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Plugin Compatibility data now crowdsourced

27 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

One of the things Mark Jaquith and I talked about when Mark was on Press This a month back, in the episode aptly titled the Future of WordPress, was that Automattic would be adding a way for people to indicate whether a certain plugin was working for them or not, regardless of what the plugins »

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WordPress Debug Theme

14 October 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 49 Comments

Warning: major geekery ahead! Sometimes you need to see what’s wrong with a WordPress install, and you need to see it fast. I’ve had a set of hacks around for a while to do that, but finally started combining it into a WordPress Debug Theme. This theme is quite simple for now, as it only »

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Analytics360° – Google Analytics in your Dashboard

15 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 87 Comments

I’ve been doing some changes to how the WordPress newsletter gets sent out recently, and one of those changes was because I have switched to using MailChimp. I was getting sick of Aweber after some issues, and when the folks from MailChimp decided to advertise on my blog I contacted them. So now, MailChimp is »

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Holy cow… 1 million downloads

8 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 88 Comments

This is so humbling… I just logged in to my Mint installation, to see that the combined total downloads for my plugins on WordPress.org have crossed 1 million… Check the screenshot:

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SmushIt for WordPress

8 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 51 Comments

There are plugins for WordPress that are just too good to be true sometimes. One of my all time favourite coders, Alex Dunae, has written a plugin called WP Smush.it. I was pointed at this plugin by my buddy, Nick Nelson, who found it while working on optimizing a site on Tehran News. The plugin »

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On the GPL, Themes, Plugins & Free.

2 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 44 Comments

So, we’ve finally got an official word on this, the one sentence summary by Matt reads: PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required. Ok, so that’s the final truth, because the Software Freedom Law Center (who are of course absolutely NOT partial in this, even though »

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New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

Yesterday, while working on a project for Springer Uitgeverij, I was amazed to find out there is no simple RSS Shortcode plugin, that simply allows you to do this: And then that would show the feed you’d specified. Well, now there is: the RSS Shortcode plugin. It looks like this, when functioning (with excerpts set »

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Hosting your JS at Google

16 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

While in a previous post I talked about WordPress database optimization, with this post I intend to show you how to improve your sites performance a bit more by hosting your javascripts with Google. This only works if you’re using jQuery, prototype or another library that is supported by Google’s AJAX Librararies API. While those »

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What are “custom taxonomies”?

8 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 32 Comments

WordPress, with version 2.3, introduced the concept of Tags. As described by Wikipedia, a tag is “a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information”. This meant WordPress had a hierarchical way of classifying information (categories), and a non hierarchical way of classifying information. As far back as in 2006, people were discussing »

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40 WordPress Optimisation tips

29 April 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 147 Comments

I presented on A4UExpo Europe yesterday on WordPress Optimisation, doing 40 tips in 40 minutes. Here are the slides:

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