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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 »

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WP 2.7 fun: complete hcards

13 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

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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

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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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Replacing plugins with template code: Gravatars

13 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

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 »

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Speed up WordPress, and clean it up too!

21 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 110 Comments

Every once in a while people will ask me to fix their blog, because it’s either slow, or broken. When it’s not something to do with their WordPress hosting, (some hosts are just plain bad and slow), most of the time this is caused by either broken plugins, or broken themes. There are a few »

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Adding a description to your categories

21 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Robbert mailed me today asking with which template tags I used to make the description show up on my category pages. Well, first of all, you can add a description to your categories under Manage → Categories: If you press the edit button there you can edit them like this: The description is what we’ll »

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WordPress theming: pushing trackbacks down

4 July 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

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I was playing around with my comments section as I wanted to style trackbacks differently from “normal” comments, and while playing around, I decided to just bump them down. The problem with the trackbacks was that they were interfering with the comment discussion. And as I want to keep that discussion as lively as possible, »

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