Why not updating your Core, Themes & Plugins is Stupid

Why not updating your Core, Themes & Plugins is Stupid

This morning I woke up to 3 email messages and 2 Skype messages from people telling me my site was hacked. I’ve had better mornings, as you can imagine. Luckily, through CodeGuard, I was able to determine what had changed in the last period. You know what? It was my own stupid fault: I hadn’t…

Cloud Hosting, Cloud Servers, what’s the difference?

Cloud Hosting, Cloud Servers, what’s the difference?

Recently VPS.net introduced Cloud Hosting, a new solution that differs a bit from their VPS Cloud Servers. I’m very, very happy with that product. Finally there’s something in between WestHost hosting, which I’ve been loving and promoting for a few years now but really is only for the beginning blogger, and the far more advanced…

WordPress SEO by Yoast, version 1.0

WordPress SEO by Yoast, version 1.0

Yay!!! It’s there. After almost a year of coding, I dare say that my WordPress SEO plugin is finally to be called stable. That doesn’t mean there are no more bugs left to squash: I wish. It does mean though that I now strongly believe that it’s safe to run on smaller and bigger sites…

WooCommerce vs JigoShop

WooCommerce vs JigoShop

On Open Source, Forking, Branding and Reputations There’s a whole ordeal in the WordPress community right now over the fact that WooThemes has decided to fork JigoShop into WooCommerce. Quite a few people have asked me for my opinion on this, given my recent trials and tribulations with copyright issues. I decided it would be good…

get_permalink memory usage issues

get_permalink memory usage issues

Every post that you call get_permalink for is added to the object cache (in memory). Now, if you’re doing a get_permalink call, 9 out of 10 times you’ll need to more of that post than just the permalink, so this isn’t really a problem. However, in some cases, especially when you do large quantities of…

rel=”author” and rel=”me” in WP and other platforms

rel=”author” and rel=”me” in WP and other platforms

The recent changes from Google and my post about it regarding the highlighting of authors in search caused quite a few questions. People have been asking me how to do specific things and how to make certain elements contain rel=”author” or rel=”me”. Instead of replying to each of those emails and comments I decided to write one…

Link Building Tips that Work

Link Building Tips that Work

You might recall that I’ve written a Link Building 101 article not so long ago. Since then, I’ve had quite a few people asking me for link building tips, advice, tricks, etc. I’ll tell you now: I’m not the one to ask. I have ideas about it, of course, but my methods don’t work for…

XML Sitemap PHP script

XML Sitemap PHP script

Recently, while working on the site for my father in law (in Dutch), I wanted to create an XML sitemap for the many publications on his site, that are downloadable PDF’s. I regularly add PDF’s to his site too, and since I’m a tad bit lazy I don’t want to keep updating the XML sitemap. So…

Meta Keywords: why I don’t use them

Meta Keywords: why I don’t use them

There is one question about SEO which seems to be coming up in our Website Reviews time and time again, so let me answer it now and be done with it. Meta Keywords are useless. No search engine uses them for any real rankings. That is why by default, there is no meta keywords input…

Web Intents from Twitter

Web Intents from Twitter

At the end of March Twitter released a cool new feature called “Web Intents”. I didn’t really see the value of it till recently, but I’ve now started using it way more. When you have a Tweet button on your site, you’re already using the Web Intents API, but you can do way more cool…