Small updates from me & my friends

I’ve got some small updates, from both myself, WordPress.org and some friends, including some very cool tutorials:

  • The Salesforce plugin we released last week, WordPress to Lead, got so much attention that my head is still buzzing… It got featured on Mashable, TechCrunch and loads and loads more blogs and news sites. Very very cool to see such a reply to one of my products. We’ve got loads more ideas for v2, but we’d still love your feedback, preferably on the original post.

    Some of the ideas we’ve already received? Make it work as an addon for Gravity Forms, allow for multiple forms, allow to set the lead source through a shortcode, and many more.

  • VPS.net will now help you migrate your site from any other hoster, even if you buy only 1 or 2 nodes. I’ve been wanting them to do this for a while since migration can be hard, and now they do. If you’ve considered migrating, it just got a bit easier. Ow and btw, if you send them a postcard, you get a $10 discount and have a chance to win an iPad!
  • WordPress PodcastThis tuesday on the WordPress Podcast, we’ll have John Mueller, aka JohnMu as a guest. We’ll be talking about Google Webmaster Tools and other things Google provides bloggers with to improve their blogging. We’re really looking forward to it, and would love for you to be there live. Make sure to listen live and chat, we broadcast at 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern and 10 PM GMT.

    Also, I think our last episode with Chris Pirillo about creating communities was quite good, you can go listen to that on WMR.fm.

  • Brian Clark (of Copyblogger fame and a buddy from SEOktoberfest) emailed me yesterday that he wrote a 24 page report on SEO copywriting that pretty much covers all the basics. I’ve read through it and it’s very, very solid stuff, so I suggest you click here to grab your free SEO copywriting report.

    If you read through to the end there’s some stuff about Scribe too. Scribe is an SEO plugin Brian co-created that actually is very cool, I’ll have to find the time to do a proper introduction of it to you, but starting with this report by Brian is probably a very good idea, even if you don’t want to use Scribe, the content is solid, and free.

  • WordPress 3.0 beta 2 has been released. Yoast.com is running it and it seems quite stable. WordPress 3.0 is the first release to merge WordPress and WordPress MU. I haven’t had a chance to upgrade a big MU site to this version yet, once I, or one of my colleagues, do, we’ll let you know, but I’d love to hear your experiences.
  • Last, but not least, for the geeks among you, there’s three pretty cool tutorials I’d love to share, first of all, Ozh wrote a post about oEmbed and embedding tweets that I really enjoyed. BinaryMoon had a very cool post on embedding Twitter’s new @anywhere service into the WordPress comments, and Leland had a good post on styling WP-PageNavi, which is what I use for my pagenumbers here on Yoast.

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19 Responses

  1. HollowBy Hollow on 9 May, 2010

    Why do you run a beta, not matter how stable may be, on a well established blog? Is that something you would suggest for other users dealing with the same desire to run new beta releases on active installations? And lastly, check your comment box because in Chrome 5.0.342.9 beta on Mac this is how it looks like: http://i43.tinypic.com/2luuxq9.jpg

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 9 May, 2010

      Hollow, my blog got big because I do things like run in a beta so I can blog about the new features when 3.0 is released. It also makes sure all my important plugins work as well. Whether you want to do that or not is completely up to you.

      As for the comment box: I know, but thanks :-) it’s on a list of design things I have to fix when I find the time :-)

  2. crusherBy crusher on 9 May, 2010

    leave a message / :)

  3. sarkari naukriBy sarkari naukri on 10 May, 2010

    I am always in wait for your updates, thanks for scribe plugin I love it.

  4. VlatkoBy Vlatko on 10 May, 2010

    I don’t know if you’re aware but WP-Pagenavi (or any other pagination method – hardcoded, through function.php etc.) and W3TC are having a problem. W3TC is caching paginated pages wrong.

    Just click on any of your categories, tags and hit the last page. You’ll get 404. Also you’ll get 404 on every number of page if you go backwards until you reach the actual number of pages in that category, tag. And that is happening on every category, tag that has less number of pages then the index. If you sum up those are lots of 404s on a blog.

    I’ve tried to find a solution for this but without any luck. I hope you’ll resolve this since it concerns you.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 10 May, 2010

      Thx Vlatko, we fixed it this afternoon, the development version of w3 total cache has a fix for it :)

  5. David WilcoxsonBy David Wilcoxson on 10 May, 2010

    I’m excited to see the new WordPress 3.0, with MU features.

    I use the Scribe SEO plugin and it rocks!

  6. TerenceBy Terence on 11 May, 2010

    Looks like somebody screwed up W3TC CSS minifying as the page that I am looking at is totally white and has no graphics whatsoever.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 11 May, 2010

      or your browser cache was screwed? Not seeing anything weird here.

  7. TerenceBy Terence on 11 May, 2010

    Curiouser and curiouser. I had loaded this page with both Chrome and then Firefox before I wrote that. Now I have just tried it with Internet Exploder and the result is the same. White page, black text and avatars but no other graphics. I can’t think of a common point of failure except perhaps at my ISP, but I am not using a proxy, well not unless he has a transparent proxy installed I don’t know about. Hmmmm.

  8. NgelinBy Ngelin on 17 May, 2010

    Great updates. Thanks it’s valuable to me. :)

  9. TerenceBy Terence on 17 May, 2010

    Still got the same problem (missing CSS or Javascript) but I just cleared the caches of 3 different browsers and checked and its for you whole site. Something wierd going on here Joost.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 17 May, 2010

      hmm I’d love to replicate that but I simply don’t know how…

      • TerenceBy Terence on 22 May, 2010

        No need to try now Joost. I’ve discovered what the problem is or was. My Teltonika 3G router died the death just the other day and I have had to use my Hauwei instead. And lo and behold, your page is back in color and graphics once more. I have no idea how a router with no cache or proxy can have had that sort of effect, but I can see now that it did as it was the only single point of failure on the system. And clearly it failed in some way. Well, it failed somewhat spectacularly now and fried itself!!!

  10. TomXBy TomX on 24 May, 2010

    joost, thanks for the articel. it sounds well and it is very usefull. regards tom

  11. DeanBy Dean on 26 May, 2010

    I am so sorry because this question is out of topic at hand mr. Yoast, I have a question that bothers me lately, the question is: Which one is good for SEO: have our single page title click able or not click able like yours, by the way if you don’t get what I mean (sorry for my English), let me get this straight:

    Which one is the best for SEO, this one (for single.php):

    <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a>

    Or this one:

    <?php the_title(); ?>

    best regards

    Dean

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