WestHost: WordPress hosting done right

So in the last couple of weeks I had a bit of an issue with my server. Automatic plugin updates didn’t work as I wanted them to, WP-Cron didn’t work, and although I was able to fix all those I felt unhappy. I want my hosting party to take care of that stuff, and not…

WP-cron not working?

So when I moved to the (DV) server at MediaTemple, it turns out that my WP-Cron stopped working. I didn’t notice for a while, until I found out that the new version of Tweetbacks didn’t work for me anymore, and this was using wp-cron. The fix turned out to be very simple, after some debugging…

rel=canonical – Canonical URL links

Matt Cutts has just announced a new tag at SMX West Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have just announced a new link element, henceforth to be known as rel=canonical, which we can use to tell the search engines which URL it should have for the current page. This is probably best explained with an example, so…

Fix Automatic Plugin Update

I recently moved from a MediaTemple Grid Server to a MediaTemple DV extreme, and in that move, I lost the ability to do automatic plugin updates, and it instead required me to enter my FTP info. As I use a gigantic amount of plugins, that becomes annoying very soon. So I decided to find out…

I Won! (a SEMMY)

Thanks to all of you who voted for me, I’ve won the SEMMY in the category Blogs & Blogging with my WordPress SEO article! WordPress SEO Thanks a ton for your support, I’m really happy with this, and congratulations to the runner-ups and the other SEMMY winners, you did a great job!

WordPress SEO Video

Note: this video is rather old. While a lot of what I cover is still true, I have since released a WordPress SEO plugin and a Video SEO plugin that you might want to check out. I spoke at A4UExpo London last year and will be speaking at the upcoming A4UExpo Amsterdam. One of the…

WordPress PHPXref – PHP Cross Reference

If you’re coding in PHP a lot, PHPXref is one of the coolest tools available. It allows you to browse large portions of source code, and find where functions, variables and constants are defined and referenced. As the PHPXref of WordPress I used to use isn’t available anymore, I decided a couple of weeks ago…

New layout, coming soon!

So in between all the work on Tweetbacks, the new design for yoast.com is shaping up nicely. It’s extremely funny, and I love it even when working with a bit longer. It’s a whole lot lighter than the current one, which is a bit dark to my liking, and it’s a lot more me. I’ve…

Tweetbacks for WordPress

For those who you who’ve been following me on Twitter (if you don’t, it’s about time, I’m @jdevalk!), the fact that I was working on a Tweetbacks plugin for WordPress is no news. We’ve just officially made the announcement on SmashingMagazine, so go read how to implement it there and install Tweetbacks for WordPress on…

WordPress plugin competition

Win a Macbook Air! We’re going to start 2009 with a bang! Read on to see why you shouldn’t be missing this chance to win a Macbook Air. In the last part of 2008, I’ve been working with the guys at sunshine.co.uk. I’ve worked with many a travel company in my years in online marketing,…