With the winter quickly coming to an end, that means conference season is upon us. We’ll be at Magento Imagine next month and then Meet Magento Netherlands the month after that. You can purchase tickets here. In other news, we are now offering ExpressionEngine 3.1 hosting plans. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. So without further hesitation, we’ll let you get to the roundup of March’s best. 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
- This CEO Runs a Billion-Dollar Company With No Offices or Email – Even if you aren’t familiar with what WordPress is, or use it to publish content on the internet, there’s a good chance you’ve visited a website that runs on it–and probably within just the past 24 hours.
- Facebook Announces a WordPress Plugin that Lets Publishers Easily Create Instant Articles – As Facebook prepares to roll out Instant Articles to all publishers next month, the company said Monday that it’s partnering with WordPress.com’s parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin.
- When a WordPress Plugin Goes Bad – Last summer we shared a story about the SweetCaptcha WordPress plugin injecting ads and causing malvertising problems for websites that leveraged the plugin. When this plugin was removed from the official WordPress Plugin directory, the authors revived another WordPress account with a long abandoned plugin and uploaded SweetCaptcha as a “new version” of that plugin.
- Are WordPress Themes Killing Web Design? – Every so often, somebody writes a post claiming something is dead. Email is dead. SEO is dead. Facebook is dead. Web Design has not been spared, and we’ve seen bold claims of the imminent death of web design on Mashable. They claim that ready-made themes are killing the industry.
- Is Managed WordPress Hosting Right For You? – For anyone who wants to create a website using WordPress, the array of hosting options can be bewildering: shared, virtual private server, cloud, dedicated server, and an abundance of other designations that are largely marketing jargon.
- Nexcess Introduces ExpressionEngine 3.1 CMS Hosting Plans – We are proud to announce that the newest version of ExpressionEngine — ExpressionEngine 3.1 — is now available on our performance-optimized hosting platform.
- 5 Reasons ExpressionEngine is Great for SEO – We’ve worked with ExpressionEngine to build websites of all sizes for many years (more on that here). We also do a bit of SEO work for our clients – many of them realize that once you build a site, you need to continually optimize it so that it is easily found by users and search engines.
- The Future of the London ExpressionEngine Meetup – In case you didn’t hear the news, the Rye Group is taking over the London ExpressionEngine Meetup group for 2016.
— EEHUB (@ee_hub) March 3, 2016
Magento and eCommerce
- Reasons to Use or Upgrade to Magento 2.0 – With more than 250,000 stores worldwide—including B2C brands like Paul Smith and Nike AU, and B2B brands like Igepa and Zoetis — and over $50 billion in gross merchandise transacted annually on the Community and Enterprise editions, Magento represents a very appealing proposition for merchants globally.
- Magento 2 Contributes to the Global Ecommerce Platforms Market – Often, the result of hard and long-term work can be expressed in just several figures. So, we continue to draw the contemporary ecommerce landscape investigating the forces able to bring changes to our everyday online shopping experience.
- Our Process of Designing a Magento Web Store – Do you know in how many steps designing a Magento web store is divided? There is so much “invisible” work behind the final design of a Magento web store and in the following text I will try to explain how and why we do what we do.
- Infinite Scrolling, Pagination Or “Load More” Buttons? Usability Findings In eCommerce – What is the best UX pattern to display products on an e-commerce website: pagination, a “Load more” button or infinite scrolling? At Baymard Institute, we’ve conducted several year-long large-scale usability studies of more than 50+ leading e-commerce websites.
- In the Future of Retail, We’re Never Not Shopping – Most retail outlets — whether conventional brick-and-mortar shops, digitally enhanced stores like Macy’s in the U.S. or Burberry in the UK, or online stores — assume a traditional three-stage consumption model. The customer experiences a need, shops to satisfy the need, and then consumes or uses the product purchased (I need shoes, I buy shoes, I wear them).
- Meet the 2016 Magento Masters: Makers – At MagentoLive France, we announced the Magento Masters program to recognize top contributors in our ecosystem. Last week we shared this year’s Movers with you, yesterday we shared this year’s Mentors.
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