In line with Google’s announcement that a site’s ranking will greatly be affected if the blog template used is not mobile ready, I had no choice but to adapt to the new requirement.

I bid farewell to my MagOnWoord WordPress theme and chose to use the Flat WordPress theme as my new one.

It looks cleaner, more spacious and yes, I decided to place a logo for this blog since the feature can easily be set and/or removed.

I hope there won’t be requirements in the future anymore that may affect this blog and force me to change it again. Changing themes ain’t easy. Not when I maintain 5 blogs in total.

Then again, the Internet evolves quickly. So who knows. For now, this will be my blog’s permanent WordPress theme.

antispam_beeI finally found a good WordPress anti-spam plugin that is free and does not get affected by caching plugins. Try to look for anti-spam plugins int he WordPress admin console and the first few results given to you are not really free.

Sure, they list it as free but once you start using it, it gets problematic and they do not really work flawlessly. Later on, you will find out that the free version is actually crap and you need to buy the license in order to get the plugin working.

Antispam Bee however, is TOTALLY free and straightforward. Just add, install and activate. That’s it!

The plugin itself has quite a number of options to make it flexible according to your choosing. However, if you want to go for the default settings, they still work the way you want it to: block unnecessary comments.

Even if you are using caching plugins it won’t get affected.

Easy and extremely productive spam-fighting plugin with many sophisticated solutions. Try it!

wordpress_hexThis was a mess. I did not expect WordPress 3.8 to slow down my blog site. As in literally! The admin console takes too long to load and so do my blog posts.

I tried to look in the web for a solution but it seems people are blaming the hosting provider or possible WordPress plugins. Unbelievable!

Everything was in good condition until I pressed that update button. And it is quite a hassle downgrading so it totally sucks. If you have not upgraded to WordPress 3.8, DON’T!!!

Sure, the visuals look appealing but who surfs the web in their phones in the first place? Just go download the WordPress app.

If you upgrade to WordPress 3.8, it will be hell for you. Load time is slow and you will see connection timed out messages quite often especially while you compose a new post.

Now my monetization chances are getting slimmer because if the advertiser sees your site as loading at a snail pace, they will ignore your website.

So if you are still with version 3.7, stick with it! It won’t hurt you.

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