If you’ve been following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you probably know that we like to share our favorite ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento content on those channels. Then, at the end of each month, we gather up the most interesting and informative articles we’ve shared. Here’s the best of the bunch in one convenient place. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comment section!
WordPress and Blogging
- 5 Quick and Easy Tricks To Improve Your WordPress Theme – Here are a few behaviors I normally change when I’m writing a WordPress theme. Some of them are pretty basic, but they can really enhance the theme by making it go that extra mile.
- The Definitive Guide to WordPress Security – If you work in online marketing, the chances are good that you’ve worked on, are working on, or will at some point work on a WordPress site. If you work with WordPress.org in any capacity, this post is for you (much of this post doesn’t apply to WordPress.com hosted sites).
- WordPress Responsive Design Layout That Fits All Screens – WooCommerce is a freely available eCommerce plug-in that enables shop facilities on the WordPress website. WooCommerce’s functionality enables you to have extensions and beautiful themes that help designers create and customize WordPress websites and portals. Keeping it updated is a priority.
- A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a WordPress Developer – Since WordPress is one of the leading content management systems out there it spurs countless people to become developers themselves. Some of the best I know in the industry emerged from these “DIY developers” – people who started looking at code as a hobby.
- 5 Crazy SEO Mistakes Not to Make in WordPress – There’s a nasty rumor going around that WordPress is beautifully set up for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) “out of the box.” Now don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge fan of WordPress – but the core software does need a little nudge in the right direction when it comes to SEO.
- Free WordPress Plugins: Respect the Author – Just over a week ago, I read a blog post on ManageWP entitled “Is WordPress SEO by Yoast Broken”. The post details three issues the author has with the plugin and his efforts to get support for it.
- WordPress Plugins, Concerns and Advice – Do you love WordPress as much as I do? It is the most popular platform for blogging today. It’s also the most vulnerable because there are so many ways people can hack into it and destroy all of our hard work.
- WordPress 3.6 Release Candidate Teases Content Marketing Goodies – WordPress is still not quite ready to officially release the highly anticipated version 3.6. For now, those who just can’t wait to get their hands on the new platform can play with the release candidate version.
- Inviting ExpressionEngine Add-on Developers Into Your Environment – A few months back, I wrote a post about getting your support request to the top of the queue. In it, I casually mentioned that I felt inviting third-party developers into your ExpressionEngine environment as Super Admins was a security risk, and should be avoided. I’ve since had a few conversations with other third-party add-on developers who expressed their disagreement with this position.
- JAIL-ing images in ExpressionEngine – A while back I came across a link to Sebastiano Armeli-Battana’s jQuery Asynchronous Image Loader (JAIL) and filed it away to revisit when I had some time. I finally made some time this weekend. JAIL’s a cool little script that takes care of lazy loading images for you in order to speed up initial page rendering.
- How We Build Our Own Quotes With ExpressionEngine – For a small web shop, creating estimates and quotes can be a joy killer. I just want to make stuff, man – not write out endless spec documents! It’s true. Being old school print designers let me tell you how this process went for years.
Magento and eCommerce
- US Online Retail Sales – Statistics and Trends [Infographic] – Online Retail sales in the US are growing. Check out our infographic “US Online Retail Sales – Statistics and Trends “for a by-region analysis of US online retail industry, growth forecast and worldwide B2C e-commerce sales.
- Seven Secrets to eCommerce Success – When overhauling their digital marketing strategy, businesses tend to concentrate on their website, focusing on functionally effective, visually beautiful pages. But the best companies know there’s much more to eCommerce than a successful website.
- SEO and Magento Ecommerce – Magento has been labelled as very Search Engine friendly, but what does this mean? Why is this important? The bottom line for any Ecommerce site is selling products. The idea is (or should be) to make money. In order to do this you have to get people to visit your site, and once there convert them into customers.
- Tips for Designing a Better Magento Website – Whether you are designing a Magento website or you are a Magento store owner, there are some important things to keep in mind in terms of your website’s design. While you already know that you want your website to look good and sell products, you might not know exactly how to go about choosing the best Magento theme for you.
- How Social Data Can Help e-Commerce Businesses Improve Their Bottom Line – After social media, “big data” is set to be the biggest internet buzzword in the next few years. We’ve been accumulating a tremendous amount of data from social networking sites over the last half decade or so (social networking accounts for 27% of all time spent online).
- 8 Money Draining Website Mistakes That Could Cost You Sales – ince the advent of the commercial Internet, I’ve collected tens of thousands of data points that have given me the ability to identify the top 8 Money Draining Website Mistakes. These are the things that literally cause a business website to leak serious money every day in the form of lost sales.
- This is Why You Need to Take Website Design Seriously – Here is a great example of the clever thinking you should be applying to your ecommerce website design – but in all likelihood plenty of people don’t. What you’re looking at below are slides showing the website of an Australian-based company, before and after some tweaks were made.
This month, we’ll leave you with an inspiring video, “The Pixel Painter.” This is a wonderful testament to the power of technology.Posted in: Monthly Roundups