WordPress Themes


Video backgrounds suck and should be banned from your website

26 November 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 29 Comments

Ask Yoast case study: renting holiday home

“I just love those video backgrounds and we need them on our new website.” No, you don’t. “They are so engaging and set a friendly mood.” No, they don’t. “It’s an amazing new feature and it helps conversion.” No, it doesn’t. Besides that, the conversation is annoying me. Video backgrounds suck big time. Our good »

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Ask Yoast: Not much above the fold in Twenty Seventeen?

2 June 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Ask Yoast: multiple extensions of a domain

“Above the fold” is a term originating from newspaper and tabloid design. It refers to the upper half of the paper that shows the most important news and photos of the newspaper. In web design “above the fold” means the part that you can see without scrolling down the page. Guidelines often state that your most »

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Sliders suck and should be banned from your website

28 March 2017 by Michiel Heijmans » - 40 Comments

should i use sliders or carousels

Two years ago, we wrote about why we really don’t like sliders. We still don’t like sliders. If your theme forces you to include a slider (also named carousels) on your homepage, please realize that it’s making you use a feature that has no value for SEO. A feature that is probably slowing down your site »

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How to find the perfect WordPress theme

10 March 2017 by Edwin Toonen » - 38 Comments

The perfect WordPress theme

We’ve seen it happen so often. You have a great blog, and at some point, you decide to go for a new look and feel. There are a couple of things you’ll look at, usually in the order: layout / look and feel, usability, and optionally, room for advertising. If the theme meets your needs in »

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How to reduce HTTP requests to speed up your WordPress site

4 November 2016 by Jimmy Comack » - 24 Comments

Reduce http requests

Having a website, online shop or blog that’s fast is a must nowadays. A fast website doesn’t only give your visitors a much better experience, but it also helps your website to rank. Sending fewer HTTP requests to the server can improve the loading times of your website. But why is that? What are HTTP »

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Headings and why you should use them

18 August 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 33 Comments

why heading use is important

Heading tags, as the name implies, are tags that are used for the creations of headings. The most important tag is the <h1> heading tag, and will usually be the title of a post. Heading tags have a top-down hierarchy from <h1> to <h6>. This post just had to be written. Somehow we often have »

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Recent posts and comments for WordPress

2 December 2014 by Michiel Heijmans » - 19 Comments

blog post comments

When I was writing the chapter about internal links for our ebook, I also mentioned Recent Posts and Recent Comments. But these subjects were mentioned only very briefly. It seems so logical to add these for any blog, that it didn’t seem necessary to use more than a page to explain these. But if it »

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Regular security audits: taking our responsibility

4 August 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 24 Comments

wordpress security must read article by yoast

Today, we’re announcing that we have partnered with Sucuri, in the interest of pro-actively securing our plugins. As our plugins run on more and more sites, we have a responsibility towards our users and the web at large to make sure that we do our utmost to make sure our code doesn’t make them vulnerable.* We’ve »

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WordPress Themes by Yoast

11 February 2014 by Joost de Valk » - 73 Comments

 Notice: We’ve discontinued our themes, as explained in this post. It’s done! The WordPress Themes by Yoast are now finally available. This project has been over a year in the making. When Mijke joined Yoast in September 2012, we decided it’d be a good plan to use her design skills and our knowledge about optimizing WordPress »

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Standardising WordPress theme hooks

20 June 2013 by Joost de Valk » - 16 Comments

I’ve been working on integrating our SEO plugins more deeply with Genesis the last few weeks and something dawned on me. Ever since I wrote my post on Genesis 2.0, I’ve been thinking: Genesis started a small revolution, but we should open that up. More theme developers should start doing a Schema.org API and if »

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