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August 22, 2013

Supercharging Your WordPress Site’s Search

Onsite search is often unduly neglected. Every site owner puts tremendous effort into optimizing their site for external search engines, like Google, but onsite search provision is frequently left to the default WordPress search box, which works adequately, but doesn’t provide users with the experience they’ve come to expect from search. Google does a great […]

August 19, 2013

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication On WordPress With LaunchKey

Passwords suck. In theory, they’re an excellent way of verifying identity, provided a few fairly simple rules are followed. In practice, most users follow almost none of those rules, which undermines any identity validation and security functions that passwords are supposed to provide. Users tend to choose simple passwords that are easy to remember and […]

August 15, 2013

Is WordPress A CMS?

WordPress recently celebrated its 10th birthday. In the decade of its existence it has developed from a blogging platform to highly flexible solution for building websites of all kinds: from single-page product showcases to enterprise-level publishing sites. For those looking to start a new website, it’s important to choose the right foundations and, in the […]

August 14, 2013

USPS API Patch for Magento Community Edition (CE)

On July 28, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) rolled-out changes to their API that impact you if your Magento Community Edition store is using USPS Priority or Express shipping methods. If this is the case, it’s important to update your Magento CE store right away with the patch that Magento has made available […]

August 12, 2013

Is The Magento Enterprise Edition Worth The Cost?

There are two Magento editions that those planning to start an eCommerce store can choose from: The Magento Community Edition and the Magento Enterprise Edition. The Magento Community Edition is a powerful and flexible eCommerce platform. It is available for free, so anyone with hosting can download the code and set up their own eCommerce […]

August 08, 2013

Backing Up A Magento eCommerce Site

The old cliché among system administrators is that if data doesn’t exist in three places, then it doesn’t exist at all. If your business depends on its Magento store, then you need to be aware that over a long enough time-frame, something is bound to go wrong in a way that corrupts or deletes important […]

August 05, 2013

Magento Should Be Your First Choice For eCommerce — Here’s Why.

Last year, eCommerce sales exceeded $1 Trillion for the first time, and the smart money is on the growth trend continuing well into the foreseeable future. If you or your business sell products, then you need to be selling online or risk obsolescence. The move online is a no-brainer, but after the initial decision, you’ll […]

July 31, 2013

Optimize WordPress Workflows With IFTTT

Blogging is about more than just the blogging platform itself. WordPress forms the hub of most blogging workflows, but much of the work both pre- and post-publication takes place elsewhere, whether that’s research and creating a content calendar, or promoting posts on social media. There are lots of ways of tying these various disparate components […]

July 29, 2013

Creating A Local WordPress Development Environment On Your Mac

If you’re a WordPress user, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of testing every significant change you make to your installation before deploying it on your production hosting. In most cases, upgrading, adding plugins, or tweaking a theme won’t cause problems, but occasionally you’ll get incompatible plugins or break something. The last […]

July 22, 2013

Is Self-Hosted WordPress A Good Tumblr Alternative?

Since Tumblr’s recent acquisition by Yahoo! for $1.1 billion, and in spite of Marissa Mayer’s assurances that they wouldn’t “screw it up”, many Tumblr users have become wary of using the platform. Yahoo! may have the best of intentions, but they’ve spent a huge amount of money, and they’ll need to see some sort of […]