Quick WP Tip: Conditional Thickbox loading

Another quick tip to help you optimize your site: sometimes you want to load one or more images in a post in a nice Thickbox or Lightbox. But in most cases, you don’t need to load these scripts, wouldn’t it be cool if you could load these scripts only when you want them to load?…

WordPress Debug Theme

Warning: major geekery ahead! Sometimes you need to see what’s wrong with a WordPress install, and you need to see it fast. I’ve had a set of hacks around for a while to do that, but finally started combining it into a WordPress Debug Theme. This theme is quite simple for now, as it only…

Quick WP Tip: pagination classes

One of my colleagues was working on a site for a client of ours, and needed to apply styling to the previous and next post link. As in most of our sites we use Lester Chan‘s excellent wp-pagenavi plugin so I dove into that to check how I could style it. Turns out Lester is…

Multilingual and Multi Domain Sites in WordPress

One of the things we’re doing more and more of recently is building multilingual, multi domain corporate sites in WordPress. Doing that used to be a fair amount of work, but we’ve been able to make it a lot simpler lately. We start the process with a simple WordPress MU install, to which we then…

Remove Smilies, once and for all

One of the most annoying features ever in WordPress is the “feature” to convert smilies into images of smileys, MSN style. Where lots of stuff like this is dismissed these days as “plugin territory”, this annoying feature has been in WP since 0.71… Anyway, sometimes you’ll want to disable this feature from within your theme,…

On the GPL, Themes, Plugins & Free.

So, we’ve finally got an official word on this, the one sentence summary by Matt reads: PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, artwork and CSS may be but are not required. Ok, so that’s the final truth, because the Software Freedom Law Center (who are of course absolutely NOT partial in this, even though…

StudioPress and Yoast kick it off together

This is quite big news for me, and for OrangeValley Projects, the development side of OrangeValley that we’ve been starting up over the last few months. In short: Brian Gardner, of StudioPress and Revolution fame, and myself, have decided to partner up, to provide better SEO’d themes to StudioPress customers. Brian is the one who…

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,…

New design (and submitting for a contest)!

For all your lurkers in the RSS feed who haven’t come out in the last week, and I know there’s quite a few of you, there’s a new design waiting for you if you click the link! I’m also, with this post, submitting this design to the WP WebHost Best WordPress Design Award contest in…

WordPress SEO Video

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…