Web Development

Web Development

At Yoast we develop, a lot. From our premium WordPress plugins to internal tools, to Quix, we’ve done quite a few different things and we intend to do even more. This is where you’ll find us writing about that!

Moving your website to https / SSL: tips & tricks

In January I wrote about our plans in moving Yoast.com to SSL. We’ve since done that, with great results from an SEO perspective: we had no negative effect on traffic, whatsoever. Two weeks ago, we also moved our tool Quix to https. There are quite a few things we learned in the process of moving these two…

Breaking up responsive design

Over the last couple of weeks I have been dealing with the fine art of CSS. Although that is not my daily business anymore – because I lead the website review team here at Yoast – I really enjoyed mastering SCSS and using that for an actual design. During this field trip, I encountered several…

Why you should not use autocomplete

Several updates to this post below! 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…

Why relative URLs should be forbidden for web developers

Twitter is the website / web service most of us love and sometimes hate, a service that has become an integral part of most of our online identities. It’s one of the services we expect to be there when we Google ourselves or other people. So when you Google yourself and instead of twitter.com, you…

XML Sitemap PHP script

Recently, while working on the site for my father in law (in Dutch), I wanted to create an XML sitemap for the many publications on his site, that are downloadable PDF’s. I regularly add PDF’s to his site too, and since I’m a tad bit lazy I don’t want to keep updating the XML sitemap. So…

Web Intents from Twitter

At the end of March Twitter released a cool new feature called “Web Intents”. I didn’t really see the value of it till recently, but I’ve now started using it way more. When you have a Tweet button on your site, you’re already using the Web Intents API, but you can do way more cool…

Email Reliability: use an SPF record

A while back I outlined my system for preventing comment spam. One of the core fundamentals in there is that I send people an email to verify their email address before their comment is published. For this to work well, I need to trust on my email to be received. As it turns out, email…

Killer Performance Tips from the Expert

My business & podcast partner Frederick Townes, who also happens to be the CTO @ Mashable.com, has finally finished a long awaited (by me at least) post covering lots of the performance tips he’s applied at Mashable (I hope you’ve seen their awesome redesign) and in other projects to make the sites faster despite having…

“Design by” footer links…

When you’ve had someone build a website for you, it turns out to be common practice for that “someone”, usually a web developer or a web designer, to add a “design by” or “website developed by” footer link to your site. Let me make my point clearly: if they haven’t given you a discount to…

Link dump: interesting reads from around the web

So last week I’ve started sharing a lot more of what I read on a day to day basis on Twitter, and I decided I had to share these links here on yoast.com as well. Below is a quite extensive list of links that I found interesting, ordered by topic. I’ll try to do these…