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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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How to disable the WordPress Admin Bar

5 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 27 Comments

WordPress admin bar

WordPress 3.1 introduces a new feature called the Admin bar. A lot of people will be wanting to disable this when WordPress 3.1 comes out. Since release candiate 2 you can disable it on a per user basis like this: But since some people might want to disable the admin bar for everyone, I thought »

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Preventing anonymous comments in WordPress

4 January 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 64 Comments

I value comments a lot, in fact, I look at the number and quality of comments on a post almost as much as I look at the number of shares, tweets and pageviews to determine how well a post was received. Recently I’ve done some posts that got a lot of annoying responses. Most of »

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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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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: 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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