rule in Magento – Magento comes with a ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ option in the shopping cart price rules section, but it’s not entirely clear how to use it. Here’s a quick tutorial.
After all that, you’re probably ready for break, so relax with this video from Hudson. If you’re a fan of quirky stationary-based stop motion animation, it’ll be right up your alley. The music’s pretty good too.Posted in: Monthly Roundups