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

March 4, 2014 0 Comments RSS Feed

February Roundup

As the weeks and months pass, it seems like the amount of information out there just keeps increasing and increasing. In just twenty-eight days, February generated an incredible amount of new content, some worthy of sharing and some not so much. With that in mind, we try to work through the clutter and find only the most relevant articles to share with you. These are the best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento posts from our shortest month. If you’d like more great content on a day-to-day basis, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comment section!

WordPress and Blogging

  • WordPress: How It Came To Be And Where It’s Heading – 2013 was a busy year for me for conferences and travel. It was also the year I attended my first (and second) WordCamp. The first was WordCamp UK in July, where I met Mike Little, one of the two co-founders of WordPress. Three months later, I was honored to meet the other co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, twice in three weeks: at WordCamp Europe in Leiden, and at The Summit.
  • 9 Reasons Why WordPress is the Perfect Option for Most Small Business Websites – If you need an easy-to-use website to grow your business or your brand, there are plenty of options to choose from. But for last several years, when asked this question, I’ve suggest using WordPress in almost all cases.
  • 3 Reasons Every Grad Student Should Learn WordPress – Every semester I try to find new ways to improve the way I write and teach. In previous years I’ve committed to learning Photoshop to create better visuals for presentations, painting to boost my creativity, and sculpting to get a better understanding of pottery production (an important skill for archaeologists).
  • Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Custom Database Queries – Throughout this series, we’ve been looking at the various facilities that make it possible to treat WordPress as a foundation for web application development.
  • Set up a WordPress Site on the Raspberry Pi – I have already written articles showing how to set up the Raspberry Pi and how to set up a personal web server on the Raspberry Pi. I was recently asked whether I could expand further and show how to install WordPress onto the web server.
  • 4 Reasons Why Blogging Beginners Should Be In The WordPress Community– Few open source projects have had the same impact on the Internet that WordPress has. For those with a story to tell, WordPress has made it trivially easy to share it with the world.
  • 5 Things all Entrepreneurs Should Know Before Starting A Blog – Blogging gets a great rep across the Internet – it’s a proven way to increase traffic, gain leads, brand your business, and build your niche authority. Social Media Examiner conducted a survey that revealed that 68% of small businesses and self-employed entrepeneurs employ blogs as an integral social media marketing strategy for their business growth.
  • 6 WordPress Plugins That Ensure Your Posts Look Good When Shared on Social Media – Do you blog? Are you looking for WordPress plugins to help control how your content looks when it’s shared across social media? In this article, I’ll share the best WordPress plugins you can use to make your social shares look great everywhere.


Magento and eCommerce

  • Ecommerce Tips From A Magento Expert: The Differences Between Adaptive and Responsive Design – A few corporations simply haven’t gotten the message yet that the online world has changed profoundly due to the introduction of a plethora of connected mobile devices.
  • How One Small Sandwich Shop Became a Giant eCommerce Success Story – I’m a liberal arts guy – not just in spirit but also education, having studied History at Vassar College. During those four years I was introduced to many new ideas, including one by classmate Lee Zalben: peanut butter can solve all problems.
  • 4 Ways to Sell More Products Online – As we discussed recently in this post, making money via blogging is far more than fanciful thinking; for an increasing number of dedicated bloggers, it’s a rewarding reality.
  • SEO Quickie: #Magento Configuration Guide – Magento is the most used e-commerce platform in the world and powers over 200,000 e-commerce stores. Magento can be SEO-friendly, however the “out of the box” installation does have a number of SEO issues.
  • How to Design an Ecommerce Checkout Flow That Converts – The checkout flow is where the money is at. Think about it, random strikers leave the site before ever entering the checkout funnel, while motivated buyers come here to finish their order. Any small increase in this step usually has a direct impact on how much more money your site makes.
  • Magento Commerce SEO: A Primer – Magento is a widely used open-source content management system and commerce platform for businesses ranging in scope from major retailers to small-and-medium businesses selling things online for the first time.
  • For Magento Developers, Hack Is Another Word for Help – Magento developers harnessed social media to collaborate during the company’s first virtual hackathon, using Google+ hangouts, Twitter, IRC and email to create more resources for the Magento ecosystem.

On Sunday night, Her, the movie about a man who falls in love with his operating system, won an Oscar. This funny parody imagines how the romance would have gone in 1995.

Image via Flickr user: sookhyun

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