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.

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Importing from another MySQL into WordPress

2 December 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Sometimes data imports into WordPress can be a pain, but most of the time, it’s pretty darn easy. In a previous project I had to go through the trouble of outputting WXR files and then importing those, but it’s really a lot easier if you do a direct MySQL to WordPress import using the WordPress »

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Smarter handling of WordPress plugin uploads

26 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

While preparing my previous post on new features in WordPress 2.9, I ran across a ticket in Trac for something I’d been wanting to do for a while: specify a subfolder of the uploads directory for specific plugins, like my Blog Icons plugin, to upload their files to. This way, the blog icons plugin would »

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Geeky bits in WordPress 2.9

25 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

Thanks to Peter Westwoord’s WordPress Beta Tester plugin, this blog is on the 2.9 development track again, after having been off trunk for a couple of months. That plugin makes it really easy to switch any WordPress install to the development branch, either for the next “point” release (eg. 2.8.6), or the next major version, »

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Gravity Forms Widget + Extra’s

21 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

I’ve been blogging about Gravity Forms before, and I still think it’s one of the best plugins to have been released this year, if not all time. In recent releases they’ve been adding and adding and adding incredible new features, showing that you really do want to buy the plugin and get all their updates. »

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Comment Tracking in Clicky

17 November 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

So one of the things I’ve always wanted to do is use an Analytics tools API to enrich the data about a visit. Clicky is one of the few tools out there that have a well detailed API that allows you to push in extra data during the visit. The extra data bit I really »

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Clicky Tracking for WordPress

30 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 47 Comments

The guys at Clicky recently wrote a post asking someone to re-develop their WordPress plugin. Since I have quite a bit of code lying around for what they needed, I emailed them and told them I’d be happy to build it. If you don’t know Clicky, you really should check it out, it’s a pretty »

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Plugin Compatibility data now crowdsourced

27 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

One of the things Mark Jaquith and I talked about when Mark was on Press This a month back, in the episode aptly titled the Future of WordPress, was that Automattic would be adding a way for people to indicate whether a certain plugin was working for them or not, regardless of what the plugins »

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Quick WP Tip: Conditional Thickbox loading

14 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

Another quick tip to help you optimize your site: sometimes you want to load one or more images in a post in a nice Thickbox or Lightbox. But in most cases, you don’t need to load these scripts, wouldn’t it be cool if you could load these scripts only when you want them to load? »

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WordPress Debug Theme

14 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

Warning: major geekery ahead! Sometimes you need to see what’s wrong with a WordPress install, and you need to see it fast. I’ve had a set of hacks around for a while to do that, but finally started combining it into a WordPress Debug Theme. This theme is quite simple for now, as it only »

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Upgrading issues with WordPress MU

13 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

I was upgrading a WordPress MU site we work on and came across an annoying issue: core update wouldn’t work the way it’s supposed to. I got the following error: After a bit of Googling I found a thread in the WordPress forums that contained a gem of a fix: In the file /wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php change »

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