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Using a namespace for your functions and classes

15 April 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

An often made mistake by WordPress developers is to use to generic function and class names. For instance, if you’re building a plugin to do with YouTube, using a class name “Youtube” is bound to cause issues: if a user has multiple plugins dealing with Youtube, he or she could very well end up with »

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WordPress HTTP API

13 April 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Why you should want to know about the WordPress HTTP API? Well, some WordPress installs may have CURL installed for instance, others may not. On some installs you’re allowed to do file_get_contents to external URLs, on others you’re not. If you’re relying on these features to work, your plugin might not work for a lot »

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Why WordPress and some of my plugins require PHP 5.2

11 April 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

WordPress 3.2 will require PHP 5.2 or higher, as a result of which I’ve decided that my WordPress SEO plugin, currently still in beta, will also require PHP 5.2 and I will probably start having the same requirements for future version of my other plugins. This saves me time coding and testing against a version »

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WordPress Plugin Review

8 April 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

I’ve decided to start doing plugin reviews on this blog, I get so many questions from people asking “is this a good plugin”, “is that a good one”, “can I trust that plugin”. It’ll probably help a lot more people if I start doing these reviews publicly. So, to start this, I’ve created a form »

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11 Top WordPress Plugins Every Blog Should Have

16 February 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 223 Comments

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WordPress in itself is a decent system but it can be made into a rock solid blogging beast. Adding top WordPress plugins can make WordPress into the Swiss Army Knife of blogging: just pull out whatever functionality you need for your specific blog! Many people have asked me for my list of top WordPress plugins. »

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HTML Sitemap for WordPress

8 February 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 63 Comments

HTML sitemap for wordpress, as shown on Yoast

An HTML sitemap (as opposed to an XML sitemap) is often mentioned as being useful for SEO. They certainly are if you use them wisely (and especially Bing seems to like them at times), but I like them even more for the fact that users like them a lot. There’s plenty of plugins out there »

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Turn your commenters into subscribers!

31 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 64 Comments

Only a small percentage of your visitors leave a comment. This group of people is probably also interested in subscribing to your newsletter, if you have one. So I created a method to add a “subscribe to my WordPress newsletter” checkbox to my comment form a couple of weeks ago. The result? 40 new subscribers »

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Tools To Improve Your Online Marketing Campaign

25 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 43 Comments

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I recently gave a presentation at the Bol.com partner event about tools I use every day for my online marketing campaigns and site analyses, and I thought it’d be cool to share them with you in a post as well, even though for some of you this list might be a bit basic. Google Analytics »

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

10 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 112 Comments

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With all the WordPress theme frameworks that arose over the past few years, you’d almost forget what a normal WordPress theme looks like. Almost, because Yoast has got your back and we’re about to remind you! Check out our anatomy of a WordPress theme infographic:   For reference, here is the copy in the infographic: Anatomy of a »

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Bit.ly Links for WordPress, made easy.

5 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 25 Comments

Bit.ly adminbar item

WordPress recently added shortlinks for posts to everything, you get a Shortlink button in the backend on published posts, there’s a Shortlink menu in the admin bar etc. But most of us don’t want to use that shortlink. We use Bit.ly, or in my case, Bit.ly Pro and we have no need for that Shortlink »

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