Remove Smilies, once and for all

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,…

A Migration to WordPress MU

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…

SmushIt for WordPress

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…

Using a CDN for your WordPress blog

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…

On the GPL, Themes, Plugins & Free.

So, we’ve finally got an official word on this, the one sentence summary by Matt reads: PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required. Ok, so that’s the final truth, because the Software Freedom Law Center (who are of course absolutely NOT partial in this, even though…

Yet Another WordPress Podcast

I’ve just agreed with my buddy Daron Babin of WebmasterRadio.FM to be the host for a weekly WordPress podcast, no names or time slots decided yet but I’m so excited about the news that I wanted to share it with you all! All your suggestions for names, topics and guests are welcome in the comments!

New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

Yesterday, while working on a project for Springer Uitgeverij, I was amazed to find out there is no simple RSS Shortcode plugin, that simply allows you to do this: And then that would show the feed you’d specified. Well, now there is: the RSS Shortcode plugin. It looks like this, when functioning (with excerpts set…

Excluding a blog category from your feed

While I was working on a new system for my WordPress newsletter, a system that uses its own custom feed (skipping FeedBurner which caused errors last week), I had to figure out how to exclude a category from my blogs regular feed as well as my homepage and some other pages. There’s a couple of…

SEO Blogging Tools

WordTracker released a very cool FireFox plugin called SEO Blogger, which allows you to search for keywords while you write, so you can optimize your posts to the fullest and get some nice search engine traffic flowing in. It’s pretty simple to use and I really suggest you go check it out!