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10 Reasons WordPress Is a Good Choice For SEO

Is WordPress really a good choice for SEO? The short answer is yes. As an application that powers over 32.5% of the internet (we’ve got stats), WordPress has to be optimized so search engines can easily find, index, and rank content. Many professionals even recommend WordPress for SEO purposes. If you’re a site owner and… Continue reading →

Introducing the State of Hosting 2019: Trends That Defined the Industry

In the nineteen years we’ve been in the hosting industry, we’ve seen a lot of different sites grow and prosper. Over the last few years, however, we’ve started to see a shift in the way that sites are doing so. New technology and infrastructure options, combined with industry changes to security and privacy, have seen… Continue reading →

Headless Drupal: What Is It and What Are the Advantages?

This article looks at Headless Drupal, providing an overview of what it is, and what some of the pros and cons are to implementing it. Traditional Drupal website have often been monolithic. This has meant that Drupal is responsible for both content management on the back-end and content rendering on the front-end. Headless architecture changes… Continue reading →

WordPress Posts vs. Pages: What’s the Difference?

Pages and posts are what make WordPress such a versatile platform for content curation. Each offer unique advantages for both on-page and off-page elements, including design, functionality, aggregation, and SEO. If you’re worried whether you’re using posts and pages correctly, keep reading. This article aims to look at the differences and provide a clear rationale… Continue reading →

How to Investigate Disk Space Usage From the Command Line

Each of our plans establishes a disk-usage limit. If you receive an email with an alert that says you’re nearing this limit, ignoring it can hamper the operability of your website and other associated services, such as email. Before you call our Sales team to ask about an upgrade, it’s almost always worthwhile to investigate… Continue reading →

Guide to Getting Honest Feedback from Your eCommerce Customers

Your eCommerce business needs feedback almost as much as it needs sales. According to a UPS study, 55% of online shoppers will share a dissatisfying experience with friends and family while eCommerce Digest reports that free returns earned Zappos 75% more customer loyalty and repeat purchases compared to competitors. Honest feedback, when received promptly and… Continue reading →

Your Enterprise WordPress Site Should Be In The Cloud

Enterprise organizations choose WordPress for their primary website and for secondary sites more often than any other content management system. As we reported last year, WordPress is neck-and-neck with Adobe Experience Manager for primary sites, and the clear leader for other types of sites, including marketing sites, eCommerce stores, and internal sites. For many enterprise… Continue reading →

Introducing the Nexcess Product Life Cycle

We’re proud to introduce a new approach to product releases, one that offers improved transparency and provides merchants and developers with increased peace of mind concerning the products and services we offer. Our new product life cycle incorporates three main release stages and a retirement protocol. Each of these stages provides different levels of support,… Continue reading →

WordPress 5.1 Encourages Site Owners To Update PHP

Is it better to maintain backward compatibility with out-of-date software or to encourage users to update to more recent versions? Backward compatibility with old versions of PHP keeps WordPress accessible to non-technical users who can’t update. On the other hand, maintaining backward compatibility is a lot of work for developers and prevents them from taking… Continue reading →

5 Takeaways From WordCamp Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ  — Ten years of WordCamp Phoenix and it’s still as strong as ever. This year was even better, with some informative sessions from incredible speakers. Answers on content marketing, SEO, page creation, and how to optimize business practices all made an appearance. Our team members Gasper, Amber, and Rigo were on the ground,… Continue reading →

The 5 Top Takeaways From Magento Live Australia 2019

Magento Live Australia has come and gone, and another year of informative information, actionable strategies, and future predictions has passed. For Merchants, changes to Magento such as the 2.3.1 update, came with a promise of increased accessibility and improve integration. For developers, roundtables, discussions, and future developments came with both personal, professional, and business recommendations… Continue reading →

Top Plugins To Improve Customer Retention On WooCommerce

Customer retention is key to building a successful and sustainable eCommerce business. Loyal customer spend more and visit more often. They are more likely to promote your store to their network. Customer retention is also less expensive than customer acquisition. Investing in customer retention and loyalty is just as important as filling the purchase funnel… Continue reading →

Does WordPress Autoblogging Have A Role In 2019?

Autoblogging was once a popular way to use WordPress. Autoblogging plugins could pull in content from other websites and republish it, creating a low-cost and low-effort site that attracted search traffic and generated advertising revenue. Today, autoblogging is less popular and is not well regarded. Spam blogs used autoblogging plugins to generate revenue from other… Continue reading →

10 Ways to Attract New Customers To Your eCommerce Store

So you’ve set up your eCommerce store, you’ve found excellent products, and now you’re sitting back and enjoying the profits. Only you’re not, because no one is visiting your site. Just like with brick and mortar stores, eCommerce stores need to attract new customers in order to make a profit and maintain growth. Luckily, attracting… Continue reading →

Beating Back Bad Bots On Your WordPress Site

Most web traffic is generated not by humans, but by software. Last year, just over half of all web traffic was machine generated — no humans in the loop. Software web users are called bots. Bots can be divided into the good and the bad. There are more bad bots than good by a wide… Continue reading →

Five Must-Have Tools For WordPress Theme Developers

The WordPress theme development scene is as vibrant as it ever has been. As WordPress and WooCommerce continue to grow in popularity, the market for themes grows too. Professional theme developers can build a business creating custom themes for clients or selling themes in the many theme marketplaces. And, even if you don’t want to… Continue reading →

WordPress Basics: What Is A Static Front Page?

WordPress began life as a content management system focused on blogging. In the decade and a half since, it grew into a full-fledged content management system suited to any sort of site, including business sites and eCommerce stores. But WordPress still has its blog-engine DNA, and, when first installed, is configured to publish a list… Continue reading →

January 2019’s Best WordPress, Magento, and CMS Content

It’s time for our monthly roundup! If you’re looking for the same great articles the rest of the year, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Enjoy and let us know if we missed anything important in the comment section. WordPress and WooCommerce WordPress sites under attack via zero-day in abandoned plugin – The zero-day… Continue reading →

What is Data Center Operations?

Be it Magento, WordPress, CraftCMS, or anything in between, your application needs reliability. It is our job in Data Center Operations (DCO) to make that a reality. The DCO team works around the clock to ensure our data centers and your websites remain online.     What is Data Center Operations? The DCO team deals… Continue reading →

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