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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, »

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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 »

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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 »

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WordPress SEO Video

27 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 83 Comments

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 »

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WordPress PHPXref – PHP Cross Reference

24 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 14 Comments

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 »

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WordPress plugin competition

5 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 28 Comments

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, »

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WP 2.7 fun: complete hcards

13 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

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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: »

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Disabling the update nag in WordPress

26 November 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 29 Comments

WordPress’ core update nag is quite the useful thing, I’ll usually know before it shows that there’s an update, but a lot of people won’t. If you don’t know what I mean with core update nag, it’s this thing: The issue is that this thing doesn’t only show to you, it shows to all users »

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SEO Plugin for WordPress

21 September 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

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Just a short note, to let you know that next Wednesday, I’ll be releasing an SEO plugin for WordPress. It’s not the life changing best plugin ever, no, it’s a reasonably small thing, that will make your post slugs much cleaner, and do so automatically. Now here’s the funny thing. There’s only one way to »

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Improved WordPress Breadcrumbs

22 August 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

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Update: our breadcrumbs plugin has been succeeded by the Yoast SEO plugin. Check out this free plugin, which has even cooler WordPress breadcrumbs! I love how open source works. I released an early version of my breadcrumbs plugin, and I got some great feedback from all of you here on the blog and in the blogosphere! For »

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