Why a WordPress Paid Upgrade?

This blog is more than four years old. It underwent several face lifts using different themes offered free by various WordPress theme developers. But it never has a paid upgrade like premium theme, custom design, space upgrade, video press, and custom domain.


I like the current theme of this blog–iTheme2 by Themify. It’s an Apple-inspired design which best fit for technology blog. For now, it’s the perfect choice for my blog after trying to wear several free themes in the past.


There are premium themes ranging $45-$100 per purchase. I opted not to spend a dime for a premium theme and just settled for an appropriate free themes several times.


Your free theme can still be optimized and you can also design your blog according to what you want by subscribing to a custom design upgrade. With the custom design upgrade, you can customize the fonts and have full control on how your blog should look according to the theme design. Custom design is for subscription at $30 per year.


Any free wordpress.com blog like mine comes with a free 3-gigabyte storage for all uploaded files and images. The space can be increased with the space upgrade on subscription basis. WordPress has recently doubled the space upgrade on same subscription rate as shown in the table below. With the space upgrade you can already upload music aside from files and images directly to WordPress.


Your free wordpress.com blog doesn’t directly host video files. However, you can embed players from other free video sites on your blog. But sometimes external sites like YouTube remove the video without your knowledge and thus inconvenient to your readers. Subscribing to VideoPress @ $59.97 per year solves this problem. Watch the video for more:


With custom domain upgrade you can choose a personalize URL for your blog like juntariman.me domain name instead of juntariman.wordpress.com for free WordPress blogs. The cost is $17 per year for registration and mapping. However, dot-me (.me) extension is worth $24 a year. Aside from what are enumerated in the note below, custom domain upgrade gives your blog a chance to be monetized through WordAds.

WordPress.com has also offered a promo bundle on upgrades @ $99 only that includes Custom Domain, VideoPress, 10GB Space Upgrade, Custom Design, and No Ads.

My choice of upgrades for my blog are the Custom Domain and Space Upgrade which give me the chance to monetize my blog and provide me an option to post direct audio player anywhere in my post.


Revisiting the Top Blog Posts

I wrote 58 new posts in 2011 that made up roughly 17 percent of the 347 total posts in this blog. Of the new posts, only one got to the top five most viewed post while the rest of the favorites dated back as old as 2008.

I’m reviewing the top posts and considering a follow-up write up about each post to exploit the interest of the viewers of my blog. Here again are my top posts for 2011:

“USB Background Image–How To Do it?”– the post has been consistent number 2 favorite in my blog for 3 years until it grabbed the top post in the past few months. The views can be attributed to the seekers looking for the codes of installing USB backgrounds in Windows 7. “USB background image” topped the most searched words in search engine referring to the blog. Unfortunately, there’s no USB background image codes available for Windows 7 yet. 

“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam”– used to be number one post in my blog for three consecutive years until overtaken this year. Man’s sensual nature leads them to this post thinking it’s purely about sex and hidden cam. The post talks more on the use of a hidden cam in news gathering though it tackles also the controversial  sex video of two Philippine showbiz personalities– Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili.

“Remote Access Repair Tool (for Error 720/3G Modem Connection Problem)”– The failure of some 3G subscribers in the Philippines to connect using their laptops brings them to this post. The article provides the solution on the prevalent problem connecting to the internet using 3G modems in many laptops. The post offers a downloadable software which solves the 3G modem connection error 720.

“PLDT’s WatchPad “Big Ticket Service” Sucks!”– Watch out how it sucks you when it’s most watchable. The height of this post’s views was when Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao fought for the third time against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on November 15. Online people were looking for a free site of the fight and some of them were led to this site to get a glimpse how PLDT’s WatchPad offer gives a good view of the fight. Unfortunately, just like me they were frustrated of the service.

“Why We Need an Advertising Code of the Philippines?”– I am a little bit surprise when this post landed at the top five. This is more of an educational than entertaining. In the first place, this post was used in my advertising class and media laws and ethics class at the Mass Communication department of the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City, Philippines.

People up there in wordpress.com had prepared a show how this post performed in 2011 in their “2011 in Review“.

“New” Friendster is Coming

Social networking site Friendster is reconstructing and it will soon come up with a new site. All Friendster users are advised to export or back up their profile, photos, blogs, messages, shout outs until May 31, 2011 as these could no longer be available in its forthcoming new site.

I received this email this afternoon from Friendster Team:

I started blogging in 2006 in Friendster but i moved to WordPress in 2007. However, some of my articles in WordPress are linked to the original posts in Friendster. So, i have to copy the original post and moved it altogether to WordPress.

Several pictures of my radio show–USC-KNN are also in Friendster. So, i have to use the Exporter App of Friendster to move all the pics to Flicker or any site possible. The Friendster Exporter page can be found here.

So, this would make my coming days after the Holy week busy.

2010 Blogging in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 74 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 285 posts. There were 393 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 356mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was November 16th with 626 views. The most popular post that day was Classroom (exclusive to MyMasscom Class).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, google.com.ph, juntariman.tk, mail.yahoo.com, and hitech-ta-bai.blog.friendster.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for hidden cam, katrina halili, usb background, maricar reyes, and usb background code.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Classroom (exclusive to MyMasscom Class) June 2010


“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam” May 2009


USB Background Image–How To Do it? May 2008


Welcome… Maayong Adlaw! March 2009


Hi-Tech ‘Ta Bai! November 2008