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WordPress SEO

16 April 2008 by Joost de Valk »

The ONLY tutorial you need to boost your search engine traffic by improving your WordPress SEO. Tips on WordPress SEO plugin usage, structuring your site and optimizing your theme!

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Replacing plugins with template code: Gravatars

13 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Lately I’ve been trying to reduce the number of plugins I’ve got loading to speed up my WordPress a bit, especially those plugins that do “stuff” in my theme. I’ve been replacing these plugins with template code, and this is the easiest fix I had so far: I replaced a 40k gravatar plugin with one »

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Custom WordPress database error pages

10 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

WordPress 2.3.2 introduced a nice new feature which has been on my todo list for quite a while, and I’ve now finally gotten around to: the possibility to create a custom database error page. The idea is simple, you upload a file called db-error.php to your wp-content directory, and that file will be shown when »

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WordPress 2.5 Plugin Settings Pages Style Guide

23 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 38 Comments

Fellow plugin authors beware! Your plugin settings pages might look pretty awful in WordPress 2.5’s new admin theme… Currently, I’m working on making all my plugins work and look good in it, and I had to do a bit of research. There’s a page on migrating plugins and themes on the WordPress codex, which can »

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Move WordPress to a new domain in 10 easy steps!

14 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 123 Comments

A friend recently asked me how to move his blog, which is on /blog/ on his domain, to a new domain on its own. The steps to move WordPress are easy, but have to be taken in the right order to make sure you’re not annoying your users and the search engines. I know a »

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WordPress plugins and SEO mailing list

11 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

I’ve decided to start a weekly mailing list on WordPress plugins and SEO, which will contain: Info on new cool plugins I’ve come across or have coded myself SEO tips for WordPress Speed optimization tips for WordPress Tips and tricks for increasing the conversation on and the community around your blog The tips and tricks »

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A better SlideShare WordPress plugin

10 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

After doing my post about RIMC, I was kind of annoyed with the SlideShare plugins out there, as they had me change the default embed code, instead of just using it, so I’ve built a new SlideShare WordPress plugin. It allows you to set a default width as well, so it will automatically size all »

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Ads Widget for WordPress

8 February 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

A quick post to show you a widget I’ve been working on for the last few days: a widget to ad ads to your sidebar, which I’m actually using in the sidebar. You can see the back-end interface for it on the right. It has a few options: randomize the ad positions shows an “advertise »

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Sociable WordPress plugin take-over

31 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 52 Comments

Several people have noticed, most notably Andy Beard, that the Sociable WordPress plugin is, next to be being a cool plugin, kind of a dead project. I had modified it quite a bit for Mel’s blog, and my own later on, to include Sphinn, Facebook, Mixx, Google Bookmarks, Live and Twitter (the latter inspired by »

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Speed up WordPress, and clean it up too!

21 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 110 Comments

Every once in a while people will ask me to fix their blog, because it’s either slow, or broken. When it’s not something to do with their WordPress hosting, (some hosts are just plain bad and slow), most of the time this is caused by either broken plugins, or broken themes. There are a few »

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