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The Monthly Round-up: November’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content

December 5, 2013 2 Comments RSS Feed

Best of November
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have already come and gone, but the eCommerce busy season is still going strong. While you’ve been out shopping and searching online for all those great deals, we’ve been busy gathering up the best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento articles from November. We’ve even added a few that should help get your website and eCommerce store ready for the holidays. 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

  • 25+ Considerations for Selecting a WordPress eCommerce Solution – Over the last six months we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of inquiries for WordPress eCommerce. I have no idea why, but the trend is something I can no longer ignore. It seems everyone wants to sell online and they want to use WordPress eCommerce.
  • Setting Up Grunt For WordPress – With the WordPress 3.8 development cycle underway, I thought it might be worth sharing how you can go about setting up Grunt for WordPress development on your local machine.
  • How To Identify WordPress Plugins On Any WordPress Website – I had someone contact me recently that wanted to know the name of the WordPress Plugin I was using on my sidebar for social media. I’m used to just getting this info on my own using Google Chrome’s inspect element feature, as it works for the vast majority of WordPress Plugins.
  • The 11 Biggest Myths about WordPress – Thousands of developers around the world are working to make WordPress better and bring it into the new web future. So it’s a bit frustrating to build a 20,000 page directory that is secure, fast, reliable and easily editable, then hear a client tell us “Isn’t WordPress just for blogging?”
  • The WordPress Plug-ins I Can’t Live Without– As every WordPress site owner knows (at least those of you who self-host), plug-ins are one of the most wonderful and useful things about WordPress. Much of the functionality you need, someone else needs, too—which means there’s probably a plug-in that provides it.
  • How to Optimize Your Images on WordPress – I really enjoyed the recent post by Amy Balliett 3 Tips to Plan Your SEO Campaign for The Visual Web, which made me think that maybe you would like to know how to optimize your images within WordPress.


  • The Modulus Operator – In ExpressionEngine 2.7.1, we introduced the modulus (%) operator for use in conditionals. It’s a fantastic alternative to {switch=} when you need a graceful way to handle potential “remainder entries.” So what does modulus do?

Magento and eCommerce

  • 7 Magento Extensions You May Be Missing – Every day, people download apps to improve their lives in some way – whether it’s to entertain them, make them more productive or connect with others. There’s also an “app store” of sorts that can help retailers be more agile on the Magento platform.
  • An E-Commerce Study: Guidelines For Better Navigation And Categories – Product findability is key to any e-commerce business — after all, if customers can’t find a product, they can’t buy it. Therefore, at Baymard Institute, we invested eight months conducting a large-scale usability research study on the product-finding experience.
  • Your Mobile eCommerce Strategy – Is It Ready? – If you have followed the growth of mobile eCommerce, you have probably received a lot of contradictory cues from the press and, even, respected researchers like Forrester, seem to offer conflicting views about web shopping on mobile devices.

This month, we’ll leave you with a very cool video, “WIND.” The creativity will blow you away.

Image via Flickr user: MIke Kline

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