WordPress Plugins

We have built and maintain quite a few WordPress plugins, read the latest on those plugins and other WordPress plugins here!

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 WestHost buddy, Nick Nelson, who found it while working on optimizing a site on Tehran News. The »

Category: WordPress

Using a CDN for your WordPress blog

6 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 151 Comments

Yoast.com uses the MaxCDN WordPress CDN service. When I started using this, the speed improvement was mind boggling. Before, I could only get the front page of this site to load in about 7 seconds, measured by Pingdom, (check here, f/i). Now, the front page loads in about 1.1 second, and sometimes even less… You »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

Sociable 3.3 with awe.sm integration

16 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 33 Comments

I’ve just released Sociable 3.3 which comes with a very cool new feature: awe.sm integration. Awe.sm is a URL shortener. Free for those with an account (it’s in private beta right now), and then it uses awe.sm, but for $100 you get a URL shortener on your OWN domain! Now I happened to have a »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

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 »

Category: General SEO

WordPress MU development, I love it!

27 May 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 19 Comments

At OrangeValley, we’re currently working on migrating a large Dutch blog network over from it’s own proprietary system to a WordPress Multi User install, one of our more serious WordPress MU development projects. There’s quite a few things about WordPress MU that I like, but what I like most is, well, that’s it’s WordPress :) »

Category: WordPress

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:

Category: WordPress

On WPWeekly Episode 48!

31 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

I was a guest on WPWeekly Episode 48 last saturday, where we discussed a lot of things WordPress, WordPress SEO, etc. It was fun being on with Jeff Chandler and David Peralty, and I think you’ll enjoy the interview, so go listen to it, like, now!

Category: WordPress