WordPress Plugins

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

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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

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 »

Category: WordPress

Tweetbacks for WordPress

9 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

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 »

Categories: Usability & Conversion, WordPress

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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