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How to reduce HTTP requests for your WordPress site

1 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 41 Comments

High Speed Websites

The web is sort of a reversed highway: you get tickets for going too slow and bonus points for speeding. Whether you’re “just” a blogger or you have an e-commerce site, your site needs to be fast. We’ve written about what to do to speed up Magento before, and I’ve mentioned caching for WordPress more »

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Should Themes or Plugins do your SEO?

7 December 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 127 Comments

My take on this might be clear to you, if it’s not: I am building the most complete WordPress SEO plugin out there and I recently wrote a post on the topic. There’s certainly parts of this, like proper heading structures and clean HTML that are task of the theme, but titles and descriptions are »

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Open Source, Motivations & Business

3 December 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 37 Comments


A hefty discussion has been going on about people’s motivations to develop Open Source software, starting with Alex King’s blog post and followed up by many others including Weblog Tools Collection. I disagree wholeheartedly with some of Alex’s statements. Chris Olbekson did a post I agree with more, and he also asked for my opinion »

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WordPress SEO Update

22 November 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 157 Comments

WordPress SEO has a new version: 0.1.4. It took me quite some time, but there were a few bugs that really needed fixing in the plugin before I could continue adding features, options and more. These are fixed now, please grab the latest update from WordPress.org. The most important bug that was fixed is the »

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Facebook Share (for WP E-Commerce sites too!)

21 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

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Sharing posts on Facebook is more fun when you have the proper Facebook share meta tags in your posts and pages, so the content you focus on get’s shared. Especially useful for WP E-Commerce based sites!

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Quick WP Tip: edit_term_link()

14 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 9 Comments

I’ve started optimizing tags, categories and custom taxonomies a lot more lately now that I can do all these neat things with them in my WordPress SEO plugin, and since I’m a busy guy I want to be able to do that quickly. So I wanted to edit my templates for those taxonomies to include »

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Quick WP Tip: get_queried_object()

13 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Getting the queried object in WordPress can be done in two ways: the hard way, and the easy way. Unfortunately for me, I only found out about the easy way a couple of days ago… The class wp_query has a function get_queried_object() that can be quite useful. Let me show you the old code I »

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WordPress SEO now in public beta

11 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 161 Comments

Cross posted from my newsletter because people asked me too: I’ll be honest. I had not expected so many of my newsletter readers to start testing, but I’m deeply thankful that they (you) did. All your testing and your reports towards me allowed me to squash many many bugs, documentation inconsistencies and more over the »

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Want to test my WordPress SEO plugin?

6 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 128 Comments

I’m getting closer and closer to releasing my WordPress SEO plugin. Turns out it’s not as easy as I thought to get this right straight off the bat, and it’s thus taking more and more time. I have also learned in my recent years of developing though, that getting a version out and feedback in »

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WordCamp Bulgaria: my presentation & more

2 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

So I was in Sofia, Bulgaria for WordCamp Bulgaria. They write in Cyrillic and talk Bulgarian there; meaning I’ve never felt like a stranger this much ever in my life. In a good way though because the people were awesome. These people included Dobromir and Ivan, the two organizers, Nikolay from Automattic, Stefanos from Greece »

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