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April 2016’s Best Magento, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine Content

April 26, 2016 0 Comments RSS Feed

Monthly RoundupWe know they say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” But let’s be honest, that wouldn’t be fair to the women and men who didn’t have a chance to make it out Magento Imagine 2016. As such, this month’s roundup will be heavy on Imagine 2016 content, so those of you who missed can feel like you were right in the middle of the action. It was also a very busy month for ExpressionEngine with the introduction of the ‘default theme’ and the arrival of EE 3.3. And not to be left out, WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” hit the streets in April. If you’re looking for the same great articles the rest of the year, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section.

WordPress and Blogging

  • Are WordPress Responsive Themes for Business The Right Choice? – Mobile should no longer be an afterthought for small and medium business websites. Mobile devices make up a significant proportion of web traffic. Businesses that offer a poor experience to mobile users risk losing custom and revenue.
  • Optimizing Images For Your WordPress Blog – Today’s average web page weighs in at 2 MB, a 7% increase over the last half-year and orders of magnitude larger than a few years ago. We include more scripts and more CSS, but the real culprit is images. Almost 70% of the average page’s bandwidth demand is consumed by images.
  • How Attackers Gain Access to WordPress Sites – On this blog we write a lot about different vulnerabilities that could lead to site compromise. In our Learning Center we go deep on a myriad of important topics related to WordPress security. Our handy checklist, for example, includes 42 items you really should be paying attention to.
  • Why Your Small Business Must Start a Blog – For those of you who have never visited a farm before, many of them have a large brick of salt for their animals, called a “salt lick.” A salt lick is exactly what the name implies. It’s a salt deposit that animals keep coming back to—and licking — in order to ingest nutrients they need.
  • What’s New in WordPress 4.5 – WordPress 4.5 has just been officially released, named ‘Coleman’ to honor the jazz musician Coleman Hawkins. The release lead was Mike Schroder, with the help of Adam Silverstein and Mel Choyce, as well as a massive total of 298 contributors.


  • Time to Upgrade PHP – Now that both ExpressionEngine 3 and ExpressionEngine 2 are compatible with PHP 7, you may be wondering whether it’s worth the trouble asking your host to upgrade PHP. Why fix what’s not broken, right? If your host is resistant, certainly it’s not worth shopping for a better host, right?
  • Focus Lab LLC’s EE Master Config (EE3) – The purpose of this repository is to share our quick multi-environment setup for ExpressionEngine 3. We use this on every EE project to quickly and easily get support for multiple servers setup. This enables us to deploy any of our sites to any server with minimal changes or updates to any code or settings.
  • ExpressionEngine 3.3.0 Released – This release represents one of the most productive releases by our team to date, and with it comes a bunch of new features. If you just want to download and get started right away, head on over and download it now. If you’d like to see what’s new, keep reading.
  • Introducing the Default Theme – ExpressionEngine is a powerful tool, perfect for skilled developers and designers to jump in and make their static website dynamic. What about the person who just wants to put up a blog, fast? That’s where the new default theme comes in.
  • 5 Reasons Why ExpressionEngine Is A Better Alternative To WordPress – Does ExpressionEngine really dominate its toughest opponent, WordPress, as the heavyweight champion of the content management system world? In our opinion, the answer is yes.

Magento and eCommerce

  • We Are Magento: Imagine 2016 Highlights – Imagine 2016 wrapped up in Vegas Wednesday, and we can’t say thank you enough to our attendees for making it another amazing event. Magento means a lot of different things to a lot of people and they all converge at Imagine.
  • Magento Is Reimagining Commerce: Magento Imagine 2016 Recap – 2016 marked the 5th year in a row that Demac has sponsored and exhibited at Magento Imagine. Through all of the smiling and familiar faces of our partners, customers and friends, it was great to see Magento come out of its shell after again becoming a private company last year.
  • Recapping Magento Imagine 2016 – Phew! I survived Magento Imagine 2016. I’m not sure my body is quite back to normal, but I am back on the East Coast with tons of memories, new ideas, new contacts and a much thinner wallet. Once again, Vegas did not disappoint.
  • The Top 10 Magento 2 Concepts You Need to Know – Are you a Magento developer who has yet to make the dive into Magento 2? Have no fear, because by the end of this article, you’re sure to be a bonafide Magento 2 expert!
  • Magento Marketplace Developer Guide – Today we’d like to share our own developer guide to Magento Marketplace. If you are a Magento merchant, check this one – Magento Marketplace Merchant Guide, but if your are going to sell your products through the new platform, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we will describe how to work with the marketplace.
  • Alarmbell Is A New Magento Security Extension – Alarmbell is an open source Magento extension for monitoring and notifying users of changes to a Magento store’s admin user accounts. A Magento eCommerce site is a high-value target for online criminals.

To end this month, here’s a look back at Imagine 2016. We can’t wait until 2017!

Imagine 2016 Highlight Video from Magento on Vimeo.

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