New layout, coming soon!

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…

FeedBurner subscription show-off revisited

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…

Styling the intro paragraph

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…

WP 2.7 fun: complete hcards

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:…

WordPress functions to supercharge your Theme!

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…

10 Checks to the Perfect WordPress theme

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 /…

Using actions in your WordPress themes

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…

My redesign: the homepage

Quite a few people have been e-mailing me how I managed to get my homepage design done in WordPress, especially with the different featured blocks. So, since this site is all about sharing, let me show you! This is all done in the index.php file of my theme. The first block, the intro, is just…

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…

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…