Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 40


Analytics360° – Google Analytics in your Dashboard

15 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 87 Comments

I’ve been doing some changes to how the WordPress newsletter gets sent out recently, and one of those changes was because I have switched to using MailChimp. I was getting sick of Aweber after some issues, and when the folks from MailChimp decided to advertise on my blog I contacted them. So now, MailChimp is […]

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Cool plugin find: Changelogger

13 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Sometimes the cool plugins are the small little things. With the advent of the new changelog addition to the WordPress readme.txt standard, it became possible to parse these changelogs and show the changes straight into your WP Plugins section. This is exactly what the ChangeLogger plugin does. It looks like this: Pretty nifty huh? I »

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Remove Smilies, once and for all

13 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

One of the most annoying features ever in WordPress is the “feature” to convert smilies into images of smileys, MSN style. Where lots of stuff like this is dismissed these days as “plugin territory”, this annoying feature has been in WP since 0.71… Anyway, sometimes you’ll want to disable this feature from within your theme, »

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A Migration to WordPress MU

13 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I’ve been working on one of the largest WordPress MU projects we’ve taken on so far the last couple of days. We’ve been migrating the blogo.nl blogs (a Dutch blog network started in 2005) over to WordPress MU. There were several things in this project that were nice to figure out, I’ll go over two »

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Holy cow… 1 million downloads

8 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 88 Comments

This is so humbling… I just logged in to my Mint installation, to see that the combined total downloads for my plugins on WordPress.org have crossed 1 million… Check the screenshot:

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SmushIt for WordPress

8 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 51 Comments

There are plugins for WordPress that are just too good to be true sometimes. One of my all time favourite coders, Alex Dunae, has written a plugin called WP Smush.it. I was pointed at this plugin by my WestHost buddy, Nick Nelson, who found it while working on optimizing a site on Tehran News. The »

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Using a CDN for your WordPress blog

6 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 151 Comments

Yoast.com uses the MaxCDN WordPress CDN service. When I started using this, the speed improvement was mind boggling. Before, I could only get the front page of this site to load in about 7 seconds, measured by Pingdom, (check here, f/i). Now, the front page loads in about 1.1 second, and sometimes even less… You »

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Playing around with VPS.net

3 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

Update: my WordPress blog is now hosted on VPS.net, check out my article on WordPress Hosting, you’ll also read there that I actually use a different image than the one below, though the steps are almost the same. So the guys who run WestHost and provide me with my awesome WordPress hosting, are a sister »

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On the GPL, Themes, Plugins & Free.

2 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 44 Comments

So, we’ve finally got an official word on this, the one sentence summary by Matt reads: PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required. Ok, so that’s the final truth, because the Software Freedom Law Center (who are of course absolutely NOT partial in this, even though »

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Yet Another WordPress Podcast

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

I’ve just agreed with my buddy Daron Babin of WebmasterRadio.FM to be the host for a weekly WordPress podcast, no names or time slots decided yet but I’m so excited about the news that I wanted to share it with you all! All your suggestions for names, topics and guests are welcome in the comments!

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