2017 is off to a quick start. Magento received two-hundred and fifty million dollars in funding. How do you think they should use the money? After eighteen months of work, Craft announced a Beta for Craft 3. Not to be outdone, ExpressionEngine 3.5 released with a host of great new features. EllisLab also announced an end-date for ExpressionEngine 2. It’s April 30th, 2017. Before we spoil the entire roundup, jump right into the best from January below. 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
- 50 Things to Do with WordPress Before You Die – Whether you work with WordPress full-time or just as a hobby, one thing’s for sure, you’re reading this because WordPress means something to you.
- What It Takes To Build Elite WordPress Themes – According to W3Techs, WordPress powers 27.4% of all websites on the Internet. It has grown from being just a blogging platform into a powerful content management system empowering individuals, businesses and communities.
- New Research: 3rd Annual Survey of 1000+ Bloggers – Every year, we ask 1000+ bloggers how they approach the job of creating content. The questions are simple, but the answers tell the story about a changing industry. The business of content is evolving.
- Medium vs. WordPress: Battle of the Blogging Platforms – Once upon a time, a blogger was defined as someone who published personal musings on an online journal. Today, blogging is a major component of content marketing — a practice 88 percent of B2B marketers now leverage to raise brand awareness and promote products.
- Are SSL-Only WordPress Features a Good Idea for WordPress Security? – Towards the end of last year, Matt Mullenweg announced that some upcoming features of WordPress may only be available on sites with SSL enabled. WordPress will also stop promoting web hosting companies that don’t make SSL available by default on WordPress hosting accounts.
ExpressionEngine & Craft
- EE Top 10: Ten Reasons We Choose ExpressionEngine – Like every professional, I want to make sure my team and I use the right tools for each job. For web development, we need tools with the right blend of power, ease of use, and stability.
- ExpressionEngine Tutorial – Create a blog – Part 1: Installation – Welcome to Part 1 of How to Create a Blog using ExpressionEngine. We are going to walk you through the basics of how we set up a very simple blog section here at Blue Fish.
- ExpressionEngine “Kitchen Sink” 3.5.0 Released – ExpressionEngine 3.5.0 is full of many time-saving improvements for content authors, site builders, and programmers alike. It’s a little of everything, a “kitchen sink” release that was borne mostly from the fact that we eat our own dogfood and there were some things we wanted for ourselves.
- ExpressionEngine 2 Retirement Date – ExpressionEngine 2 was scheduled for retirement last October. However, we found some customers were relying on complex add-ons like Structure (in beta at the time), so we delayed its retirement.
- Introduction to Craft CMS – Craft is a database-driven CMS that makes it easy to build and manage content-heavy websites. It was originally released in 2013 by Pixel & Tonic, a web development company that got its start building commercial add-ons for the ExpressionEngine CMS.
- Craft 3 Beta – It’s here! After about 18 months of work, we are ready to unveil the Craft 3 Beta. This is a huge update. Literally every line of code has been rewritten. Most of the application architecture has been refactored. A fair amount of code has been thrown out.
Magento and eCommerce
- Magento Security Patches: Why They’re Important – Open source software is a great way to quickly build complex solutions for your business; however, security issues can be easily discovered. When security patches for open source systems are released, it’s critical to apply patches as soon as possible to prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited.
- What’s New With Magento 2 – Magento 2 has made many major improvements to the older version. There are so many, I really can’t list all of them easily, but here are some of the major ones to note so far!
- Magento DevBox – “Magento DevBox” is the name for a new Magento 2 development environment under development. It is being built by Magento as a standard way to develop Magento 2 sites for developers on a local development machine (a laptop or desktop).
- Whoa! Magento Scores $250M from Hillhouse to Grow Ecommerce Platform – Magento Commerce this week gave new meaning to a “large round of funding,” scoring $250 million from Hillhouse Capital for growth, worldwide expansion of sales, marketing and client support, new product innovation and future acquisitions.
- Magento 2 in 2017 – How’s Things? – This is a quick, personal post inspired by Karen’s recent post, “What Magento Should spend some of that 250M on”. Karen’s post inspired me to break my entirely-too-long hiatus from blog posting to provide my personal viewpoint on Magento 2 and Magento Inc as we go into 2017.
- Magento Masters Spotlight: Miguel Balparda – 2016 was the inaugural year of our new top contributor program: Magento Masters. Many have asked what it takes to be a Magento Master, so we figured it would be great to spotlight our 2016 Magento Masters and let you get to know them and why they decided to get involved and contribute within the Magento Community.
- Will Facebook Marketplace Be the Next Ecommerce Heavyweight? – When new platforms such as Facebook Marketplace open for business, you need to capitalize on your first-mover advantage. Facebook will reward you.
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