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

August 20, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

RoundupIt’s an exciting time around Nexcess. We had our annual grill off this month. As usual, we all won. Additionally, EllisLab has started releasing developer previews for ExpressionEngine 3.0, Magento 2 is getting closer and closer, and even WordPress dropped their 4.3 “Billie.” So without further ado, here’s the best of the rest WordPress, Magento, and ExpressionEngine articles from July and August 2015. If you’re looking for the same 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

  • 10 WordPress Plugins We Greatly Admire – With so many plugins available for your self-hosted WordPress site, it can often be really tough to choose the ones that best suit your needs. Currently, there are nearly 40,000 plugins in the official repo, not to mention countless premium plugins available for purchase from a host of different companies.
  • Designing Custom Images For Your Online Content, Faster! – Visual elements are a huge part of online publishing. Whether you are creating social media updates, blog posts, eBooks or slide decks on SlideShare, if your post contains images, then you’ll get exponentially better engagement.
  • Finding Vulnerabilities in Core WordPress: A Bug Hunter’s Trilogy, Part I – A number of critical vulnerabilities exist in default WordPress installations, allowing potential compromise of millions of live web sites.
  • We Stopped Publishing New Blog Posts for One Month. Here’s What Happened. – One of the implicit values in our Buffer marketing is to challenge assumptions. And one of the biggest assumptions I have about our content is that we should be publishing original articles to the blog multiple times each week.
  • WordPress 4.3 “Billie” – Version 4.3 of WordPress, named “Billie” in honor of jazz singer Billie Holiday, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.3 make it even easier to format your content and customize your site.


  • ExpressionEngine 3: Developer Preview Status Update – This initial Developer Preview release (DP1 or 3.0.0-dp.1) is a huge milestone. We still have a lot of work to do, and this release is not the finished product, not even a beta/functional preview. But it is ready to let some programmers outside of EllisLab start playing with the new architecture.
  • Register – ExpressionEngine Conference – ExpressionEngine 3.0 is almost here, and this year’s conference is dedicated to getting you ready.
  • Automating CSS Changes with ExpressionEngine – With a bit of SCSS, ExpressionEngine and a color picker field type, we gave our client the ability to update CSS throughout the site.  

Magento and eCommerce

  • 5 E-Commerce Techniques To Know For The 2015 Holiday Season – If you’re like most e-commerce organizations, you’re already deep into planning for the 2015 holiday season, aiming to optimize revenues during one of the most frenzied shopping periods of the year.
  • 4 Ecommerce Conversion Killers Magento Helps Combat – Getting customers to your ecommerce store is only half of the problem. There are many stages between landing and checkout, each of which presents an opportunity for the interested shopper to have a change of heart.
  • From Desktop To Thumbtop: A Sneak Glimpse Of E-commerce In 2016 – As history has taught us about media and technology in the past, with the introduction of any new technology, we’ll always have the initial hype and scare that life, as we know it will never be the same.
  • Facebook Inc’s Biggest Advantage in E-Commerce – People don’t like to shop on Facebook. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from Facebook’s early tests with commerce. But the company is back at it again, testing storefronts on select retailers’ pages.
  • Four Noticeable Improvements in Magento 2.0 – In the Magento world everyone is eagerly anticipating the release of  Magento 2.0 in the fall of 2015 (hopefully). But what is new new or different in Magento 2.0?
  • The Pros and Cons of Popular Ecommerce Payment Options – There are a few payment options that come to mind immediately when you consider the various possibilities for your ecommerce site. The first, of course, is the credit or debit card. Next is almost invariably PayPal.
  • Magento 2 Object Manager Preferences Today we’re going to explore the “class preference” feature of Magento 2’s object-manager/dependency-injection system. While this feature is a direct descendant of Magento 1’s class rewrite system, it ends up playing a different role in Magento 2.

To end this month, we’ll leave you with a fun project. This couple turned their kitchen into a real life Simpsons’ replica.

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