Posts by Joost de Valk archive - page 40


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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New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

Yesterday, while working on a project for Springer Uitgeverij, I was amazed to find out there is no simple RSS Shortcode plugin, that simply allows you to do this: And then that would show the feed you’d specified. Well, now there is: the RSS Shortcode plugin. It looks like this, when functioning (with excerpts set »

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CSS Image Replacement, what’s up Matt?

25 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 52 Comments

So I’m a big fan of CSS image replacement, for several reasons, most importantly because it allows for a semantically correct page while having some text replaced with images, but also because I love sprites and I love using them well. I’ve also always been in favor of the use of CSS Image Replacement for »

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Excluding a blog category from your feed

25 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

While I was working on a new system for my WordPress newsletter, a system that uses its own custom feed (skipping FeedBurner which caused errors last week), I had to figure out how to exclude a category from my blogs regular feed as well as my homepage and some other pages. There’s a couple of »

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Hosting your JS at Google

16 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

While in a previous post I talked about WordPress database optimization, with this post I intend to show you how to improve your sites performance a bit more by hosting your javascripts with Google. This only works if you’re using jQuery, prototype or another library that is supported by Google’s AJAX Librararies API. While those »

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Custom RSS feeds in WordPress

9 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

I use FeedBurner to track all my feed subscribers, but sometimes I want to provide a different feed to other people (without my feed signature for instance, or using excerpts instead of full feeds). Now when you use FeedBurner’s Feedsmith plugin, this’ll redirect all of your normal feeds to FeedBurner, and that’s a smart thing »

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What are “custom taxonomies”?

8 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

WordPress, with version 2.3, introduced the concept of Tags. As described by Wikipedia, a tag is “a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information”. This meant WordPress had a hierarchical way of classifying information (categories), and a non hierarchical way of classifying information. As far back as in 2006, people were discussing »

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Optimizing WordPress database performance

30 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 71 Comments

I’ve been working with a plugin that was mentioned on the wp-hackers list last week, called debug queries, to optimize the performance on some of my sites, including this one. The plugin was pretty easy to use, and I’ve improved a bit on it. I’ve sent the patch to Frank, who authored the original plugin, »

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SEOBook SEO Toolbar

26 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 34 Comments

A while ago Aaron released his SEO Toolbar for Firefox, and while I’ve been using it I’ve never actually shown it here on my blog, even though it’s become one of my default SEO tools. As this toolbar comes with a slew of features that are probably best described by just showing them, I’ve made »

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Postbox, an interview with Sherman Dickman

26 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

A short while ago I moved over to a new email program called Postbox, and I’ve been absolutely loving it for it’s labelling, archive and search functions. One of the people involved with Postbox is Sherman Dickman, whom I knew from when he was still the Product Manager at Mozilla, so I decided to interview »

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