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A reader story: One Project Closer

30 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

I got an email from Fred of One Project Closer this weekend, outlining how he had handled improving the load time of his blog, and I was so happy with it that I asked whether I could post it online, to which he graciously agreed. So you can now read it in full: Joost, I »

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Why functionality in themes is not always good.

25 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 35 Comments

So you’ve switched over to a theme that comes with built-in functionality for titles and meta descriptions. Instead of using HeadSpace2, All in one SEO or another SEO plugin, you’re now using the theme’s built-in SEO functions and input boxes for title’s and meta descriptions. It just seems more logical doesn’t it? Loading one plugin »

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Quick WP Tip: Simple WordPress debugging

17 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

After reading this post about the “WordPress white screen of death” I wanted to quickly share with you a quick hack I do in almost all WordPress installs I manage, that allows me to quickly switch on debug mode when needed. In the file wp-config.php, usually found in your WordPress root, do the following: Now »

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Emailing your commenters

29 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

I updated my Emergency WordPress access script today, because of some issues we’d discovered at OrangeValley and some bugs submitted by users. When I updated the post, I realized I should be emailing all the commenters, as some of them had had the same issue, and most of them would want the updated script. Quite »

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Video SEO and WordPress

16 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 42 Comments

Update: if you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in our premium Video SEO plugin for WordPress! I’ve been testing a lot with video SEO lately, and I’ll be doing a whole lot more of that testing, as video SEO seems to be a nice area to play in. Now I noticed my buddy Mark »

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Design & development of your WordPress CMS

12 June 2010 by Joost de Valk »

So, after reading the article on getting from your website’s goal to a proper site structure, and having determined which kinds of page templates and functionality you’ll need, you’re ready for the next step: designing and developing your site. At the end of this article I’ll go through a short list of often-needed functionality, and »

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Using WordPress as a CMS article series

2 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

I picked the winner for the ShopHTML competition today, a winner who asked for a post I can not possibly do in one single post. So I’ve started an article series on the topic: using WordPress as a CMS, and am ready to release the first article to you already: going from your website’s goal »

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WordPress-to-Lead for Salesforce CRM

30 April 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 51 Comments

Note: this plugin is no longer being developed by Yoast, you can now find it here: WordPress-to-Lead for Salesforce CRM. Lorna Li, an Online Marketing Manager at Salesforce.com reached out to me on a definitive list of must-have WordPress plugins for her green marketing blog and other websites she was working on. During our conversation »

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Emergency WordPress access

21 April 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 50 Comments

If you do a lot of WordPress development work, you’re bound to receive WordPress database sometimes that you don’t have an admin account for. We usually test, if possible, on a database the client provides us with. We used to have to go into the database and change an existing user, or add a new one »

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Are you listening to the WordPress Podcast?

7 April 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

So it might seem like this blog is low on updates, which it is in text posts, but Frederick and myself are doing the weekly WordPress Podcast (which I really have to update the pages for). If you subscribe to the Yoast RSS feed or to the WordPress Podcast feed, you’ll get those podcasts delivered »

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