Multilingual and Multi Domain Sites in WordPress

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…

Adding Sites to Sociable

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…

Analytics360° – Google Analytics in your Dashboard

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…

Cool plugin find: Changelogger

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…

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…