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October’s Best Magento, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress Content

October 23, 2015 0 Comments

October RoundupSince our last roundup, we’ve been globetrotting around the world from Magento conference to Magento conference. Check out our recaps of our visits to Meet Magento New York and Meet Magento Brazil here. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up with us at one of these get-togethers, we’ll be in Australia next month. Amidst all that Magento conference fun, we also had a chance to stop in San Antonio for ExpressionEngine Conference and the release of ExpressionEngine 3.0. Without further ado, check out September and October’s best content here. If you’re looking for the same great atticles on a day-to-day basis, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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The WordPress Rest API Will Be (Partially) Included In WordPress 4.4

October 22, 2015 1 Comment

StoryformIt’s been a long time coming, but with this commit it seems we’re nearing the end of a journey that will give WordPress an API appropriate to the modern Internet. If all goes well, I expect to see the partial API released along with WordPress 4.4. WordPress is hugely popular, but its lack of a decent API (XML-RPC doesn’t count) makes it the odd one out in an era in which creating an API for your application or service is de rigeur.

What Is The WordPress Rest API?

Before getting into the WordPress Rest API specifically, let’s have a look at what we mean by API. In a nutshell, an API — an Application Programming Interface — is a standardized way to communicate with a program, application, or service to get it to do something. In this sense, WordPress already has APIs — if it didn’t, plugin and theme developers wouldn’t be able to interface with it and WordPress Core’s developers wouldn’t be able to write code that makes WordPress do things. But these differ (in use and consequence if not in concept) from the Rest API.

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WordPress Users Should Update The Akismet Plugin To Avoid Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability

October 20, 2015 0 Comments

StoryformWordPress site owners who use the Akismet comment spam filtering plugin should update to version 3.1.5 of the plugin as soon as possible. Older versions of the plugin are vulnerable to a cross-site scripting attack that could put WordPress sites and users at risk of compromise. Sites with automatic updates activated should already be running the patched version, but it is probably worthwhile to check that your site is running the most recent version.

Site owners who rely on manual upgrades should immediately install the update for Akismet that is available in their site’s WordPress dashboard.

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Magento guruincsite Security Issue

There is a possible new Magento security issue that has been impacting a number of Magento based sites. The sites in question are being blacklisted by Google as a result of malicious code that is being injected into the Magento database and ends up being displayed and executed by visitors in the footer of the infected site.

This exploit is known as the “guruincsite[.]com“ exploit due to the domain in which the injected code was being posed to. Read more

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Six Must-Have Chrome Plugins For WordPress Users

October 15, 2015 0 Comments

StoryformIf you’re a WordPress publisher or writer, your browser is how you interact with your site; it’s where content is researched, drafted, edited, proofed, and published. If you spend a large proportion of your working day inside a web browser interacting with WordPress, it makes sense to customize the browser so that it’s capable of supporting the most efficient WordPress workflows.

I’m a writer and I spend a good chunk of my day inside WordPress inside a Chrome browser window. I’ve tried just about every Chrome extension that’s even vaguely related to online writing and WordPress. I’d like share the ones that have stuck with me.

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App Promotion Interstitials: Is It Time To Look For Alternatives?

October 13, 2015 0 Comments

StoryformNative mobile apps bring numerous benefits to publishers: they allow for more precise control of the user experience than the mobile web, they can collect more extensive data, and they provide access to native hardware features that are beyond the reach of web apps for the moment. It’s easy to understand why publishers prefer that users install their native app.

One of the most common methods publishing sites use to create awareness of their native alternative is the interstitial ad. We’ve all experienced these. A user clicks on a link. They expect to be taken to an article, but instead are presented with a large promotional page that encourages them to install the native app.

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Magento Security Vulnerabilities Announced

October 9, 2015 0 Comments

Last night Magento informed users in an email that sites using Nginx and the Magmi data import tool are at risk.

With this news, we’d like to quickly inform Nexcess hosting clients that they are not vulnerable to the exploits mentioned in this email. Here’s a closer look at the two vulnerabilities. Read more

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Meet Magento Brazil 2015 Recap

StoryformOn October 5, Nexcess assisted and sponsored Meet Magento Brazil, one of the largest Magento events in South America. Our Sales and Community Development Teams connected with local merchants and developers eager to learn about our trajectory into the Brazilian market.

Carlos Hix, Director of GHX Consulting, opened the day by speaking on the current state of Brazilian eCommerce and highlighted how the community could contribute to its continuing expansion and success.

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Meet Magento New York 2015 Recap

October 6, 2015 0 Comments

Meet Magento New YorkWe were delighted to attend the 2nd annual Meet Magento New York, produced by our good friends (and partners) Interactiv4. This two day event is always a great place to meet partners, merchants and developers – so we’re always excited to sponsor and attend! I also greatly enjoyed working closely with our sales team and learning how they answer questions and concerns from current and prospective clients and partners. As always, we are grateful for their expertise. It’s always great for a developer to get out from behind the screen, actually interact with users, and get feedback!

It will surprise no one that Magento 2 was a huge focus at the conference, so we made sure we brought shirts to match (among other swag). Among the highlights for me was Joshua Warren’s Magento 2 Workshop, which was a great look at the design and architecture of Magento 2 – something we’re all going to become extremely familiar with in the coming months.

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The Physical Web Could Bring The Internet Of Things To eCommerce Web Apps

October 1, 2015 0 Comments

StoryformThe Internet of Things is one of the biggest recent developments in retail, especially for retail businesses that have both a physical and an online presence.

For those who aren’t familiar, in this context, the Internet of Things refers to technology that enables retailers to use internet-connected smart devices to interact with shoppers’ mobile devices. The most widespread implementation at the moment is Apple’s iBeacon.

Let’s say a user walks into a store and opens the retailer’s web app. The app discovers a nearby beacon which is then able to send data to the phone. That data can be used to display tailored information that reflects the user’s location and identity, allowing retailers to customize the shopping experience at the point of sale.

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