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Responsive Design Or A Mobile Site For WordPress Mobile-Friendliness?

June 16, 2015 0 Comments

WordPress Mobile-FriendlinessOver the last few months we’ve seen a number of mobile watersheds: Facebook announced that almost half of its users only use Facebook on mobile; Google announced that there were more searches from mobile devices than PCs in many key markets and that it would be giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in the SERPS for searches from mobile devices; and eCommerce shoppers are turning to their mobile devices more often.

All of which indicates that if you’re running a WordPress website that hasn’t been optimized for mobile, it’s past time you did something about it or risk being left behind as user preferences change and search engines change to satisfy their users.

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VersionPress Hits 1.0 And Brings Git Goodness To WordPress

June 11, 2015 0 Comments

VersionPressWordPress has a rudimentary revision tracking system built in. It’s great when you want to recover a paragraph you delete in haste, or check exactly who made an edit to an article. But the built-in system doesn’t have a fraction of the power of version control systems that developers are used to using every day. VersionPress, which has recently hit its first major release, aims to correct that.

VersionPress, which bills itself as Git for WordPress and uses Git for versioning, brings much of the power — although thankfully not the complexity — of version control to WordPress, offering full version control for both files and the WordPress database.

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PCI DSS 3.1: Here’s What eCommerce Retailers Need To Know

June 9, 2015 0 Comments

PCI DSS 3.1The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard was updated last month in an unusual out of band revision that emphasizes just how important the PCI considers the changes it has made. The next revision wasn’t due until 2016. PCI DSS 3.1 delivers new requirements focused on what the PCI believes to be an ongoing risk to cardholder data security: SSL.

The essence of the revisions is blunt and to-the-point:

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What Does The New REST API Mean For WordPress?

June 4, 2015 0 Comments

With what is expected to be the final release before work begins on integration into WordPress core, version 1.2 of the REST API development plugin has been announced. Like many new features planned for eventual inclusion into WordPress, the new API has been developed outside of the mainline of WordPress development, freeing its developers to experiment and make changes unhindered by being tied to the development goalsl and schedules of the core WordPress team.

But what exactly is the WordPress REST API, and why should you care about it?

An API (application programming interface) is a simple way to communicate with an application. Through a set of well-defined endpoints, developers can make their programs and scripts interact with the application.

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What Can We Expect From WordPress 4.3?

June 2, 2015 0 Comments

WordPress 4.3In April, WordPress 4.2 arrived, and after a short pause to mop up any outstanding bugs and security issues, work has begun in earnest on the next release, which we can expect to land in the middle of August (officially August 18th). 4.2 brought with it a number of UI improvements, especially to the plugin and update pages, a completely renovated Press This feature, and emoji, among other changes.

It looks as if 4.3 will be another evolutionary rather than revolutionary release, with most effort focused on much needed user interface improvements.

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We’ll Be At IRCE To Talk About All Things Magento

May 28, 2015 0 Comments

The Internet Retail Conference and Exhibition is the world’s largest gathering of retailers, and we’ll be there in force to talk to eCommerce store owners, Magento professionals, and anyone else who wants to chat about building performance-optimized Magento stores.

With an expected attendance of 10,000 and exhibitions from everyone who’s anyone in the eCommerce world, including Magento, PayPal, and Ebay, IRCE is an unmissable opportunity for anyone in the eCommerce space.

The conference and exhibition will take place June 2-5 in at Chicago’s McCormick Place West.

We hope to see you there. Feel free to come and talk to our Magento hosting experts — and we really do have a lot to talk about this year.

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The Right Way To Handle Images For Retina Devices In WordPress

May 26, 2015 0 Comments

Retina DevicesWe’re well into the era of high-definition displays. The term Retina is a bit of marketing-speak from Apple, but almost every smartphone and most tablets now offer screens with very high numbers of pixels crammed into a small space. Retina screens are still relatively uncommon on the desktop, but that’s likely to change — once again, Apple led the way here with the Retina MacBook Pro and now the Retina iMac.

If you’ve ever looked at a site that hasn’t been optimized for Retina screens on an iPad or similar device, you’ll have noticed that images look blurry and pixelated. Many business site owners still haven’t gotten around to optimizing their sites for Retina, and given the popularity of high-DPI screens, that means their sites look bad to many of their visitors. In this article, I’d like to take a look at why unoptimized images look bad, and what WordPress site users can do to accommodate modern displays.

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Magento Releases New Patch Bundle To Address Multiple Security Vulnerabilities

May 22, 2015 0 Comments

Magento has released a bundle of patches that fix several vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities addressed by the patch can be exploited by attackers to disclose confidential information and execute code remotely.

The bundle (SUPEE-5994) can be downloaded here and should be applied as soon as possible by users of Magento Community Edition and Magento Enterprise Edition.

It is important to note that the SUPEE-5994 Patch Bundle does not address the ShopLift vulnerability, which was fixed with the patch SUPEE-5344. Magento users should ensure that both sets of patches are applied to their Magento stores or they could be at risk of an RCE (remote code execution) attack.

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The Easiest Way To Add Free Images To Your WordPress Blog

Free ImagesUsing compelling, attention-grabbing images with WordPress and social media posts is one of the best ways to increase engagement and drive traffic. But licensing images isn’t cheap — if you publish frequently and use a stock image service like Getty Images or ShutterStock, you can end up spending hundreds of dollars a month on images. If you’re running a small business blog or personal blog, it’s really not worth the investment.

But You Can’t Just Take Any Image

Some bloggers choose the less than noble route of Googling for an image that suits their purpose and using whichever one takes their fancy, and while a few don’t understand the implications of this, anyone writing professionally for the web should have a solid grounding in copyright law. It’s quite simply illegal to take a photographer’s work and use it in ways that don’t conform to the licence under which the photographer published the image. The chances of getting caught are minute, but it does happen and it can expose you and your clients to both legal action and public shaming.

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Backing Up Your WordPress Database The Right Way

May 20, 2015 0 Comments

Backing UpOne of the most heartbreaking experiences I’ve had when advising people about WordPress was with a friend of mine who had spent weeks setting up her site, writing content, and posting images, only to lose everything just as she was about to launch because she mistyped a command on her VPS’s command line.

Of course, it’s sad to lose all that work, but what made it worse is that she had thought she was doing everything right — she had a backup plan, and every couple of days would use FTP to copy the contents of her site from the server onto her home machine.

Unfortunately, what she copied was just the WordPress installation along with her themes and plugins. She didn’t copy was the database, which is where most of the content lives. Her backup was great if she wanted to resurrect a theme, but no use at all for recreating her posts and pages. It’s an expensive mistake to make, and I’ve seen it happen more than once.

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