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

December 31, 2014 0 Comments RSS Feed

December RoundupSince our pre-Thanksgiving roundup, we’re sure you’ve all been snowed under by Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and getting ready for the remaining holiday shopping push. In the interim, we’ve had the pleasure of attending Magento Live Australia, an event we were honored to have the opportunity to speak at (slides of which we have shared at the bottom of this post), the new WordPress 4.1, Dinah, has been released with a variety of updates, and the world of eCommerce is singularly focused on the holiday season. If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you’ll you know that we like to share our favorite Magento, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress articles throughout the month. Here are the best from December. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section.

WordPress and Blogging

  • WordPress 4.1 is Now Available: Here’s What’s New – WordPress announced the release of version 4.1 of it’s software today, which is now available to either download or update directly from your WordPress dashboard.The new version of WordPress is code named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington.
  • Clean Up Your WordPress Plugins to Avoid SoakSoak and Other Malware Threats – Watch out for SoakSoak, a new malware threat that has compromised more than 100,000 WordPress websites and led to more than 11,000 domains’ being blacklisted by Google.
  • 10 Useful WordPress Functions You Might Not Know About – WordPress is full of great functions for us developers to use. We can pull post lists out of thin air, manipulate almost everything about them, grab any user we wish and display their social media connections in a jiffy.
  • What To Consider When Choosing A WordPress Theme – Economists have taught us that a lot of choice is not always a good thing. Having many options can lead to “analysis paralysis” and a feeling of being overwhelmed, due to the increased effort required and the level of uncertainty in making the right choice.
  • How to Use WordPress Plugins to Streamline Your Business – Are you using WordPress for business? Do you need to streamline key online business processes? With WordPress plugins, you can automate online sales, customer service, project management, email marketing and more.


  • Adaptive Images in ExpressionEngine With CE Image – One of the biggest headaches of responsive design has been dealing with images. Thankfully our work on the Responsive Images Issues Community Group has resulted in a rock-solid set of elements and attributes to address all of your adaptive image needs.
  • nginx Configuration for ExpressionEngine – Vector Media Group recently open sourced their nginx configuration for ExpressionEngine. The Github repository README has full instructions for installing and using nginx, including support for SSL, CE Cache, and more.
  • The ExpressionEngine Add-On Addiction – At our local EE Meetup last month we had a mastermind session of sorts where we talked about ExpressionEngine and our businesses and development processes. It was a good session for sure. One thing we got to talking about was moving away from using so many third-party add-ons in EE. Sacrilege?

Magento and eCommerce

To end this month, we’ll leave you with the slides from our Magento Live Australia talk. Enjoy!

Image via: Flickr User/dok1
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