Published 16 February 2021
I noticed that I got a lot of visitors from countries that are the closest to my origin. My domain is with a .nl-TLD, and now I want to see if there could be a positive ranking impact for worldwide reach when I change it to the .com-TLD. Let's dive into it!
Published 28 January 2021
After using Laravel Forge for years, it is time to look for something different. I came across Ploi, which offered more features that I wanted to use. But, how did I migrate my servers to Ploi?
Published 12 January 2021
We made a plugin for WordPress that lets you add the That's Why Real User Monitoring snippet to your website. Want to know how you can install Real User Monitoring on your WordPress website. Then this post is for you!
Published 21 December 2020
2020, the year I started sharing more and more tips/tricks, used techniques, and other information. Most posts are more technical, but this one will be a personal post. Also, it's the first time I look back at last year. It was a strange year, so let's start!
Published 09 December 2020
Since 14 October 2020, Google disabled its page actions feature in Search Console. This means that it's not possible to request (re)indexing anymore until future notice. But what can you do to speed up the indexing process of your website or webpages?
Published 11 November 2020
Yes, it's true. The Core Web Vitals will become part of the ranking factors for Google's Search Result. Google is announcing Core Web Vitals will become ranking signals in May 2021 in an update that will also combine existing UX-related signals.
Published 04 November 2020
Since Inertia.js is working on the client-side and making "inertia"-request it doesn't trigger a new page load. That's why Jonathan, the creator of Inertia.js, made the event system.
Published 28 October 2020
The time of the year has come, the holiday season. It is a few months where a lot of traffic comes to your site, but how do you convert visitors into customers? In this post, I'll give you some technical opportunities to prepare your webshop for the Black Friday sale.
Published 24 October 2020
When you search online for Real User Monitoring you'll see a lot of companies that offer the RUM service. But where do you start when searching for the solution you need. In this post, I'll list the different solutions there are on the market.
Published 20 September 2020
For some projects, we use Google Drive (in combination with a personal @gmail.com account or G Suite account) as a storage provider in Laravel projects. In this post, I'll show how you can set up Google Drive as a storage disk via the Laravel filesystem.
Published 17 September 2020
We didn't expect that the project ever reached this milestone, so we stored all the images on the server itself. After around 2 years the monitoring service told us we had around 180GB of images stored in the project. But why are we now moving the images to s3 instead of local storage?
Published 11 September 2020
Published 09 September 2020
Want to know how to set up a Laravel SaaS boilerplate with one command?
Published 08 September 2020
Every 6 months there is an upgrade to the Laravel framework. To keep up to date with the latest version I've created a flow for our projects on how to upgrade to the latest Laravel release.
Published 08 September 2020
Some projects have nice terminal art, for example the name of the project. So how can you make this yourself?
Published 07 September 2020
Apps and websites on iOS can autocomplete one time codes sent via SMS. But how can you implement this on your website?
Published 03 September 2020
Since the latest Google update about Web Vitals, search trends show an interest in optimizing real user experience. In this post, I'll explain what Real User Monitoring is and how you can use it.
Published 17 August 2020
De laatste jaren maak ik veelal gebruik van verschillende oplossingen, om op een eenvoudige manier je klanten de facturen uit Moneybird te laten betalen maak ik gebruik van Mollie.
Published 05 August 2020
For a few days, Facebook Messenger let guests chat with your embedded chat window. This also enables users without a Facebook account to chat with you on your website.
Published 27 July 2020
Since last week (22 July 2020) there is a featured snippet linking to my blog when people search on Google. Since then I've seen url's that contain "#~:text=" in the URL. What's this about?
Published 23 July 2020
To limit the size of files being between our servers we chunk them before sending over the internet. The servers will make more requests but the it's easier to retry the smaller chunks than a full 50GB file.
Published 11 July 2020
Every wanted to make a custom error page for Laravel Signed Route?
Published 03 July 2020
De laatste tijd hebben wij veel automatisering doorgevoerd voor de klanten, waaronder verwerken van UBL facturen. Maar hoe weet je nu of Moneybird de facturen kan herkennen?
Published 28 June 2020
Some projects are made with Wordpress and contain information about Job Posting. To get these pages sooner in the Google index I use Rank Math with the "Wordpress Instant Indexing Plugin". Want to know how you can set up this plugin? I explain more about it in this post!
Published 03 June 2020
This is a topic that's a bit difficult to explain and what is "a lot of visitors". In this post I tried to explain how we (in the projects I've been working on) setup our applications to handle millions of visitors every month.
Published 13 May 2020
This list contains some extra (security) headers for sites/servers you deploy using Laravel Forge.
Published 11 May 2020
Little inline caches for when a method is called multiple times within a request and don't want to "re-compute" that value.
Published 15 April 2020
User agents can support the "enterkeyhint" attribute on form controls.
Published 08 April 2020
Large or long-lived applications can have this issue, a huge list of migration files that were created more than a few years ago. These will never change again and are slowing down your tests. How can you improve this?
Published 02 April 2020
Just a reminder for myself. Fix your commit messages if they contain misspelled words...
Published 20 March 2020
Almost all the projects I work on are built on Laravel. For those projects, I needed a simple way to index pages inside Google. Let's make this with Google Indexing API.
Published 18 March 2020
I don't want to enable xdebug for my normal PHPUnit test but only for the coverage report. Therefor I made a shortcut.
Published 07 January 2020
By the end of September 2019, I challenged myself to get a website to a 100 score in Lighthouse. But why is this important?
Published 17 December 2019
Voor een aantal webshops, welke facturen versturen via Moneybird nadat er een succesvolle betaling is gedaan, had ik een probleem waarbij de eindklanten vragen stelde over een ontvangen factuur. "Waarom krijg ik een factuur met een te betalen bedrag erop terwijl ik net heb betaald via iDEAL?".
Published 04 December 2019
As mentioned in my previous blogpost, "Composer dependencies up-to-date?", I continue with the automated composer checks. This time I took a look at Sensiolabs security checker.
Published 03 December 2019
As you all know, it's really important to keep all your composer dependencies up-to-date. Laravel has a weekly release, so here are a few ways to check how you can do this!
Published 02 December 2019
Some of the websites I made don't need to be updated very often, but they receive in some periods a lot of traffic within minutes. To make the website faster and reduce the number of database queries executed I want my CDN (in this case, Cloudflare) to cache those static pages for 5 minutes.
Published 28 November 2019
I want my site to show as robindirksen.nl and not www.robindirksen.nl in the search results or any other place, but how do you handle the removal of www in your application so you don't lose your visitors?
Published 25 November 2019
The most important and used endpoints on most of the application I work on is the API. These are both public as internal API's. After we disabled the HTTP sessions for the API endpoints we saw a stability improvement.
Published 23 November 2019
Sometimes people don't link to the secure (https) version of your site, this can be an old link or the user who placed the link is just lazy to add the extra character.
Published 23 November 2019
I've discovered an unwanted behaviour in one of my projects. This was not used to be so, Google indexed a url with index.php in it and gave a duplicate canonical notification.
Published 23 November 2019
When you have Laravel Valet installed on your Mac and uses the Sharing feature from MacOS there will be a program running on port 88. It's an authentication method connected to AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) or SMB (Samba) file sharing. To disable it, you have to disable the sharing features on your mac.