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February 2016’s Best Magento, EECMS, and WordPress Content

February 25, 2016 0 Comments RSS Feed

RoundupWith political season well underway, what’s the only thing that Donald Trump and President Obama agree on? ExpressionEngine. That’s right. ExpressionEngine. Feel free to check out the rest of the top twenty EE sites in the roundup below. If you were unable to attend the first WordPress REST API conference, we’ve included the review of the biggest happenings as well. Maybe you’ll get there next year. That’s just a tease of the great posts you’ll find below. It’s time to jump right in. If you’re looking for the same great articles the rest of the month, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section.

WordPress and Blogging

  • Writing Beautiful Code in WordPress – Writing beautiful code in WordPress is a topic that any programmer, at some point in his or her career, is going to consider. I say this if for no other reason because it’s something that’s almost a right of passage for any programmer.
  • Lean WordPress: A Guide to Optimizing Your CMS – A fast site is more sustainable and typically more efficient with happier users who can find what they need quickly and easily. Just because a site isn’t fast doesn’t mean, however, that it is easy to maintain.
  • Publishing a Plugin to the WordPress Plugin Directory – In 2001, a blog tool called b2/cafelog was launched by Michel Valdrighi. Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked b2/cafelog and created WordPress in 2003. According to, “WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL.”
  • The First WordPress REST API Conference, in Review – I had the privilege to attend and be the media partner at A Day of REST, the world’s first conference devoted to the WordPress REST API. Here’s my initial review, and some pictures, from the event.
  • 5 Simple Strategies To Improve Your Blog’s Search Rankings – Whether you’re a B2B or B2C marketer, there is ample opportunity to boost your search engine rankings through blogging. However, you can’t implement a short-term approach to build a long-term source of organic traffic.


  • The 20 Largest ExpressionEngine Sites – Since May 2009, we’ve been keeping track of the largest ExpressionEngine sites on the Web. This year’s update proves once more that yes, ExpressionEngine can handle extremely large traffic, if you know how to set it up properly and if your hosting provider is reliable and robust.
  • Our Plans for ExpressionEngine 3 – Now that ExpressionEngine 3.1 is out and we’ve started to jump on the EE3 bandwagon, it’s time for us to share our thoughts and plans for the platform.
  • In-App Add-On Documentation Tip – Hey developers, thought I’d pass along a sweet GitHub feature I just discovered. No doubt you are already taking advantage of ExpressionEngine 3’s in-app documentation feature for your add-ons.
  • Nexcess Introduces ExpressionEngine 3.1 CMS Hosting Plans –  Nexcess, a provider of premium managed ExpressionEngine hosting and the Official Enterprise Hosting Partner of ExpressionEngine creator EllisLab, has announced that the newest version of ExpressionEngine — ExpressionEngine 3.1 — is now available on its performance-optimized hosting platform.

Magento and eCommerce

  • The Magento 2 Performance Guide – Good performance is a key aspect of a successful ecommerce project. It is not only important as a vital ranking factor, but is highly appreciated by customers. Thus, a fast online store often has a higher conversion rate than a slower one. As a result, it turns more visitors into buyers and helps to increase sales.
  • 11 Situations That Make Magento 2 Worth the Upgrade – Over the next few months, we will make our way through our first Magento 2 implementation. No doubt the experience will be a mix of foreseen and unforeseen challenges. To help you out, our Magento 2 systems architect will document those challenges monthly on this blog.  
  • 3 Monster Reasons to Leave Online Marketplaces and Start Your Own Online Store – Online marketplaces such as Etsy, eBay, and Amazon Marketplace helped to create and then boost an online shopping environment. There’s no denying that online marketplaces—something like a flea market for the internet—have been useful to thousands of startup ecommerce companies.
  • E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard – Ruchit Garg, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, says that he worries that something isn’t right with his Internet shopping habit. With each new delivery to his doorstep — sometimes several in a day — he faces the source of his guilt and frustration: another cardboard box.
  • Working With Models in Magento 2 – Models are a flexible, highly abstract class that represents business logic in your application.  Models in Magento 2 can be anything that is packaged up and labeled.  For instance, database tables are representative of models.
  • Top 5 E-Commerce Platforms in 2016 – There is no single ‘one-size-fits-all’ e-commerce platform solution that will work for every business. Be realistic with your specific 2016 online storefront needs, and one of these five will likely be the best fit for you.
  • Interview: Ksenia Dobreva Asks You to Meet Magento 2015 was a great year for Magento and for Meet Magento conferences alike. From the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Russia to Germany, Romania, Belarus and many more, thousands of developers, business owners and managers, marketers and Magento enthusiasts have attended Meet Magento conferences worldwide in an effort to consolidate a truly amazing community of e-commerce specialists driven by self-improvement through knowledge-sharing.

With the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, we’ll leave you with a video that looks at every Best Picture ever.

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