Dev Blog

Welcome to the dev blog, where you can find articles on subject matters such as WordPress code, a11y, Gutenberg and all other things related to programming.

The social WordCamp US

23 December 2015 |

Post: Compared to many other IT-related conferences, WordCamps have always been slightly less technical. Not as focused on writing code as many others are. Over the years I’ve learned this may have something to do with the way our community is built. The WordPress community is not as homogeneous as others. It consists of developers, designers, …

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Saving time with git hooks

14 December 2015 |

Post: Git hooks are small executable scripts that provide a way to trigger actions on different points in a git workflow. At Yoast we've found multiple use cases, including regeneration of autoloading classmap, codestyle checks and asset minification.

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GitHub labels for better workflows

2 December 2015 |

Post: One of the tasks I took on this year is crunching through the GitHub issue tracker of Yoast SEO. Much of it was to organize and improve how GitHub labels shape the issue tracker workflows. In a large and long running open source project issues have a life of their own. It’s a challenge to keep a clear picture …

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Road to Yoast SEO 3.0

18 November 2015 | 28 Comments |

Post: It all started long, long ago in a town far, far away (from most of you) when Joost came up with a major improvement for our Yoast SEO plugin. “Imagine”, he said, “imagine that you’d no longer have to wait for your post to be finished and saved to analyze the content. Imagine that changes …

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Composer in Yoast projects

11 November 2015 |

Post: Earlier this year I implemented the Composer dependency manager support in Yoast projects. In recent years I spent a lot of time to explore and promote the use of Composer in the WordPress ecosystem in general. Implementing Composer in Yoast plugins is a great example of its success with WordPress projects, deployed on a widest possible …

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YoastSEO.js design decisions

4 November 2015 |

Post: In the upcoming 3.0 release of Yoast SEO (for WordPress), we’re moving the entire content analysis from the server to the client side. This way our users can get instant feedback on the content they’re writing, while they’re writing it. In the past six months we’ve been working hard on a JavaScript library called YoastSEO.js …

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Yoast SEO: Developer Beta

8 October 2015 |

Post: Today we’re releasing a developer beta for the upcoming release of Yoast SEO for WordPress, containing the long anticipated real time content analysis functionality. The release is provisionally scheduled for november 2nd and will include native support for shortcodes. At the same time we had to break backwards compatibility for multiple filters. That means we really …

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Adding a Pinned Tab icon for Safari

2 October 2015 |

Post: With the release of Mac OS X 10.11, Safari finally got pinned tabs. While all other browsers use a site’s favicon for the pinned tab, Apple deemed that “not esthetically pleasing enough” and created a new type of icon for it, which they call a “mask-icon”. By default, they’ll use the first letter of your domain …

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