Blog Metrics 1.0

I finally found the time (while I should be doing other things) to upgrade my Blog Metrics plugin and release it for all of you to enjoy. It now shows the standard deviation on most metrics and comes with a widget!

Replacing plugins with template code: Gravatars

Lately I’ve been trying to reduce the number of plugins I’ve got loading to speed up my WordPress a bit, especially those plugins that do “stuff” in my theme. I’ve been replacing these plugins with template code, and this is the easiest fix I had so far: I replaced a 40k gravatar plugin with one…

Sociable update

I’ve updated Sociable last night, it now includes a few more social sites, mostly small ones, but also two big Spanish sites: Menéame and BarraPunto, the Spanish version of Digg and SlashDot. The best new addition is terribly simple but fun though, it’s the forward by email button you now see below this post too.…

WordPress 2.5 Plugin Settings Pages Style Guide

Fellow plugin authors beware! Your plugin settings pages might look pretty awful in WordPress 2.5′s new admin theme… Currently, I’m working on making all my plugins work and look good in it, and I had to do a bit of research. There’s a page on migrating plugins and themes on the WordPress codex, which can…

Putting nofollow back on links in comments

This blog has been a dofollow blog for quite a while, and I actually believe in the “fight spam, not comments” theory. However, the amount of spam I’m receiving this month, disguised as actual comments, is killing too much of my precious time. And since I think you’d all be better served when I have…

Looking for SEO aware WordPress developers

I’ll make it quick and easy: I’m getting too much requests for WordPress related work (plugins, themes, etc.). I don’t mind because I love to cherry pick, but I’d like to have a few people whom I could refer too. So please, if you’re a WordPress developer and you’re aware of SEO (hey, if you…

Move WordPress to a new domain in 10 easy steps!

A friend recently asked me how to move his blog, which is on /blog/ on his domain, to a new domain on its own. The steps to move WordPress are easy, but have to be taken in the right order to make sure you’re not annoying your users and the search engines. I know a…

WordPress plugins and SEO mailing list

I’ve decided to start a weekly mailing list on WordPress plugins and SEO, which will contain: Info on new cool plugins I’ve come across or have coded myself SEO tips for WordPress Speed optimization tips for WordPress Tips and tricks for increasing the conversation on and the community around your blog The tips and tricks…

A better SlideShare WordPress plugin

After doing my post about RIMC, I was kind of annoyed with the SlideShare plugins out there, as they had me change the default embed code, instead of just using it, so I’ve built a new SlideShare WordPress plugin. It allows you to set a default width as well, so it will automatically size all…

Sociable WordPress plugin take-over

Several people have noticed, most notably Andy Beard, that the Sociable WordPress plugin is, next to be being a cool plugin, kind of a dead project. I had modified it quite a bit for Mel’s blog, and my own later on, to include Sphinn, Facebook, Mixx, Google Bookmarks, Live and Twitter (the latter inspired by…