With all the great (and some not so great) content out there, it can hard to stay caught up on every bit of relevant news. That’s why we gathered up the best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento articles from September for your convenience. If you’d like more great content throughout the month, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comment section!
WordPress and Blogging
- 15 Expert Guides to WordPress: Tips, Techniques, Plugins and More – Powered by legions of fans and armies of developers, WordPress has evolved from a humble blogging platform to a flexible, robust and ubiquitous CMS. WordPress now powers one out of every six sites on the web, and half of all sites built on a content management system.
- Powerful WordPress Tips And Tricks – I’ve been working with WordPress since the dawn of time, and even though I peek at the source code regularly, I still discover new tips and tricks. I’ve compiled my own list of 21 techniques that are handy, clever, fun or best practices rarely followed. I hope everyone finds something new in the list!
- The HubSpot COS vs. WordPress – You know we love WordPress. We love WordPress so much that it was the only platform we chose to develop websites for our on … until now. We also love HubSpot, but until recently, the HubSpot platform simply did not offer the design potential and flexibility that WordPress did.
- 8 Unusual and Surprising Uses for WordPress – From social networks to intranets, from directories to RSS aggregators – WordPress has you covered. Between all of the free and paid themes and plugins, you can make your WordPress site pretty much anything you want it to be.
- How Many Geeks Does it Take to Make a WordPress Website? – According to Dictionary.com the definition for geek is far from the negative connotation used in day to day conversation.
- How to Avoid Being One of the “73%” of WordPress Sites Vulnerable to Attack – A recent investigation has concluded that 73% of the 40,000 most popular websites that use WordPress software are vulnerable to attack. The research was conducted between Sept 12 and Sept 15, shortly after the release of the WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release.
- WordPress Gets File Sharing, Collaboration Features with Cloudup Acquisition – This week, WordPress.com parent Automattic furthered its goal of world domination — that is, powering most of the planet’s websites — with the purchase of file-sharing startup Cloudup.
- Beginners Guide To SEO On WordPress – So you’ve got WordPress powering your website. Good for you! Now what about SEO? I wanted to share a Beginners Guide To SEO On WordPress because a lot of folks have asked me about it. Well, before that, how’s your content?
- Publishing to ExpressionEngine from Editorial – As my working life gets busier I’m increasingly finding doing the writing and thinking type of work on my laptop unfeasible. There are too many applications, too many distractions and I could easily be back in code or email or something else that isn’t what I planned on doing.
- ExpressionEngine 2.7: The New Grid Fieldtype – EllisLab recently released the latest major point update to their ExpressionEngine CMS. The latest update will bring some new opportunities for existing EE sites and open up a number of possibilities for how we can use and manipulate content on an EE powered site.
Magento and eCommerce
- Developers Toolbox: Adding Rich Snippets to Magento Products with Schema.org Tags – Developers are always working towards a more semantic web. Isn’t part of the appeal of the web being able to send and share information? Thankfully, we have people way smarter than myself figuring out new ways to quickly and accurately share data across multiple platforms that speak different languages without issue.
- MicroBiz Fully Integrates Your Retail Business With Magento – If you have ever shopped online with Nike, Olympus, or The North Face, you have come into contact with Magento during your checkout. In addition to big-name brands, smaller retailers also use Magento, but run into issues because it operates independently from their point of sales systems.
- Is Your Shopping Cart Responsive to Mobile Shoppers? – Many merchants are concerned about how their websites look to mobile shoppers as more and more people browse and make purchases using smartphones and tablets. One approach is to create a mobile version of their website.
- Magento Attributes: Let’s Talk About It – The key to successful e-commerce development: Attributes need to take center stage. They are the most important set of data you have in Magento. Attributes define price, color, model, year, and a whole array of other items, which are super flexible and very customizable.
- Tips to Protect eCommerce Website Availability and Security During the Holidays – With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, Internet retailers are gearing up for an onslaught of Web traffic — which is great, as long as they have the right measures in place to keep their customers safe and satisfied.
- eCommerce Best Practice: The ‘Basket Add.’ What Is It and How Should It Work? – As a bit of an ecommerce geek, I’m interested in the tiny things on sites, and today it’s the way sites indicate that customers have successfully added an item to their shopping baskets and usher them towards the checkout.
- Inside PayPal’s Big Purchase – Braintree, a payment-platform company that powers transactions for growing companies such as Uber and Airbnb, has reportedly been in the market for a buyer for more than a month now. After negotiations with Google went south earlier this month, the company has found a new parent: eBay’s PayPal.
This month, we’ll leave you with an awe-inspiring video that takes the spirit of collaboration to another level.