Pinterest’s Expanded Retargeting Helps eCommerce Retailers Maximize The Value Of User Engagement

Pinterest has always been one of the most eCommerce-friendly social networks — at least in theory. The image-based sharing services allows retailers to engage with relevant audiences, many of whom use Pinterest to find their next purchase. Pinterest is well-aware of its value to retailers, and over the last few years has been steadily rolling… Continue reading →

Posted on: 16 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

Algolia Brings Google-like Search To WordPress

Any large WordPress blog has a hinterland of content that isn’t exposed on the homepage. Site owners use tools like “Recent Articles” widgets to surface some of that content, but users still only see a tiny fraction of published posts. Frequently, the only place users are exposed to older articles is in Google search results.… Continue reading →

Posted on: 15 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages Are Going Mainstream

When Google first announced Accelerated Mobile Pages, I was dubious that it would be a success. AMP is essentially a fork of HTML, a JavaScript library, a caching system, and long set of restrictions about what can be included on web pages — no third-party JavaScript. I was dubious because if publishers wanted to implement… Continue reading →

Posted on: 14 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

Protecting Photographers’ Image Copyright On WordPress Sites

The web doesn’t have a native mechanism for protecting content from copyright infringement. Aside from complex digital rights management solutions, which aren’t really appropriate for photography sites, there’s little a photographer can do to prevent determined infringers from copying images and using them without regard for the photographer’s chosen licence. This is a huge problem… Continue reading →

Posted on: 9 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

Mergebot Aims To Make Seamless WordPress Staging To Production Deployments A Reality

If you’re a WordPress pro, the awkwardness of deploying from a testing or dev server to a live server will be all-too-familiar. It’s easy enough to replicate a WordPress site, and there are plugins that will do the job for you, but the reality is usually messier than a simple migration. Ideally, a WordPress staging… Continue reading →

Posted on: 8 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

Jetpack 4.5 Brings Easy Advertising And Improved Video Hosting

Jetpack has come a long way since it was first introduced. Originally, it included a handful of tools that added much needed functionality. Today, it’s an enormous collection of features among which almost everyone will find something useful. Jetpack’s “everything including the kitchen sink” approach isn’t without its critics, who dislike installing lots of code… Continue reading →

Posted on: 7 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

January 2017’s Best Magento, WordPress, and ExpressionEngine Content

2017 is off to a quick start. Magento received two-hundred and fifty million dollars in funding. How do you think they should use the money? After eighteen months of work, Craft announced a Beta for Craft 3. Not to be outdone, ExpressionEngine 3.5 released with a host of great new features. EllisLab also announced an… Continue reading →

Posted on: 2 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

One Day, A WordPress Backup Could Save Your Business

Most WordPress users realise they should backup their site. It’s a dangerous world, and if a business depends on its WordPress site, a backup — or preferably several backups — is a necessary safety net. However, a backup is worthless if it isn’t tested and verified. I’ve come across many sites where the owners have… Continue reading →

Posted on: 1 February 2017 | 1:00 pm

Magento Introduces Magento DevBox — A New Local Development Environment

Local development of any web application can be complex, especially if the developer works on several projects at the same time. To make it easier for developers to get up-and-running with a standardized Magento installation on their local machine, Magento has released Magento DevBox Beta, a Docker-based tool for local Magento development. If you’re not… Continue reading →

Posted on: 31 January 2017 | 1:00 pm

Google AMP Adds Automatic Image And Low-Bandwidth Optimizations

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages has been widely adopted by news sites, blogs, and eCommerce merchants. There is a thirst for faster sites, and AMP fills the niche nicely, offering publishers and retailers a ready-made solution to slow mobile sites. AMP is still under active development, and Google recently released a new version with features that… Continue reading →

Posted on: 26 January 2017 | 1:00 pm