Interviewed on SEO 101

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…

WP-cron not working?

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…

rel=canonical – Canonical URL links

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…

Fix Automatic Plugin Update

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…

WordPress SEO Video

Note: this video is rather old. While a lot of what I cover is still true, I have since released a WordPress SEO plugin and a Video SEO plugin that you might want to check out. I spoke at A4UExpo London last year and will be speaking at the upcoming A4UExpo Amsterdam. One of the…

WordPress PHPXref – PHP Cross Reference

If you’re coding in PHP a lot, PHPXref is one of the coolest tools available. It allows you to browse large portions of source code, and find where functions, variables and constants are defined and referenced. As the PHPXref of WordPress I used to use isn’t available anymore, I decided a couple of weeks ago…

Tweetbacks for WordPress

For those who you who’ve been following me on Twitter (if you don’t, it’s about time, I’m @jdevalk!), the fact that I was working on a Tweetbacks plugin for WordPress is no news. We’ve just officially made the announcement on SmashingMagazine, so go read how to implement it there and install Tweetbacks for WordPress on…

WordPress plugin competition

Win a Macbook Air! We’re going to start 2009 with a bang! Read on to see why you shouldn’t be missing this chance to win a Macbook Air. In the last part of 2008, I’ve been working with the guys at sunshine.co.uk. I’ve worked with many a travel company in my years in online marketing,…

Plugins updates for 2.7 and more

I’ve upgraded four plugins last night. Let me list them here one by one and what I’ve fixed: Google Analytics for WordPressTested with 2.7 and changed the explanation about the account ID. SociableFixed an annoying custom field bug that would sometimes make duplicate custom field entries, and made sure the code was really working, so…

WP 2.7 fun: complete hcards

WordPress 2.7 has an awesome new thing: it turns the comments into hCards by default. An hCard is the microformat version of a vcard, which, with microformat extensions for your browser, you can then save the data of those commenters in your address book. For instance, with the Safari microformats plugin, this looks like this:…