Google Is Retiring Its WordPress AdSense Plugin

Google has announced the retirement of its popular WordPress AdSense plugin, which was embraced by bloggers and publishers as a simple way to monetize content on WordPress sites. Existing ads aren’t affected, but within a couple of months, users will no longer be able to change the layout of their ads or visit the front-end… Continue reading →

Posted on: 23 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

VVV 2.0 Includes YAML Configuration For Custom WordPress Development Environments

Varying Vagrant Vagrants, a tool for creating WordPress development environments, hit the big 2.0 recently, with the addition of a feature that many WordPress developers have been asking for: a YAML-based configuration system that makes it easier to tweak your development environment. VVV solves a common problem in WordPress development and web development more generally:… Continue reading →

Posted on: 22 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

Google Docs Users Can Now Send Articles Straight To WordPress

WordPress’ editing interface is great for writing – and it’s only going to get better – but collaboration is a weak point. It is possible to collaborate on a WordPress article, but only if writers and editors take it in turns. Several contributors can’t work on the same document at the same time, which is… Continue reading →

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

Clef, The Popular Two-Factor Authentication Service, Is Shutting Down

Clef, a popular two-factor authentication service used by Magento eCommerce stores and WordPress sites has announced that its service will cease operation on June 6th 2017. It’s not clear why Clef is shutting down, but the company’s announcement states its employees will be moving to another company. It seems Clef – in spite of its… Continue reading →

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

Cloudbleed: What You Need To Know

Towards the end of last month, it was revealed that CloudFlare, a popular CDN provider, suffered a vulnerability that caused its edge servers to leak private data. The vulnerability – discovered by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy – was swiftly mitigated, but because the problem may have existed since September 2016, it’s worth taking some time… Continue reading →

Posted on: 14 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

How Can Algorithms Help The eCommerce Bottom Line?

Online retailers have access to far more data than their brick-and-mortar peers. In fact, brick-and-mortar retailers go to great lengths to collect data that eCommerce merchants get for “free”. But just because we have the data, it doesn’t mean we’re using it well. Big data is all well and good, but it’s just a collection… Continue reading →

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

Lessons From The Recent S3 Outage for E-Commerce Store Owners

Last week, Amazon’s S3 storage service suffered stability and availability issues that had a wide-ranging impact on tens of thousands of companies, ranging from small eCommerce merchants and publishers to some of the largest sites on the web. S3 is used to store static assets like images and scripts. When S3 suffers availability issues, those… Continue reading →

Posted on: 8 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

A WordPress Security Plugin Won’t Solve All Your Security Problems

WordPress security plugins help improve the security of WordPress sites, but they’re no substitute for an understanding of basic security precautions. Any web application is vulnerable if its developers and users don’t follow security best practices. WordPress is no different, and because WordPress is used by millions of non-technical users, it’s reasonable to assume that… Continue reading →

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

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

Since February was a short month, we’ll make this an appropriately short introduction to our monthly roundup. Nexcess developer Miguel was in Mexico talking about Magento 2 at Mage Titans Mexico in February. This coming month, members of the Nexcess team will be at Shoptalk in Las Vegas. If you’re attending, make sure to find… Continue reading →

Posted on: 3 March 2017 | 1:00 pm

The Nexcess Billing FAQ

If you’ve ever had an issue with invoicing, payment, or with the Client Portal, then our Billing Team likely stepped in to provide assistance. After years of solving these issues, they’ve noticed a few trends and pitfalls, and put together this FAQ for your consumption. For further assistance about any of the below topics, please… Continue reading →

Posted on: 2 March 2017 | 1:00 pm