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!

Newsletter specific articles

They’re back! And with “they”, I mean the articles specifically written for the WordPress newsletter. Some of you noticed that I started sending out my feed to all of you, because I found out that a lot of you (and there’s almost 6,000 of you now) weren’t reading my blog. Most of you wanted the…

Updates to the WordPress TextMate bundle

With all the new API enhancements in the last few versions of WordPress, I thought it was time to give my WordPress Textmate bundle an update, as I first released it exactly a year ago. Here are the things I’ve added: Added ‘esc’ tab-expansion: with the help of Mark Jaquith’s great article Escaping API updates…

Sociable 3.3 with awe.sm integration

I’ve just released Sociable 3.3 which comes with a very cool new feature: awe.sm integration. Awe.sm is a URL shortener. Free for those with an account (it’s in private beta right now), and then it uses awe.sm, but for $100 you get a URL shortener on your OWN domain! Now I happened to have a…

Hosting your JS at Google

While in a previous post I talked about WordPress database optimization, with this post I intend to show you how to improve your sites performance a bit more by hosting your javascripts with Google. This only works if you’re using jQuery, prototype or another library that is supported by Google’s AJAX Librararies API. While those…

Custom RSS feeds in WordPress

I use FeedBurner to track all my feed subscribers, but sometimes I want to provide a different feed to other people (without my feed signature for instance, or using excerpts instead of full feeds). Now when you use FeedBurner’s Feedsmith plugin, this’ll redirect all of your normal feeds to FeedBurner, and that’s a smart thing…

StudioPress and Yoast kick it off together

This is quite big news for me, and for OrangeValley Projects, the development side of OrangeValley that we’ve been starting up over the last few months. In short: Brian Gardner, of StudioPress and Revolution fame, and myself, have decided to partner up, to provide better SEO’d themes to StudioPress customers. Brian is the one who…

WordPress MU development, I love it!

At OrangeValley, we’re currently working on migrating a large Dutch blog network over from it’s own proprietary system to a WordPress Multi User install, one of our more serious WordPress MU development projects. There’s quite a few things about WordPress MU that I like, but what I like most is, well, that’s it’s WordPress :)…