Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 21


WordPress Themes by Yoast

11 February 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 73 Comments

 Notice: We’ve discontinued our themes, as explained in this post. It’s done! The WordPress Themes by Yoast are now finally available. This project has been over a year in the making. When Mijke joined Yoast in September 2012, we decided it’d be a good plan to use her design skills and our knowledge about optimizing WordPress »

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Yoast acquires WPForce.com

7 February 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

Last week we’ve acquired WordPress news site WPForce.com. Jonathan Dingman, who used to run the site, got too busy with his job and personal life to be able to keep running the site and was looking to sell it. We acquired it and will start to slowly bring it into our system. We’ve got some plans »

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New plugin: Post Connector

28 January 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 48 Comments

If you’re an advanced WordPress user, you’ll have “abused” taxonomies quite often to relate post types to each other. Now you might think “abused? but that’s what they’re for, right?” Well… Not entirely. Sometimes you just want to relate posts directly to posts. There are loads of reasons why you’d want to do this, for »

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WordPress SEO Premium 1.0

23 January 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 69 Comments

We’re very proud to bring this release to you today: WordPress SEO premium 1.0 is here. This premium version adds a redirect module to the WordPress SEO plugin that allows you to manage your redirects from within your WordPress installation. It also allows you to retrieve your site’s crawl errors from Google Webmaster Tools and »

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Link building, SEO & branding

21 January 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 65 Comments

illustration of link building as part of holistic seo

If you want to rank a site for a keyword that’s even remotely competitive in search engines like Bing and Google, you need links. Link building has thus been one of the important pillars of most SEO campaigns over the last decade. Getting links is a non trivial business, and because of that, the SEO industry »

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Should we move to an all HTTPS web?

13 January 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

There was a bit of tweeting in the SEO community today because Bing introduced an HTTPS version of their site and people thought that would mean they’d lose their keyword data. That’s not true, if you take the right precautions. I thought I’d write a bit of an intro in how all this works so »

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RSS feeds in the age of Panda and Penguin

21 November 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 105 Comments

Google panda

When I started blogging, everyone used an RSS reader and your RSS feed was the way of getting your new content in front of people. The use of RSS has dwindled, at least for us because the readership here on Yoast has quadrupled over the last 2 years but the number of RSS subscribers is now less »

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Checkout field validation tips and tricks

12 November 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Our previous post discussed what we did to improve our checkout page. In this post I’ll share with you some of the technical work we did in that process and mostly: the libraries and techniques we used for checkout field validation. We’ve tried several libraries in the process but settled on these as they were »

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Why you should not use autocomplete

23 October 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 60 Comments

Today at Pubcon Matt Cutts of Google once again promoted the use of autocomplete-type, a new property for web forms that works in Chrome (and possibly other browsers, I haven’t checked). Google first introduced it back in January 2012 in this post. I wanted to do this quick post to tell you to turn off »

Category: User eXperience (UX)

The honest Truth about Plugin Testing

30 September 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

WordPress

After my post about content analysis with the WordPress SEO plugin, which covered the recent updates to that plugin, I got some comments that we should test better, especially because the commenter had issues with a certain slider plugin. I laughed when I read that comment, but then it dawned on me that most in »

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