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

July 8, 2014 0 Comments RSS Feed

June 2014 RoundupWith the start of the World Cup in June, eyes around the globe have been glued to televisions ever since. Instead of judging you for missing all the great content that was being created over the last month, we went ahead and rounded it all up into one convenient location. These are the best eCommerce, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine posts from June. 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! P.S. Make sure to get to the end of the roundup for Minions playing soccer. It’s worth it, we swear.

WordPress and Blogging

  • How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website – A few months ago, I ran an experiment to see how much faster I could make one of my websites in less than two hours of work. After installing a handful of WordPress plugins and fixing a few simple errors, I had improved the website’s loading speed from 1.61 seconds to 583 milliseconds.
  • 6 Great WordPress Plugins for SEO – At last check, there are well over 31,000 different plugins in the WordPress Directory – and that number continues to grow daily. Plus, there are another 2,700 WordPress plugins available on CodeCanyon and many others available to download.
  • How Is WordPress Creating More Jobs And Is It A Career Path, Really? – With the advent of WordPress running over 22% of the Internet’s top 10 million websites (and growing), it’s no wonder the brand is becoming a job skill in itself. To be able to say “I know WordPress” is like saying you have an asset for your resume nowadays.
  • The Future of WordPress – There’s one thing that we can all agree on: the future of WordPress is bright. Outside of this, the ever-passionate WordPress community is a hotbed for debates on where WordPress should go from here.
  • How to Optimize Your Older Blog Content for Long Tail Conversion – A few weeks ago I was talking to Joe Chernov of HubSpot, a leading marketing software company with a very active blog community. As VP of Content, Joe’s role is to ensure that HubSpot’s content is consistently high in quality and driving valuable lead gen.
  • TimThumb Plugin for WordPress – Zero-Day Remote Code Execution Hole Disclosed, Quickly Fixed – If you run a website that includes regularly-changing content, like a blog, you may very well use WordPress. And if your website uses lots of images, at lots of different sizes and resolutions, you may be using a WordPress plugin called TimThumb.
  • Beginner Tips For Getting Started with WordPress Development – One of the advantages that’s often associated with building for WordPress is its low barrier to entry, and although this isn’t altogether false, it also makes it intimidating for anyone who is looking to truly get started in WordPress and struggled with knowing how – or where – to get started.

ExpressionEngine

  • A Comparison of Localization Solutions for ExpressionEngine – ​A recurring use case for an ExpressionEngine site is to provide content in two or more languages. EE’s framework includes the ability to translate its own control panel interface, but it doesn’t offer much help when it comes to the site itself.
  • New Conditionals Parser in 2.9 – In 2.9 we rewrote the conditional parser. It is more performant, more consistent, and has new operators.
  • Interview with James Mathias from EllisLab – We interviewed James Mathias, designer and Chief Creative Officer of EllisLab. EllisLab developed ExpressionEngine, a flexible content management system our developers and designers work with.

Magento and eCommerce

  • Developers Vet eCommerce Platforms, with Many to Choose From – Channel companies in the business of building e-commerce websites face a staggering array of choices when it comes to platforms for creating online stores.
  • eBay’s Magento to Shut Down Small-Business E-Commerce Product – eBay’s e-commerce software business Magento is killing off its Go product aimed at small-business owners and has inked a deal to move those customers over to competitor Bigcommerce’s service, a source familiar with the deal told Re/code.
  • 3 Ways to Get More out of Reviews on Your Magento Store – It’s not news that reviews are good for your online store. We all know they can build trust and increase sales. According to research, 63% of shoppers are more likely to make a purchase from a store that has reviews and 79%of shoppers trust reviews as much as personal recommendations.
  • 11 Tools Every Magento Site Should Have – Magento is the fastest growing ecommerce platform on the market today. It’s robust, flexible, and completely customizable. In addition to tons of useful features, you can add a wide variety of plugins and tools to further enhance performance.
  • Big Data and the Path to Purchase – The path to purchase has dozens of points where retailers can collect valuable data, enhance the shopping experience, and convert browsers into buyers.
  • Getting Started with PHP Composer and Magento – If you haven’t heard, PHP Composer is a package management system for PHP. It’s closest thing the PHP community has to something like Ruby Gems. The goal of package management systems is to make it super simple to add a new library and/or third party framework to the program you’re working on.
  • Maximizing Magento Performance [Infographic] – As the original Magento web hosting provider, nobody knows how to make a Magento storefront perform quite like Nexcess. The following infographic is a distilled version of our popular white paper: Best Practices for Optimum Magento Performance, which details how to improve Magento performance by 1,300% or greater.

To end this month, we leave you with Minions playing soccer.

Image via Flickr user: Mustang Joe

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