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.

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 »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

WordPress Plugin Installation Survey

19 June 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

When you install a new plugin, what do you base the decision to do that on? I’d love to know! So I’ve created a survey, I’ll of course share the results here on the blog. Please fill out the survey below:

Category: WordPress

All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO Migration

17 June 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 55 Comments

All In One SEO Import

So you’ve made the decision and want to migrate from All In One SEO Pack to my WordPress SEO plugin. It seems some people are afraid of taking the big leap. It’s actually fairly easy although it will be partly manual work. You won’t have to rewrite the title or description for any of your »

Category: WordPress

Custom Post Type Snippets to make you smile

17 June 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

Custom Post Type goodness

So it’s friday, I’ve been coding all day and I thought I’d share some of the cool snippets I’ve come across and/or developed today. I’ve mostly been working with Custom Post Types and Taxonomies, so let me share some of that goodness. Let’s geek out in a bit, but first let me show you why »

Category: WordPress

WordPress SEO Theme Guidelines

31 May 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 60 Comments


It seems every “premium” WordPress theme these days calls itself “SEO friendly”. They’re usually not. In fact, most are crap, I’m sorry to say. So I thought I’d lay down some WordPress SEO Theme “Rules” or “Guidelines”. If you’re not abiding by those rules, you’ll never get the “Yoast says it’s SEO friendly” sticker, sorry. »

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