The Rise of Negative SEO

Ah, Google. … Where to start?

OK, let’s start here: There’s a lot of craziness happening in Google’s search results lately. Some of it seems to possibly be related to some algorithm changes that were made recently, but some of it seems more deeply rooted than recent changes.

It’s hard to say why certain things are happening, and it may sound preposterous, but I would guess that even Google itself doesn’t know why some of it is happening.


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10 Things That The Distraction Free Editor Doesn’t Get Right

I write on average 3-4 blog posts a day – perhaps 3,000 words. I spend a lot of time in WordPress. So finding the optimal solution for blog post writing is pretty important to me.

With that in mind, yesterday I gave you 3 Reasons Why I Use The Distraction Free Editor (And Why You Should Too). Although I consider the distraction free editor (or DFE) to be a far superior option to the visual editor, that does not make it perfect. Far from it in fact – the distraction free editor comes with its own unique set of bugs and flaws.

10 Things That The Distraction Free Editor Doesn't Get Right

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Blogging with WordPress, really?

Did you know that WordPress used to be a – wait for it – blogging platform? Not a CMS, not an alternative for the mammoth sites of today, but a blog platform. Some will call it the good old days, which would be a lie wrapped in cuddly pink nostalgia fluff. Because let’ get something straight right away: WordPress has never been as good as it is today.

Again: WordPress has never been as good as it is today.

Yet there still are competitors, and new ones appear every now and then. What’s up with that?

Doom & Gloom

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3 Reasons Why I Use The Distraction Free Editor (And Why You Should Too)

The distraction free editor is something you can easily miss altogether as a WordPress user. After all, it is accessed only by a rather subtle button on the visual editor toolbar.

And if you do hit that button, it is not immediately obvious why you might choose to use it as a genuine alternative to the visual editor. In fact, its potentially overwhelming minimalism might immediately turn many people off.

3 Reasons Why I Use The Distraction Free Editor (And Why You Should Too)

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Should You Open Links In New Windows?

The WPMU DEV Facebook Page is a great resource (if I do say so myself). Not only do WPMU.org fans get the freshest posts delivered straight to their timeline, but we can ask questions relating to WordPress and get answers in moments.

According to some recent polls, most WPMU DEV fans have never had an active WordPress.com account (a question I asked to coincide with my recent WordPress.com vs self-hosted WordPress article). And 83% of you think Matt Mullenweg is a good guy (the other 17% are not so complimentary).
Get To The Point…

Should You Open Links In New Windows?

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Who Buys Who In The End?

What would be the equivalent of Facebook buying Instagram in the world of blogging platforms? This is seriously a thought I’ve been wrestling with for a little while now, which probably marks me as slightly more disturbed than most of you actually thought, the Editorial Overlord Monsters included. I don’t care, I get paid in chocolate kittens.

Credit cards mate!

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WordPress.com vs. Self-Hosted WordPress – What You Need To Know

When I was first starting out with WordPress, I was rather confused by the fact that there seemed to be two versions. I had previously built websites from scratch with Notepad and a FTP client, so the world of content management systems was new to me. And before I had even started – before I even had a particularly good understanding of what WordPress actually was – I had to make a choice.

WordPress.com vs. Self-Hosted WordPress - What You Need To Know

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Stop Writing Stupid Tutorials

I’m going to start you guys off with a quote today, signed the always excellent Konstantin Kovshenin:

Is it considered “cool” to copy/paste all my plugins into my theme’s functions.php file?

Now why would he write something like that? It is part of a paragraph (obviously) that makes fun of all these “paste this code into your theme’s functions.php file” tutorials out there. Sarcasm all around, and you all know how I love that shit. And irony, irony is also great fun. Ironing, not so much.


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The Great Plugin Backwards Compatibility Debate

Any seasoned WordPress plugin developer will tell you that life would be a lot easier if people kept their WordPress installations up to date. But unfortunately, it seems that the vast majority do not. So what is a plugin developer to do – should they spend considerable time making their plugins backwards compatible so that they can maximize their potential user base, or should they be more ruthless?

WordPress Versions

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It’s Time to Banish the Attitude of Entitlement

I’m no developer. The closest thing I’ve got to plugin development is designing a laughably simply little tool that allows you to embed links to pre-populated tweets within your blog posts (if you want to see how simple it really is, click here).

So I know very little about the hardships of being a plugin developer. But I know enough to have a rudimentary understanding of how difficult it is to produce even the simplest of plugins. And I also happen to know quite a few developers.
The State of Play


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