Running multiple Mint instances? Make updating easier!

Running multiple Mint instances? Make updating easier!

I run three instances of Mint, and if I worked “the normal way” doing one of it’s rather frequent updates would mean having to copy the same files three times. Since I’m lazy, I don’t feel like doing that. What I’ve done is pick one “main” Mint install, and symlink all files in other directories…

Permalink Redirect Plugin for WordPress

Permalink Redirect Plugin for WordPress

And yet another WordPress plugin fell out of my hands. This one checks the current URL against the permalink WordPress has defined for the post, page or category you’re in, and redirects to that permalink if they don’t match. This prevents subcategories from being linked to directly without the main category in the URL, so…

Webdesign survey

Webdesign survey

It’s up again, the annual webdesign survey by A List Apart, I took it, and so should you! (If you don’t like surveys do it for the prizes…)

The meaning of “de Valk”

The meaning of “de Valk”

Another great query found in my 103bees account “what does devalk mean?”. Well, this one is simple. “de Valk” is “the falcon” in Dutch. If you’ve never seen one, this is an example of a peregrine falcon, one of the most beautiful species within this family of birds. A few other nice members of the…

Serving XHTML as application/xhtml+xml

Serving XHTML as application/xhtml+xml

When you’re coding XHTML, you should deliver it as application/xhtml+xml. The problem is however, that once you do that, IE 6 & 7 break horribly… For your pages to render properly in those browsers, you’d need to set the mime type to text/html. Some very bright people have thought this problem in the past and…

Showing subcategories on WordPress category pages

Showing subcategories on WordPress category pages

I wanted to show the subcategories for a given category on it’s category page in the sidebar, but somehow the code for this wasn’t readily available. Basically you need to check whether there are any children, and if there are, list the categories with the current category as a parent or grandparent. The following code…

Optimize your shopping cart in 5 steps

Optimize your shopping cart in 5 steps

A friend of mine was adding a shopping cart to his site, and wanted some advice on how to optimize his shopping cart. I thought: why not give the advice I gave to him to all my readers as well? So here we go, a complete article on shopping cart SEO. Step 1.: Make sure…

WordPress subpages going supplemental: the fix

WordPress subpages going supplemental: the fix

I noticed that the subpages for my blog (you can find links to them in the footer of this page), were all going supplemental. This wasn’t really surprising as those subpages were displaying exactly the same as the frontpage: 5 full posts and a “next” and “previous” link to the next pages. This meant that…

WordPress 301 redirect

WordPress 301 redirect

For all you developers out there building WordPress plugins or coding in the core of WordPress, this is the “proper” way of doing a 301 redirect in WordPress: Easy isn’t it? Now go off and USE IT. I’m seeing way too much people who forget to add the “,301“, and stick with the default, which…

How to get Google to crawl your site faster

How to get Google to crawl your site faster

Yet another question out of my referrers to answer: “how can i get google to crawl my site faster“. There are two possible reasons why Google is slow in spidering your site. The first might seem obvious: if Google doesn’t find enough (quality) links pointing to your site, it doesn’t think your site is very…