Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 38


Preventing your site from being indexed, the right way

17 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

It keeps amazing me that I keep seeing people use robots.txt files to prevent sites from being indexed and thus showing up in the search engines. You know why it keeps amazing me? Because robots.txt doesn’t actually do the latter, even though it does prevent your site from being indexed. Let’s go through some terms […]

Category: Technical SEO
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Google Analytics plugin updates

4 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

One of my most popular plugins is my Google Analytics for WordPress plugin, having been downloaded almost 700,000 times. This post is to let you know that this plugin is going to be getting quite a few updates in the coming month, the first of which I’ve just submitted to WordPress.org. There’s two reasons for »

Category: Analytics
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Importing from another MySQL into WordPress

2 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Sometimes data imports into WordPress can be a pain, but most of the time, it’s pretty darn easy. In a previous project I had to go through the trouble of outputting WXR files and then importing those, but it’s really a lot easier if you do a direct MySQL to WordPress import using the WordPress »

Category: WordPress

Smarter handling of WordPress plugin uploads

26 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

While preparing my previous post on new features in WordPress 2.9, I ran across a ticket in Trac for something I’d been wanting to do for a while: specify a subfolder of the uploads directory for specific plugins, like my Blog Icons plugin, to upload their files to. This way, the blog icons plugin would »

Category: WordPress

Geeky bits in WordPress 2.9

25 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

Thanks to Peter Westwoord’s WordPress Beta Tester plugin, this blog is on the 2.9 development track again, after having been off trunk for a couple of months. That plugin makes it really easy to switch any WordPress install to the development branch, either for the next “point” release (eg. 2.8.6), or the next major version, »

Category: WordPress

Gravity Forms Widget + Extra’s

21 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

I’ve been blogging about Gravity Forms before, and I still think it’s one of the best plugins to have been released this year, if not all time. In recent releases they’ve been adding and adding and adding incredible new features, showing that you really do want to buy the plugin and get all their updates. »

Category: WordPress
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Comment Tracking in Clicky

17 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

So one of the things I’ve always wanted to do is use an Analytics tools API to enrich the data about a visit. Clicky is one of the few tools out there that have a well detailed API that allows you to push in extra data during the visit. The extra data bit I really »

Categories: Analytics, WordPress
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Practical Guide to creating a 404 Error Page for WordPress

3 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 78 Comments

404-error

I make mistakes. You make mistakes. We all do. And some of these mistakes end up providing our readers with a 404 page. Chances are that page says “Error 404: file not found”. How does that help your visitor? Instead of just identifying the problem, your 404 error page needs to offer a solution. In »

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Clicky Tracking for WordPress

30 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 47 Comments

The guys at Clicky recently wrote a post asking someone to re-develop their WordPress plugin. Since I have quite a bit of code lying around for what they needed, I emailed them and told them I’d be happy to build it. If you don’t know Clicky, you really should check it out, it’s a pretty »

Category: WordPress
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Plugin Compatibility data now crowdsourced

27 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

One of the things Mark Jaquith and I talked about when Mark was on Press This a month back, in the episode aptly titled the Future of WordPress, was that Automattic would be adding a way for people to indicate whether a certain plugin was working for them or not, regardless of what the plugins »

Category: WordPress
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