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Roundup of May’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content

June 5, 2014 0 Comments RSS Feed

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May was an important month for the Magento community, as over two thousand members came together for the Imagine Conference in Las Vegas (an event we were thrilled to sponsor), and, in equally big news, Magento co-founder Roy Rubin announced that he would be stepping down from position as the CEO of Magento. Here at Nexcess, we’ve been connected with Roy since the Varien days and would like to thank him for his incredible contribution to eCommerce. Although those were two of the biggest stories from May, there were still a lot of other happenings in the world of eCommerce, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine. So, without further ado, here’s our roundup of the best posts from the last 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 if we missed anything important in the comment section!

WordPress and Blogging

  • Parent Automattic Raises $160 Million, Valued at $1.16 Billion – Automattic, the company behind and other Web publishing tools, has raised $160 million from investors, including Insight Venture Partners, CEO Matt Mullenweg confirmed.
  • Proper WordPress Filesystem Permissions And Ownerships – When people talk about WordPress security, file permissions and ownership are usually the last thing on their minds. Installing security plugins is a good practice and a must for every WordPress website.
  • WordPress Statistics for the Top 500K Sites – Results in the charts below are derived from examining the Alexa top 500K sites. WordPress sites were identified through discovery of /wp−DVFMTSC−>−content/plugins/ and / or /wp−DVFMTSC−>−content/themes/ in the HTML source of the page.
  • How to Create a Business Blogging Plan – Do you have a business blog? Are you ready to start publishing blog posts, but don’t know where to start? Before you start a blog to support your business, you need a comprehensive plan.
  • A Platform and Blogging Tool, Medium Charms Writers – Evan Williams is at it again. Mr. Williams is sitting in an office here a mile up the road from Twitter, where he is a founder and is still a board member, working on Medium, an amorphous-sounding company that could be one more curio of the Internet age or might end up taking over the world.
  • Vulnerability found in the All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin – The team behind the All in One SEO Pack just released a new version of their popular WordPress plugin. It is a security release patching two privilege escalation vulnerabilities we discovered earlier this week that may affect any web site running it.
  • How to Limit WordPress’ Compatibility, and Why You Should – As web designers, it goes against our nature to restrict access to our code. We’re taught to maximize compatibility of our websites and strive for backwards compatibility wherever possible; to create progressively enhanced and gracefully degrading sites.


  • ExpressionEngine – Template Layouts – ​Until now ExpressionEngine powered sites typically relied on a mixture of embedded templates, Snippets and Global variables to build up common page elements such as Header, Navigation and Footer.
  • Why You Should Use Low Variables on Your ExpressionEngine Builds – I’ve been using Low Variables on all of my ExpressionEngine builds for the last couple of years and I think you should be too. Low Variables (LV) is basically the swiss army knife of ExpressionEngine addons, a multipurpose tool that will allow you to do more with less.
  • Getting Grunt Up and Running with ExpressionEngine – We’ve recently switched over to using Grunt recently on our projects. Since so many other blog posts out there got me started on this, it only seemed fair that I write one up myself.

Magento and eCommerce

  • Leaving Magento – Last week, I had the privilege of listening to Malcolm Gladwell address 2,000 attendees at Magento’s 4th annual Imagine eCommerce Conference.
  • Magento Appeals to the Modern Internet Retailer – eBay Enterprise has released new versions of its Magento Enterprise Edition (version 1.14) and Community Edition (version 1.9) – one of the most popular e-commerce platforms on the Net today.
  • 41 Takeaways from Magento Imagine 2014 – Sin City’s motto might be ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ but on this occasion there are a lot of things worth shouting home about. After an exciting, but exhausting, three days at Magento Imagine we have managed to cram our brains with an awful lot of information.
  • Magento SEO: How to Optimize Your Magento Store for Search – Since its launch in 2008, Magento has grown from a niche e-commerce platform into an incredibly popular content management system. With over 200,000 online stores using Magento, selecting it for your e-commerce project is a fantastic decision.
  • Magento Basics, Request Flow, Standards and Best Practices – Nowadays, companies are migrating their businesses online more and more. They’ve chosen to direct their attention to online communication in order to stay closer to their potential buyers.
  • Developer’s Toolbox: Creating Multiple Storefronts in Magento – As a developer and self-proclaimed Magento evangelist, I’m a huge fan of the platform’s multiple storefront functionality. What I’m referring to is the advanced feature set which allows eTailers to host multiple storefronts in Magento within one installation and on the same server without having to duplicate files.
  • 5 Things to Look For in the Right eCommerce Platform for Your Business – A recent NAB report shows Australia’s online retail spending increased to $14.9 billion for the year to January 2014, up 11.3 percent on the previous year.

To end this month, we leave you with a video of a pizza delivering drone. The future of eCommerce? Maybe.

Image via Flickr user: austinevan

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