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December’s Best Magento, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress Content

December 22, 2015 0 Comments RSS Feed

Product DocumentationBlack Friday 2015 was the first time ever that online sales outpaced in-store sales on the post Thanksgiving shopping holiday. And Cyber Monday was the biggest ever. Commerce is going online. We hope your business is prepared. The time since our last roundup has been highlighted by the release of PHP 7 and WordPress 4.4, as well as a proliferation of “Year End” lists. Without further ado, check out December’s best content here, year end list included :) If you’re looking for the same great articles 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

  • WordPress 4.4 Will Revolutionize How We Publish – WordPress 4.4, named ‘Clifford’ in honor of jazz legend Clifford Brown, has just been released. It’s available to download or can be updated from an existing installation’s dashboard.
  • Introducing Term Meta Data In WordPress And How To Use Them – WordPress 4.4 introduced term meta data which allows you to save meta values for terms in a similar way to post meta data. This is a highly anticipated and logical addition to the
  • 8 Creative Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog with Facebook – You’re doing everything you can to drive traffic to your blog. You’re emailing your subscribers. You’re using Facebook to disseminate content. The problem is, with so much happening on Facebook, how do you capture your audience’s attention among all the noise?
  • The Six Biggest Mistakes In Corporate Blogging – Content marketing, like any other business initiative, is a learned skill. It’s not as simple as sitting down at your keyboard and typing out a few bits of advice relevant to your niche. (It actually used to be a lot like this, but now it is much more competitive.)
  • How to Do an End of 2015 Blog Audit – Hey you there, the one with the blog. Put down that wrapping paper (keep the eggnog, you’ll need sustenance), it’s time for you to take a quick look back at the year that was on your site, even though we’re heading into the busiest season of the year.


  • How Becoming an Influencer Helped My Company Succeed – My company, Focus Lab, has made US$3,330,727 in revenue as a result of showing our work. How have CMSes, Dribbble and niche communities made this possible? Let me share my story.
  • ExpressionEngine Mental Model – I’ve always taught people new to ExpressionEngine that it can be thought of as a salad bar. I think one of the hardest parts about learning ExpressionEngine is just grokking how it works at a conceptual level. So to help explain it…let’s imagine….
  • More on the New Service Architecture in ExpressionEngine 3 – I was converting our Rating add-on for ExpressionEngine 3. Rating is one of our oldest and best selling add-ons. I first wrote it when I started working with ExpressionEngine when it first came out in 2004.

Magento and eCommerce

  • Magento and PHP 7 – Magento is one of the biggest and most popular e-commerce platforms written in PHP. The very first Magento release, known as ‘Bento’, is dated to March 31, 2008. For that time the actual PHP version was 5.2. Nowadays we are happy users of Magento 1.9 that supports PHP versions up to 5.5.x (officially announced), but the platform also smoothly runs on PHP v5.6.
  • Beginners Guide To Magento: Your First Module – In this lesson, we are going to talk about registering your module for Magento. When you register your module, you are letting Magento know that you have a customization that you’ve written.
  • The New Wave Of Selling On Mobile And Social – The holiday season is here, and shoppers and merchants alike are gearing up for the busiest shopping season of the year. How will technology impact retail this season, and what’s new in 2015 about the ancient “art of the sale”?
  • E-commerce Channel Partners Prep Merchants for Holiday Sales – E-commerce channel partners have spent the past few months preparing merchants for the holiday shopping season, helping their clients adopt new technologies and new approaches for luring customers to online shopping sites.
  • Magento 1 vs Magento 2 – Should I Stay or Should I Go? – The Clash put it nicely: “If I go there will be trouble… and if I stay it will be double.” Do these lyrics hold true for merchants planning their move from 1.x to Magento 2? What’s involved and how to make a good decision on when is the right time to plan a move?
  • Buyer’s Remorse: How It Impacts eCommerce Customers – As optimizers, so much of our focus is spent on the pre-conversion phase. How do we get more people to checkout successfully? How do we get more people to inquire about our agency’s rates?
  • Cyber Monday Beat Forecasts With A Record $3.07 Billion In Sales, 26% From Mobile Devices Yesterday’s Cyber Monday sales event was already poised to break records with a forecasted $3 billion in sales, making it the largest online sales day in U.S. history. It ended up beating those estimates, however, according to the final numbers provided by Adobe’s Digital Index today.

To end this month, we’ll leave you with a fun look back as computer scientists remember their first computer.

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