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Magento performance hosting

12 June 2009 by Joachim Houtman » - 39 Comments

The system requirements of Magento are quite extensive, it requires at least PHP 5.2.0 extended with mcrypt, PDO_MySql and simplexml. For the database Magento needs at least MySQL 4.1.20 with InnoDB storage engine. At MagentoCommerce.com you can find a complete list of requirements. But how do you know if your server meets these system requirements? »

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What are custom taxonomies in WordPress?

8 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

In WordPress, content can be grouped using categories and tags by default. WordPress calls these groups taxonomies. When you are serious about your content and have a lot of it, it will pay off to create other groups as well. By creating these custom taxonomies, you are basically making your life as a content writer easier, and, »

Category: Technical SEO
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Optimizing WordPress database performance

30 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 71 Comments

I’ve been working with a plugin that was mentioned on the wp-hackers list last week, called debug queries, to optimize the performance on some of my sites, including this one. The plugin was pretty easy to use, and I’ve improved a bit on it. I’ve sent the patch to Frank, who authored the original plugin, »

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Postbox, an interview with Sherman Dickman

26 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

A short while ago I moved over to a new email program called Postbox, and I’ve been absolutely loving it for it’s labelling, archive and search functions. One of the people involved with Postbox is Sherman Dickman, whom I knew from when he was still the Product Manager at Mozilla, so I decided to interview »

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Magento SEO

5 March 2009 by Joost de Valk »

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Out of the box, Magento SEO is reasonably fine, after applying these tips, it becomes a rock solid ranking machine, selling your products all day long!

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Interview with Todd Garland of BuySellAds

30 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 20 Comments

I’ve recently switched from selling my ads directly to having BuySellAds take care of it, and it’s been an absolutely awesome experience. As a result of that experience, I do not agree with Chris Brogan yet that advertising is completely broken, but it does need a good level of reinvention. So, to introduce you to »

Category: User eXperience (UX)
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Measuring SEO: why rankings are worthless

10 September 2008 by Eduard Blacquière » - 63 Comments

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While Joost is enjoying his well deserved honeymoon, he asked me to do a post as guest blogger. “As long as it’s anything about search”, he said. Alright, that’s not so hard :) I thought I’d dive into the discussion of search engine rankings and what the value is in SEO. To match the style »

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Breadcrumbs in WordPress

20 August 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

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Historically, blogs, and thus WordPress, have never had breadcrumbs. There’s hardly any theme that has them built in, and though there were some breadcrumb plugins for WordPress, in my opinion, they sucked.  Breadcrumbs are a great utility, both for usability and SEO. They allow people and search engines to easily determine the structure of a »

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Make WordPress’ search function suck Less.

4 August 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 119 Comments

WordPress default search kinda sucks. It sorts the results by date, newest first, and interface wise it doesn’t have any of the cool things we’re used to when we search in for instance Google. This post will explain how you can make your search experience suck less. It requires a few plugins and some work »

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Meet Yoast!

9 June 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 68 Comments

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Update: Curious how it all started? This is the launch post of yoast.com by Joost. One for the books ;-) After a couple of years on joostdevalk.nl, I’ve decided it was time to do a couple of things at the same time: redesign to a more professional look move to a .com domain and US »

Category: Technical SEO
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