WordPress Plugins

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

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

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, »

Category: WordPress

Winner of the SunPress competition!

18 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Finally, we’re pleased to announce the winner of our SunPress competition. We had a bounty of entries and after much debating we asked two of the entrants to go back and make their plug-ins a finished article. Our final winner is David Fiske, who developed SunPress Exchange – a very clever plug-in to take sunshine’s »

Category: General SEO

Interviewed on SEO 101

3 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

I was recently interviewed by Ross Dunn, one of the hosts of SEO 101 on Webmasterradio.fm. I thought it might be interesting for you too, so you can listen here or download the mp3 here. We discuss WordPress optimization at a pretty basic level, so for those just starting out with WordPress optimization this might »

Category: WordPress

WP-cron not working?

19 February 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 23 Comments

So when I moved to the (DV) server at MediaTemple, it turns out that my WP-Cron stopped working. I didn’t notice for a while, until I found out that the new version of Tweetbacks didn’t work for me anymore, and this was using wp-cron. The fix turned out to be very simple, after some debugging »

Category: WordPress

rel=canonical – Canonical URL links

12 February 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 228 Comments

Matt Cutts has just announced a new tag at SMX West Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have just announced a new link element, henceforth to be known as rel=canonical, which we can use to tell the search engines which URL it should have for the current page. This is probably best explained with an example, so »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

Fix Automatic Plugin Update

7 February 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 44 Comments

I recently moved from a MediaTemple Grid Server to a MediaTemple DV extreme, and in that move, I lost the ability to do automatic plugin updates, and it instead required me to enter my FTP info. As I use a gigantic amount of plugins, that becomes annoying very soon. So I decided to find out »

Category: WordPress