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Jan 21

  • Created: Jan 21, 2015 2:10 PM

Multiple User Client Portal Login Feature

We are always looking for opportunities to set us apart from other hosting companies. We take our client suggestions seriously and strive to ensure the best possible hosting experience.

Over the past few years, we have asked for feedback on how to improve our Client Portal from our development partners and clients. One of the most common suggestions was to allow multiple logins to a single Client Portal account.

We are pleased to announce that later this week, the multiple-user Client Portal login feature will be available to all of our Portal users.

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Jan 14

  • Created: Jan 14, 2015 2:00 PM

Breadcrumbs Are Great For WordPress SEO And UX

BreadcrumbsBack in the dark days of the web, not much thought was given to user experience. Web sites were conceived of as traditional pages with links between them and navigation was often obscure and confused. Times have changed: a great deal of thought goes into information architecture and user experience. That effort is driven primarily by financial motivations. Time and again studies have shown that improved user experiences lead to improved conversions and hence improved revenues.

But one of the simplest and easiest ways to improve user experience and navigation (with a side benefit of being good for SEO) is one that’s been in use for a long time: the breadcrumb. On a site of any complexity, it’s all too easy for the user to lose track of where they are and how the page they are on relates to other pages. They have the browser’s back button, so they can retrace their steps, but it doesn’t offer any obvious indication of their path.

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Jan 7

  • Created: Jan 7, 2015 2:00 PM

Four Resources For Nascent WordPress Ninja

Nascent WordPress NinjaIn spite of the diversification of the CMS space over the last couple of years, the enormous popularity of WordPress shows no sign of waning.

It’s that popularity that makes WordPress a safe bet for anyone wanting to launch a career in web development. If you have the development chops, you can’t go far wrong investing in WordPress knowledge. Millions of small businesses build their site on WordPress every year, and many of them will hire someone with WordPress experience.

Sometimes that means nothing more than a default theme, some plugins, and ongoing maintenance. But it can also involve designing themes from scratch, writing bespoke plugins to provide unique functionality, and managing high-traffic sites deployed on multi-server clusters.

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Dec 31

  • Created: Dec 31, 2014 2:00 PM

Roundup of December’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content

December RoundupSince our pre-Thanksgiving roundup, we’re sure you’ve all been snowed under by Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and getting ready for the remaining holiday shopping push. In the interim, we’ve had the pleasure of attending Magento Live Australia, an event we were honored to have the opportunity to speak at (slides of which we have shared at the bottom of this post), the new WordPress 4.1, Dinah, has been released with a variety of updates, and the world of eCommerce is singularly focused on the holiday season. If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you’ll you know that we like to share our favorite Magento, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress articles throughout the month. Here are the best from December. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section. Read more

Dec 24

  • Created: Dec 24, 2014 2:00 PM

Typography Matters: Five Excellent Online Typography Resources

TypographyThe task of typography is two-fold: readability and character. A web page is a machine for transferring information to a reader; if it has poor readability, it can’t function properly. But as many designers will tell you, function isn’t everything. Form matters: it provides character and personality. Typography is a major contributor to the impression that a web page creates.

I’m a bit of a typography geek, and it continually amazes me that business websites — and frequently even publishers and bloggers — focus so little on the way information is presented on their pages. Reader attention is a valuable commodity. By ignoring typography, we waste that attention. Poor typography increases a reader’s cognitive load and decreases the amount of attention they’re willing to pay to what our words say.

It’s a shame, because, although typography is a complex art, with a few simple rules web pages can be transformed, attention can be preserved, and companies can demonstrate that attention to detail matters to them.

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Dec 17

  • Created: Dec 17, 2014 2:00 PM

Why Is It So Important To Keep A WordPress Site Updated?

WordPressIf you don’t update your WordPress site, it may be vulnerable to hackers.

Updating a WordPress site is one of those tedious tasks that has to be done, but doesn’t usually confer any obvious benefit. Sometimes you’ll get a new feature, but most of the time, you hit the update button, the site prints out a few lines of uninteresting verbiage, and nothing much happens except that the number on the update menu item disappears.

Some people like to update just because they get a sense of satisfaction from seeing that number disappear: the sort of people that get mildly stressed if their email inbox shows unread messages at the end of the day. Most of us aren’t like that, and because updating WordPress brings no obvious benefit, it tends to be sidelined by more interesting tasks, like writing new content or playing Threes.

And, lets face it, WordPress asks to be updated with a frequency that is off-putting to even the most solicitous site maintainer.

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Dec 3

  • Created: Dec 3, 2014 2:00 PM

Black Friday Mobile Sales Surge, Performance Suffers

Black FridayBlack Friday is the crunch point of the eCommerce calendar. It’s the day on which retailers reap the biggest rewards, but also the day on which eCommerce platforms show their true performance colors.

A number of interesting statistics came out of this year’s Black Friday rush. The first thing to note is that the eCommerce market is in rude health with year-on-year sales increasing by around 8 percent, according to figures from IBM.

Of equal interest is the ongoing shift to mobile. Mobile online shopping has been steadily increasing over recent years, and this year saw a 24 percent increase in mobile purchases, bringing the total proportion of consumers who do their online shopping on a mobile device up to 47 percent. Almost half of shoppers went mobile, which makes mobile as important as the desktop for retailers — the mobile shopping experience can no longer be an afterthought.

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Nov 24

  • Created: Nov 24, 2014 12:09 PM

Roundup of November’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content

Mobile OptimizationThis month we’re coming at you with an early pre-Thanksgiving roundup. Once you’re done eating all the turkey and watching all the football, maybe you’ll find time to settle into your La-Z-Boy and catch up on the best news from the last thirty days. Big recent news has included the release of a new WordPress beta and as well as Matt Mullenweg’s 2014 “State of the Word” address. If you’re an eCommerce retailer, you should already be looking forward to the holiday season, which arrives full on this week. So without further ado, here’s the best ExpressionEngine, Magento and WordPress articles from October and November. For the same great news the rest of the month, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section.

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Nov 19

  • Created: Nov 19, 2014 2:00 PM

WordPress Basics: How Does A Content Distribution Network Make Your Site Faster?

Content Distribution NetworkPerformance-optimized web hosting is the single most important factor in determining site speed. Without that, your site is going to be slow no matter what other optimizations you make. But although good quality web hosting is a necessary component of a low-latency site, it’s not sufficient. The fastest web hosting can’t accelerate a badly coded site with huge unoptimized images and a ton of social media widgets. A decent optimization strategy can fix all of those issues, but there’s one thing no amount of on-site optimization can improve: the round-trip time for geographically distant web clients.

Many people are under the misconception that Internet communications travel at the speed of light. Sometimes they do, but only if they’re traveling over radio waves to satellites or other wireless communication scenarios. In fibre optic cables, signals travel less quickly than the speed of light in a vacuum—the reason is complex—and in copper cables they are significantly slower.

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