This site is based on WordPress, and customizing and SEO-ing it is a constant process, so we blog about that quite often. After all, good SEO on this blog makes for lots of visitors, which is exactly what we want of course.

We write about our WordPress plugins, WordPress updates in general and how to optimize your WordPress site.

WordPress SEO Theme Compatibility Survey

12 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments


Quite often now, I get the question which themes work well with my WordPress SEO plugin. The honest answer is that I know only a few by heart because I haven’t tried them all. Now I know I have a quite active user base for my WordPress SEO plugin and therefor, I’ve decided to try »

Category: WordPress

VPS.net issues: what’s up and what will they do about it?

9 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 87 Comments

vps.net logo

When I posted my interview with Terry Myers about cloud hosting, I wasn’t really prepared for the backlash that would come in on that post. Quite a few people responded and a lot of them weren’t too happy. On top of that, there were several instances of downtime in both the AMS and several US »

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Discuss: The Page Title in WordPress Themes

5 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 27 Comments

WordPress is a content management system. It allows the user to create and edit types of content, be them post, pages or custom post types and classify them with taxonomies, categories, tags or custom taxonomies. Almost every bit of content a WordPress site outputs is easy to control by the maintainer of that WordPress site. »

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Why not updating your Core, Themes & Plugins is Stupid

4 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 39 Comments

theme update warning

This morning I woke up to 3 email messages and 2 Skype messages from people telling me my site was hacked. I’ve had better mornings, as you can imagine. Luckily, through CodeGuard, I was able to determine what had changed in the last period. You know what? It was my own stupid fault: I hadn’t »

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Cloud Hosting, Cloud Servers, what’s the difference?

1 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

Terry Myers of VPS.net talks about cloud hosting

Recently VPS.net introduced Cloud Hosting, a new solution that differs a bit from their VPS Cloud Servers. I’m very, very happy with that product. Finally there’s something in between WestHost hosting, which I’ve been loving and promoting for a few years now but really is only for the beginning blogger, and the far more advanced »

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WordPress SEO by Yoast, version 1.0

31 August 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 134 Comments

Yay!!! It’s there. After almost a year of coding, I dare say that my WordPress SEO plugin is finally to be called stable. That doesn’t mean there are no more bugs left to squash: I wish. It does mean though that I now strongly believe that it’s safe to run on smaller and bigger sites »

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WooCommerce vs JigoShop

26 August 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 65 Comments

On Open Source, Forking, Branding and Reputations There’s a whole ordeal in the WordPress community right now over the fact that WooThemes has decided to fork JigoShop into WooCommerce. Quite a few people have asked me for my opinion on this, given my recent trials and tribulations with copyright issues. I decided it would be good »

Categories: eCommerce, WordPress

get_permalink memory usage issues

24 August 2011 by Joost de Valk »

Every post that you call get_permalink for is added to the object cache (in memory). Now, if you’re doing a get_permalink call, 9 out of 10 times you’ll need to more of that post than just the permalink, so this isn’t really a problem. However, in some cases, especially when you do large quantities of »

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rel=”author” and rel=”me” in WP and other platforms

23 August 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 127 Comments

Scobleizer's about link, that should have rel="author"

The recent changes from Google and my post about it regarding the highlighting of authors in search caused quite a few questions. People have been asking me how to do specific things and how to make certain elements contain rel=”author” or rel=”me”. Instead of replying to each of those emails and comments I decided to write one »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

Author Highlighting in Search with WordPress

30 June 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 30 Comments

daggle - Google Search

Amidst all the news about Google+ and Google social interaction tracking (and yes I will work on & post about that too), Google released some other news today. They said they’re going to be highlighting authors in the search results.  I think this is an awesome feature. It means that you’ll see a picture / avatar »

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