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WordPress Debug Theme

14 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

Warning: major geekery ahead! Sometimes you need to see what’s wrong with a WordPress install, and you need to see it fast. I’ve had a set of hacks around for a while to do that, but finally started combining it into a WordPress Debug Theme. This theme is quite simple for now, as it only »

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Upgrading issues with WordPress MU

13 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

I was upgrading a WordPress MU site we work on and came across an annoying issue: core update wouldn’t work the way it’s supposed to. I got the following error: After a bit of Googling I found a thread in the WordPress forums that contained a gem of a fix: In the file /wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php change »

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VideoPress: Web Video, WordPress Style

9 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 48 Comments

If you’re looking for our Video SEO plugin, click that link… If you weren’t, you should check it out. It works with VideoPress videos too! This morning I was pleasantly surprised to find a new advertiser had signed on to my blog. The guys at Automattic have placed an ad for VideoPress, and I had »

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Quick WP Tip: pagination classes

6 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

One of my colleagues was working on a site for a client of ours, and needed to apply styling to the previous and next post link. As in most of our sites we use Lester Chan‘s excellent wp-pagenavi plugin so I dove into that to check how I could style it. Turns out Lester is »

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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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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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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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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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On the GPL, Themes, Plugins & Free.

2 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 44 Comments

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 »

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