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Press This: John Godley and Frederick Townes

19 August 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Last night was the night of the second episode of Press This, and I hadn’t even found time to blog about the first one yet! The first show was with John Godley, of HeadSpace2 / Redirection and other plugin fame, this second one was with Frederick Townes, the CTO of Mashable. In the show with »

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Multilingual and Multi Domain Sites in WordPress

17 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 51 Comments

One of the things we’re doing more and more of recently is building multilingual, multi domain corporate sites in WordPress. Doing that used to be a fair amount of work, but we’ve been able to make it a lot simpler lately. We start the process with a simple WordPress MU install, to which we then »

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Adding Sites to Sociable

16 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 54 Comments

While Sociable comes with a pretty large set of sites, there are always people that want to add their own. While this is pretty easy to do, you’d have to update the plugin every time it’s updated, which is quite often, so that’s not really a workable solution. Today, I’ve fixed that. I’ve just submitted »

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Analytics360° – Google Analytics in your Dashboard

15 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 87 Comments

I’ve been doing some changes to how the WordPress newsletter gets sent out recently, and one of those changes was because I have switched to using MailChimp. I was getting sick of Aweber after some issues, and when the folks from MailChimp decided to advertise on my blog I contacted them. So now, MailChimp is »

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Cool plugin find: Changelogger

13 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

Sometimes the cool plugins are the small little things. With the advent of the new changelog addition to the WordPress readme.txt standard, it became possible to parse these changelogs and show the changes straight into your WP Plugins section. This is exactly what the ChangeLogger plugin does. It looks like this: Pretty nifty huh? I »

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Remove Smilies, once and for all

13 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

One of the most annoying features ever in WordPress is the “feature” to convert smilies into images of smileys, MSN style. Where lots of stuff like this is dismissed these days as “plugin territory”, this annoying feature has been in WP since 0.71… Anyway, sometimes you’ll want to disable this feature from within your theme, »

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A Migration to WordPress MU

13 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I’ve been working on one of the largest WordPress MU projects we’ve taken on so far the last couple of days. We’ve been migrating the blogo.nl blogs (a Dutch blog network started in 2005) over to WordPress MU. There were several things in this project that were nice to figure out, I’ll go over two »

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Holy cow… 1 million downloads

8 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 88 Comments

This is so humbling… I just logged in to my Mint installation, to see that the combined total downloads for my plugins on WordPress.org have crossed 1 million… Check the screenshot:

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SmushIt for WordPress

8 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 51 Comments

There are plugins for WordPress that are just too good to be true sometimes. One of my all time favourite coders, Alex Dunae, has written a plugin called WP Smush.it. I was pointed at this plugin by my WestHost buddy, Nick Nelson, who found it while working on optimizing a site on Tehran News. The »

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Using a CDN for your WordPress blog

6 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 151 Comments

Yoast.com uses the MaxCDN WordPress CDN service. When I started using this, the speed improvement was mind boggling. Before, I could only get the front page of this site to load in about 7 seconds, measured by Pingdom, (check here, f/i). Now, the front page loads in about 1.1 second, and sometimes even less… You »

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