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Yet Another WordPress Podcast

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

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!

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New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

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 »

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Excluding a blog category from your feed

25 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

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 »

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SEO Blogging Tools

25 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 6 Comments

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!

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Newsletter specific articles

25 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 3 Comments

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 »

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Updates to the WordPress TextMate bundle

20 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

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 »

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Sociable 3.3 with awe.sm integration

16 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 33 Comments

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 »

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Hosting your JS at Google

16 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

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 »

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Custom RSS feeds in WordPress

9 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

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 »

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StudioPress and Yoast kick it off together

28 May 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 57 Comments

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 »

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