August was a big month around Nexcess. We had our Fourth Annual Grill-Off to benefit Pediatric cancer. It was a great day filled with hundreds of pounds of smoked meat, scavenger hunts, a dunk tank, and six shaved heads. When it was all said and done, we were thrilled to be able to raise $6800 for a great cause. Read more about the day here. And of course there was the solar eclipse. We even got out of the data center to see it. Now let’s jump right into the roundup. 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 WooCommerce
- We Called it Gutenberg for a Reason – In this post on his personal blog, Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg takes a look at how “Gutenberg moves every part of the WordPress ecosystem forward.”
- Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat – Ransomware is commonly targets Windows workstations. However, WordFence is finding that WordPress sites are now also being targeted.
- WordPress 101: The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Setting Up a Website – Getting started with WordPress? Brenda Barron put together this nice guide to help you start setting up your website.
- Five Settings New Store Owners May Miss in WooCommerce – If you’re unfamiliar with WooCommerce, the Settings can be a bit overwhelming. In this post, BobWP offers up five useful settings you might not know about.
- WooCommerce Developers Conference – We’re proud to be a sponsor of this year’s WooCommerce Developers Conference, which is taking place this October in Seattle. Learn more about the event here.
Content Management Systems & Blogging
- Ghost, the Open Source Blogging System, is Ready for Prime Time – Released four years ago, in this TechCrunch post, John Biggs explains why he thinks the blogging system is finally ready for your consideration.
- Why We Love Craft CMS – Looking for a new content management system? Here’s electricputty’s ode to Craft CMS.
- Looking Forward with Joomla! 4 – Joomla! announced that the next major Joomla releases will require PHP 7. More details in the post.
- ExpressionEngine 3.5.11 Released
Design and Development
- Trending Developer Skills, Based on my Analysis of “Ask HN: Who’s Hiring?” – Ryan Williams created Hacker News Hiring Trends to identify and predict emerging technologies. Here’s a closer look.
- 10 Guidelines to Improve Your Web Accessibility – Is your website universally accessible? This post offers up ten tips to help you make sure that your site provides a good experience for all users.
- AI and the Continuous Delivery Model are the Future of Software Development – With businesses needing to speed up their software development, continuous delivery has become increasingly important. This post looks at the role AI will play.
- Pantone Announces New Purple Shade in Honor of Prince – Designers and Prince fans rejoice. Pantone released Love Symbol #2, in honor of Prince’s signature purple.
Magento and eCommerce
- The Technical Guide to Common Magento SEO Issues – This post from Dan Taylor looks at some of the most common Magento SEO issues and offers advice on how to overcome them.
- Don’t Panic: Learning Magento 2 As A Developer – Are you a web developer thinking about making the jump to Magento 2? Paradox Labs goes over some of the new features you should be ready for.
- A Guide to International Expansion with Magento Enterprise – This post from Inviqa explores “how to use Magento Enterprise as a platform for international growth.”
- Google and Magento Combine to Create Progressive Web Apps – There is a lot of enthusiasm around progressive web apps and it appears that Magento and Google agree. Here’s a look at their new partnership.
- As Amazon’s Influence Grows, Marketers Scramble to Tailor Strategies – Amazon’s sphere of influence is only getting bigger. This article from The New York Times looks at how smaller eCommerce businesses are changing up their marketing strategies in response.