Ottawa, Ontario-based Shopify is making it easier to use the oh-so-popular WordPress platform for e-commerce.

The company just released a plugin for WordPress, which enables owners of WordPress-powered websites to add a shopping function, along with all the "features and security that comes with Shopify."

In a blog post this week, Shopify Product Manager Daniel Patricio introduced the new Shopify Ecommerce Plugin for WordPress, which is free to download and adds a “add product” button to the CMS platform. 

It allows users to add products to any of their pages or blog posts without leaving WordPress.

The plugin can be used with any WordPress theme, including three new ones Shopify unveiled this week.

"You’ll still manage all of your pages and posts in WordPress, but you’ll have Shopify to manage everything else: payments, secure checkout, shipping and fulfillment, inventory, and taxes — all the hard things about selling online," Patricio wrote.

The plugin can be downloaded for free. To start using it, users need to sign up for a Shopify plan, which start at $9 a month.

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Just today, WordPress released Beta 4 of Version 4.5, which is inching closer to a final release. You can try out the WordPress beta now and explore the new features, which address the needs of responsive sites and add improvements to composing articles. Look for the release candidate on March 24 and the final version on April 12.

And one more WordPress note: users aren't the only ones attracted to the simple to use CMS, so keep the software up to date.

So what else is going on in the world of open source CMS?


Hippo was one of the sponsors of the Intelligent Content Conference in Las Vegas this month. It's also sponsoring the Content-Commerce Summit June 1 to 3 in Leipzig, Germany and Moedertaal:Digitaal on March 31 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The company hired two new sales leaders. Sven Lehmkuhl is the VP Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as manager of the new Hippo Germany office. Harry van Rossum is senior sales director for Benelux and France.

On the heels of its release of version 10.2 of its CMS, Hippo released a video featuring Mark Peerdeman, Hippo's Director of Product Management, to introduce its new features.


Jahia participated in the first-ever UX/Dev Summit last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The three-day event focused on user experience and front-end development. Jahia’s CTO, Serge Huber, was a presenter. His presentation notes and video are available, as are his blogs about the insights gained and more from attending the event.

The company also announced a partnership with, a global translation company headquartered in New York City. Jahia plans to ship its digital experience management technology with a supported connector to’s GlobalLink Translation Management System, a human translation service.


The countdown is on for the release of Joomla version 3.5, which is expected to be released very shortly. Last month, the team released version 3.5 Beta 3. Joomla 3 is the latest major release of the Joomla CMS, with 3.5 the sixth standard-term support release in this series.

Any plans to be in Uganda? The community is holding its first ever Joomla Day in Butabika on April 1 and 2. The two days of Joomla topics and workshops will run simultaneously with CMS Africa Summit.


Magnolia is getting ready for two conferences, one in San Francisco on May 10 and 11 and one in Basel, Switzerland June 7 to 9. Interested in presenting at either event? You have a few more weeks to submit an idea for a paper.

Magnolia has also been active on the event front. It participated in Internet World in Munich early this month and plans to attend the Content-Commerce Summit June 1 to 3 in Leipzig, Germany.


SeoToaster just upgraded its website builder software, SeoToaster CMS and SeoToaster Ecommerce.

SeoToaster Version 2.5 expands CMS and e-commerce capabilities to optimize user experiences and search engine rankings. It also offers new social media marketing tools.

David Culot, co-founder of SeoSamba, said SeoToaster v2.5 helps to simplify the administration and management of websites, and "vastly improves SeoToaster in every department, from SEO to eCommerce and online marketing."

In addition, web automation platform Zapier, which integrates with SeoToaster and more than 500 other apps, just announced the release of a function called Multi-Step Zaps. This allows the creation of a chain multiple and virtually unlimited automated workflows using SeoToaster and or any of the apps available for Zapier integration.