The SEO Framework is a WordPress SEO plugin. It was created for a WordPress environment much like WordPress.com. This means it’s built with users in mind who want to focus on getting their website ready in an enterprise-like and stable environment, without a hassle, without SEO knowledge needed, and without advertisements.
About the creator, Sybre Waaijer
When I first started with WordPress, I noticed how unfair hosting companies could treat us, and how ill-prepared they are for WordPress. So, I set up my own hosting environment. With this, I’m now a server administrator, a database manager, a theme builder, full-time support agent, and a full-stack WordPress plugin developer, etc. etc.
I automated every aspect of the WordPress hosting environment. One of these automations was a plugin for SEO. This plugin gained popularity on WPMUdev, and eventually, it was shipped to WordPress.org, where it attracted over 70,000 users to this date.
While embracing the WordPress.org community, I soon noticed how unfair some plugin authors treat you, and I’ll always stay clear of such dubious practices. In fact, I challenge those plugin authors by implementing superb reiterations of theirs and new features of my own.
All this helped The SEO Framework get where it is today. And I love every aspect of it.
While being very much in line with WordPress’ philosophy, we do have some things to add.
Never release with bugs
It’s unethical to use your users’ professional working environment as testing facilities. So, I’ll never bring you software that has known bugs. I know I value my code quality more than you could ever care about your website. With that, you can expect software from me that works perfectly every time. I’m still human and could’ve overlooked things, which is where minor releases come in.
No nonsensical features
With The SEO Framework, I focus completely on technical SEO. With this, only peer-reviewed improvements or otherwise improvements verified by Google will be implemented. I strive to implement every new feature seamlessly, without obstructing the workflow of the user.
Help every user
Answering a support inquiry can take anywhere from ten minutes to two hours. I don’t always do this with full anticipation, but I do know that users bring me new perspectives. I know I could’ve overlooked things, and I know I could’ve done things better. This is why being present at every inquiry is of utmost importance, especially as a developer.
Prevent support inquiries
Now, I won’t send you through hoops, so I can avoid talking to you; support must and will remain very accessible. Instead, I try to perfect the software to a point that you won’t ever need to inquire support. This is done by implementing clear and well-worded instructions near each setting and by warning you in time when something could go wrong. Therefore, although our products gain popularity in great numbers, the support inquiries go down in relatively great numbers with every release.
Rules when writing code
As a WordPress plugin developer, I know incompatibilities with other plugins are a burden. To alleviate (and, in extent, prevent) this, I set certain rules. Furthermore, I believe it’s important that our software can be used on enterprise-like websites, which is already the case.
- First and foremost, conform to Google’s best practices.
- Always use the WordPress API when storing or retrieving information.
- Focus on lightning-fast code over readability.
- Plan features ahead of time.
- Never lock out features or trim functionality for the sake of monetization.
I believe you shouldn’t pay more for than what you need. The price you pay for our complete extension package is really the market-price for just one extension. If you happen to use more than one extension, you’ll be even better off. Now, our pricing is for the western countries. I understand that not every country is as wealthy as in the west. Nevertheless, if you don’t do anything awry to Google, I know you’ll get your investment back on our premium services, regardless of your country’s GDP. Albeit fixing an issue found by Monitor, writing more natural with more synonyms that are delivered by Focus, or exposing your business via Local. Much more will come, too, without additional costs.