WordPress Themes

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, »

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New design (and submitting for a contest)!

13 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 35 Comments

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 »

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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

New layout, coming soon!

12 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

So in between all the work on Tweetbacks, the new design for yoast.com is shaping up nicely. It’s extremely funny, and I love it even when working with a bit longer. It’s a whole lot lighter than the current one, which is a bit dark to my liking, and it’s a lot more me. I’ve »

Category: Announcements

FeedBurner subscription show-off revisited

21 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

A couple of months back I blogged about how to show off your FeedBurner subscribers. In the comments then, a couple of people told me the code didn’t work for them. After a few back and forths I found out those people were on FeedBurner’s new servers, the Google ones. This new server actually has »

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Styling the intro paragraph

21 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

A few weeks back (actually 18 days), @karelgeenen asked me on Twitter how he could bold the text above the <!–more–> tag in WordPress, like the Dutch site Marketingfacts (which is actually built in Expression Engine). I didn’t know back then and this afternoon I decided to try and solve it for him. It turned »

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WP 2.7 fun: complete hcards

13 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

WordPress 2.7 has an awesome new thing: it turns the comments into hCards by default. An hCard is the microformat version of a vcard, which, with microformat extensions for your browser, you can then save the data of those commenters in your address book. For instance, with the Safari microformats plugin, this looks like this: »

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WordPress functions to supercharge your Theme!

2 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

WordPress is well known for its plugins and themes, but not enough people know and love what you can do in your themes functions.php. Chris Pearson showed his love for them back in May, and he did a great job of explaining how you can bring your own functions.php file to each and every theme »

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10 Checks to the Perfect WordPress theme

30 September 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 102 Comments

I’ve seen it happen so often. People have a great blog, and at some point, they decide they need a new look and feel. They then decide to either buy one or use one of the free themes available at wordpress.org. There’s a couple of things they’ll look at, usually in the order: layout / »

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Using actions in your WordPress themes

11 August 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

At some point, every major theme developer wants to do “specific” things in his theme(s). Either you want to add specific images, need several meta’s per post or you want to move some of the “utils” like edit this post around. I’ll be blogging a bit about the several things I do in my theme »

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