New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

Yesterday, while working on a project for Springer Uitgeverij, I was amazed to find out there is no simple RSS Shortcode plugin, that simply allows you to do this: And then that would show the feed you’d specified. Well, now there is: the RSS Shortcode plugin. It looks like this, when functioning (with excerpts set…

Sociable 3.3 with awe.sm integration

I’ve just released Sociable 3.3 which comes with a very cool new feature: awe.sm integration. Awe.sm is a URL shortener. Free for those with an account (it’s in private beta right now), and then it uses awe.sm, but for $100 you get a URL shortener on your OWN domain! Now I happened to have a…

Hosting your JS at Google

While in a previous post I talked about WordPress database optimization, with this post I intend to show you how to improve your sites performance a bit more by hosting your javascripts with Google. This only works if you’re using jQuery, prototype or another library that is supported by Google’s AJAX Librararies API. While those…

What are “custom taxonomies”?

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…

WordPress MU development, I love it!

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 :)…

On WPWeekly Episode 48!

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!

Optimizing WordPress database performance

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,…

Winner of the SunPress competition!

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…

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…