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Book review: Magento Best Practices

June 25, 2015 2 Comments

Magento Best Practices HandbookFrom time to time, someone publishes a book about Magento that provides worthwhile advice for both for expert and inexperienced developers. Alessandro Ronchi recently published Magento Best Practices Handbook, an eBook providing tips and strategies understandable to anyone that already understands the fundamentals of Magento development.

At 115 pages, the handbook is not long, but it covers essential subjects such as autoload, logging, runtime, Magento MVC, and a simple, powerful strategies for deployment. With short, accessible chapters, the work advises readers to already have a running Magento installation so they can explore its code while studying the handbook’s contents.

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Using Metadata To Improve WordPress Search And Social Performance

June 23, 2015 0 Comments

Ideally, search engines and social networks would be smart enough to look at a website and glean all of the information they need from the human-readable content on the page. In reality, they’re nowhere near intelligent enough; they can make guesses which are often pretty good, but they need a little help to understand what the content on a page means. Metadata is one way we can help them out.

Metadata has been in the news a lot over the past few years, and, in essence we’re talking about the same thing here: data about data. But where web sites are concerned, we have a specific sort of metadata in mind: information that we add to entities on our pages to help crawlers like Googlebot understand what the entity is.

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Google’s Mobile Search Breadcrumbs Highlight The Importance Of Information Architecture

June 18, 2015 0 Comments

Mobile Search BreadcrumbsSince the beginning of 2015, Google has made substantial efforts to improve the experience it offers on mobile. Part of that effort can be seen in the algorithm changes Google implemented to give mobile-friendly sites a boost in mobile search, and part can be seen in the iterative changes they’ve made to the SERPs themselves.

In a recent announcement, the company highlighted a change in the way SERPs are displayed on mobile. It’s a change that imposes some burdens on site owners, both in the form of new code to add to sites, and in the focus it throws on information architecture and the appearance of URLs.

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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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May’s Best ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Magento Content from Around the Web

May 29, 2015 0 Comments

RoundupLooking back at May, we had a great time at php [tek] last week, and if you’re a PHP developer, we’re still hiring. Reach out if interested. This coming month, we’ll be at IRCE in Chicago from June 2nd to June 6th, so if you’re around, look for us at booth 1853. Our own undertakings aside, the major news from the last thirty days was Automattic purchase of WooCommerce and WooThemes. In coming months, we may have to change the “WordPress and Blogging” section to “WordPress, Blogging, and eCommerce.” In other news, Magento released another patch bundle, which we get into a post below, but if you haven’t done so, update. Here’s the rest of the best from May 2015. If you’re looking for the same great content on a day-to-day basis, 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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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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