It has been quite some time since I last logged onto my WordPress. Today, I just happened to came in to take a look, so there are a few plugins and the WordPress version to be upgraded.
The first thing I knew I had to do is to upgrade my WordPress version to 4.3 (latest), to ensure the security flaws and bugs are fixed. Below are some of the new stuffs that comes along with this version.
- Formatting Shortcuts while using visual editor.
- Use * or – to start an unordered list.
- Use 1. or 1) to start an ordered list.
- Use ## for H2 and ### for H3 (etc, through H6).
- Use > to transform text into blockquote.
- All new pages that you create will have comments turned off by default.
- Menus can now be managed with the Customizer, which allows you to see “live” preview changes without changing your site for visitors until you are ready.
- Customizer improvements including enhanced accessibility, smoother menu creation and location assignment, and the ability to handle nameless menus.
- Take control of another piece of your site with the Site Icon feature. You can now manage your site’s favicon and app icon from the Admin area.
- Customize link added in the toolbar to swiftly make changes to your site.
- Better Passwords. Password field will be automatically filled with a strong password, while adding new users and resetting the password.
More information can be found here.
I have to admit honestly that I have been neglecting this blog site of mine, for probably one of the longest time. Come to think of it, when I first started blogging here back in 2007, I was making 20-30 posts a month – which was significant, compared to now (1-2 blog posts per month). However, I continue to keep my policy of ensuring a post is being made a month without fail, for the last 7 years. This record remains intact.
Most of the posts are of not great value, but I find it fun writing them. However, this is not entirely true for all, as I do notice some significant traffic driven to certain posts that I never knew would actually be of interest of the public. Let’s have a look at the top posts over the last one year.
Well, it has been an extremely long time since I blog on my site, and I absolutely feel guilty about it. I am still trying really hard to keep to my commitment to have at least a post written every month. So far, I have kept that record intact since August 2007.
With some time now, I thought of running some regular updates on my WordPress software, upgrading it to version 4.1. Then, I realized that there were several other plugins to be upgraded as well. Taking this opportunity, I simply proceed to write a short blog.
I really do need to keep up with my habit of writing my blog, only then it will keep my interest going. So, hopefully, you (my readers) may get to see more interesting stuffs coming along the way. In the meantime, it’s preparation for Christmas Day in 2014!
This week, I decided to review my current site to see what are the top posts that visitors have been accessing. Quite stunning result, yet not surprising, the home page is ranked 4th on the list of most views. Below are the top 3 posts:
- NSMen Standard Battle Order and Full Battle Order List
- Lambert Academic Publishing
- Mobile Broadband Price Comparison in Singapore
It seems that there are tonnes of Singaporean men, who have completed their 2-year National Service cycle and when they returned back to army for their reservist, it is almost we have forgotten who are the items to bring. I pulled out data for one-year trend to see how much this particular post was garnering traffic for the site.
The highest was found to be in July this year. Nevertheless, I am more than happy to welcome more traffic (of course)! As such, I have updated that post to include more later versions of list to be brought (for detail, access the link)
For the other 2 top posts, I have no idea why they have been popular – the only guess I could make is these are pretty niche content. Unfortunately, I don’t have much resource to update these contents; otherwise, these should be really good revenue-generating traffic sources. (Source: the statistics were obtained from Jetpack, installed with WordPress)
Statistically, the Click-Through Rate for Related Posts show that it converts much better for devices. It is about 1.5 times better than users who accessed my website using Desktop. We also observed that the mobile users do not have so many page views (in terms of volume) – hence, showing the value of quality in the investment of mobile applications.
Desktop seems to be dying off, or at least for browsing purposes. Visitors are, no doubt, becoming more “intelligent” in selecting contents they wanted to read. Hence, the Click-Through-Rate from Desktop users are not as good as that of Mobile users.
Takeaway? It is time now to invest in mobile interface if you have not done so.
Finally, I have some time to myself on a Sunday afternoon. I decided to take the opportunity to upgrade my current WordPress version to Release Candidate 1.
Usually, non-production versions are not pushed out to the public for automatic upgrade. Therefore, I have to approach this in the traditional fashion of importing the setup file directly to the WordPress folder for installation.
The entire process took me less than 3 minutes; voila! It’s all done – up and running… So far, everything looks fine and good. Keep it going, WordPress.
According to my Akismet report,it seems that Spam comments and posts have been reducing since the beginning of this year. From my analysis, there are two possible outcomes – a good sign, or a bad sign.
First of all, the improvement of Spam detection technology has managed to catch up with “Spam generators”. In other words, there is almost a redundant effort to generate spams as these are most likely being able to be picked up by technology, such as Akismet. Eventually, that isn’t going to benefit spam creator in any where.
The other possibility is, my site is slowing down; which means, overall traffic is reduced since the beginning of the year. The reduction of traffic easily means spam is unlikely to target my site. This isn’t a great sign for me, simply because I rely on traffic to generate a small amount of revenue on my site.
Now, which is which – the conclusion isn’t clear at the moment. For now, I will have to continue monitor my website for further details.
For years, I have been using the same theme, heavily customized with lots of codes and stuffs. Then, I tell myself – time has changed; it’s either I stay ahead of the trend, or risk falling behind. This is particularly true when mobile devices are getting smaller, web developers are switching to using HTML5 instead, and tablets and becoming more commonly used across all segments of users.
Switching WordPress Theme can be an easy thing to do; but with lots of customization done previously, it has made it quite a challenge. One of the challenges I have to answer myself is, should I forgo some of the old scripts that were implemented in the previous theme. The answer is Yes.
Change is only as effective (and efficient) only if we let go the old stuffs. Without delay, I turned on the new theme, “Black Lucas“, after going through a couple of shortlisted themes. I like the font type, it’s clean and highly flexible. Going forward, it is just keeping the site optimized for speed and look.