WordPress Hosting

Why you should avoid HostGator

10 October 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 265 Comments


Today I got a tweet from a user of WordPress SEO who had their site disabled by HostGator, without any prior notice. They said that while they had a cache plugin running, their caching wasn’t working, and HostGator blamed it on two plugins, our own WordPress SEO plugin and WordFence. Why would these plugins prevent caching? They »

Category: WordPress

The future of SEO plugins for WordPress

8 April 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 86 Comments


I find myself becoming more and more defensive of WordPress SEO plugins, my own in particular. When people make jokes about them I tend to get angry, which is perhaps a stupid reaction, but it made me think: why would people make jokes about them, are they that stupid? What does the future hold for »

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Why I Switched to Copyblogger’s Synthesis Managed WordPress Hosting

25 March 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 53 Comments

Last thursday, I migrated Yoast.com to Synthesis, the managed WordPress hosting platform operated by Copyblogger Media. Previously this site had been hosted on a VPS.net Cloud Server, which was rock solid as this site grew to almost a million pageviews per month. VPS.net is fast, affordable, provides good support, and I continue to recommend them. »

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VPS.net issues: what’s up and what will they do about it?

9 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 87 Comments

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When I posted my interview with Terry Myers about cloud hosting, I wasn’t really prepared for the backlash that would come in on that post. Quite a few people responded and a lot of them weren’t too happy. On top of that, there were several instances of downtime in both the AMS and several US »

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

1 September 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

Terry Myers of VPS.net talks about cloud hosting

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 »

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Why WordPress and some of my plugins require PHP 5.2

11 April 2011 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

WordPress 3.2 will require PHP 5.2 or higher, as a result of which I’ve decided that my WordPress SEO plugin, currently still in beta, will also require PHP 5.2 and I will probably start having the same requirements for future version of my other plugins. This saves me time coding and testing against a version »

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SEO Hosting

15 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 48 Comments

How bad hosting can lead to losing SEO rankings Downtime of your website can lead to vastly decreased performance in organic search. I’ve been saying this for years, and have had some small examples to show for it. Now though, I’ve got a great example that I wanted to share with you. The client in »

Category: General SEO

A reader story: One Project Closer

30 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 15 Comments

I got an email from Fred of One Project Closer this weekend, outlining how he had handled improving the load time of his blog, and I was so happy with it that I asked whether I could post it online, to which he graciously agreed. So you can now read it in full: Joost, I »

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W3 Total Cache and why you should be using it

9 June 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 112 Comments

So I think I’ve not said it enough yet: W3 Total Cache is the best caching plugin for WordPress out there at the moment. To illustrate, I’ve made a short video outlining how I usually set it up:   Hope you enjoy it and make sure to install W3 Total Cache on your site or »

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Small updates from me & my friends

8 May 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 19 Comments

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 »

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