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How to change back to classic WordPress editor

In today’s tutorial you will find out how to still use the classic editor in WordPress 5.0. One of the biggest changes introduced in WordPress 5.0 was the new ‘Block Editor’.

After updating to the latest WordPress version, when adding a new post you will see something similar to this:

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How to speed up Android phone

Today a quick and easy trick to speed up an Android phone.

Android phone users, myself among them, can notice that the performance of their phone gradually decreases during the months after the purchase. No matter how advanced the phone is, after a few months, opening apps and multitasking take a bit more time than before. There are several reasons for this to happen, the most obvious is an increased number of apps running in the background and consuming valuable resources.

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How to change kk Star Ratings

There is a popular and useful WordPress plugin called kk Star Ratings that allow visitors to the website leave feedback in form of star rating. The usage of this plugin bring some benefit to the webmaster. First of all, the click rate in search result may be slightly higher because Google (perhaps other searach engines too) display star rating icons which encourage people to click. The second benefit is the feedback the website owner gets from visitors. If the rating is low, it is clearly a sign that there is something wrong with the post. If this happens, the editor should re-write the post and make it more valuable.

Tampering with these ratings is not a great idea and my intention is not to write instructions how to cheat 🙂 It is more how to protect your website against fake ratings posted by a hater or a competitor.

I have recently had exactly such a case. The ratings of one of articles on of my site smartpolak.co.uk were suddenly suspiciously low. I have checked Google Analytics and it turned out that while usually there are around 15-20 visits per day, there are some days with more 200 visits. During these days the ratings went really low. I know that the percentage of visitors that actually leave these rating is very low, probably around 1% if not less, so when suddenly I got 200 ratings in one day, I knew that something was wrong 😮

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How to insert content at the beginning or end of a WordPress post

I am trying to optimise Adsense earnings of my WordPress website Smartroman.co.uk by inserting ads at the beginning and end of the post. If you want to do something similar, insert an advertisement, image, or additional paragraphs to the beginning or end of the post, you may use following trick.

Basically, you need to use so called filters and add a php code to one of your WordPress Theme files. The code needs to be inserted into functions.php file that is located in Website-root/wp-content/themes/name-of-your-theme/. First download this file using FTP client. I think it is a good idea to copy it into two locations of your computer. If something goes not according to the plan and your WordPress website breaks down, you will be able to easily restore it using the original file 🙂

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How to show the battery percentage on Android phones

In today’s quick tutorial you will find out how to display a percentage sign on battery icon of your Android phone. This works in Android Marshmallow operating system, if you have different version of Android, you need to do some more research or look for some applications in Google Play.

Android phones display battery status in percentage but only when the phone is on charge. Many people prefer to see it all the time as this gives more information about the battery status than the bar icon.

Luckily we can very easily activate this option and there is no need to install any app to do so. Here’s how to do it.

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