Tag Archives: wordpress

classic theme

I checked my blog (front side of the blog) after so many days. The fonts and site design looks old-fashioned, kind-of ‘classic’. Yes, then default theme TwentyTen for the WordPress has officially become classic. I’ll re-design my websites soon.


We have moved our sites to a better server. Migrating to an un-managed private server is quite an experience, but you get to play with Linux distro of your choice and learn a lot in the process.  Plus, you get freedom, root access, and can make partitions, clone the system, can build OS & webserver of your choice from scratch. Although WordPress doesnt need a lot of freedom or root access, simple LAMP stack with mod_rewrite enabled apache would be adequate. I chose Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS & Apache 2.2. I must admit that complexity or freedom was not the reason for this move. I’ve few complex wordpress sites running with multisite or buddypress/bbpress  setup; & they’ve been running without trouble on shared hosting.

Linode Private Server, Japan datacenter

You should see significant performance improvement on our sites network now. I have been thinking of Amazon web services (AWS) & MediaTemple’s (+ve) hosting for couple of years. But then I found a better service & suitable servers. Name is Linode. Their servers are located all across the US, one in the UK & one in Japan. You get a choice of 6 locations & build your own CDN, setup load-balancing & make a highly scalable setup. You can increase RAM, disc space with a click of a button & get charged on a hourly basis. They’ve been doing cloud before cloud 😉 enough said.

get my wordpress theme log

The wordpress theme currently I’m using is build for Amrute.Me online network.
I first made this wordpress theme available for downloads in June 2009. And now I’ve realised that I  must write a log of all changes that I make in the theme, including the release date. Automatic upgrade option is also in my mind but it’ll be done later.
The version number will be given according to the date, month & year of the release of the new theme.
For instance the current version/or the latest updated theme available currently has 10.1 version, Meaning: I released it in year 10 & 1st month, hence 10.1
This page will be updated as and when changes in theme need to be logged.
Name of the wordpress theme: ‘johnyc’ (click here to download the theme)

Ver Date of release LOG
10.1 19 January 2010
  • Removed Google adsense code from footer
  • Added global google analytics code
  • Added ad on top
  • Changed 404.php page, added search feature and few suggested pages link.
9.6 9 June 2009
  • First release for public, made in zip format.
  • changed header image
  • Added footer notes in php, added ad-line, blend with parent site
9.3 10 March 2009
  • Pre-release version used on two blogs
  • three columns separated by chain & strip, white background, border 1px black
9.1 15 January 2009
  • Borrowed basic structure from cleave designs
  • modified for Amrute.Me online network.

I know when I present it I should present it in a professional way… hmm I promise I’ll be better next time.

All new favicon for our site & blogging network!

Yeah, I’m really excited to finally put favicon/logo for this blog, parent site and all blogging network.



Notice that the picture is of five hands with “V” sign (sign of victory) together forming a star. A start team! 😛 ~~ ah! enough of philosophy~~
This jpg picture I could convert into ico file using a fantastic site called favicon.co.uk, where you can convert picture files into icon files with any size you want. I chose 32×32.
So new start mark you can now see on top left of web browser or RSS contents  feed.
There’s one more note I wanna share, in wordpress run blogs you have to upload favicon file in your theme’s main folder and on root directory, so that you can have it appeared on your rss list too.

GMAT topic specific RSS feeds

I merged my all blogs and made my GMAT strategy blog pretty diluted. I was aware of the loss I would face but I had to do it in order to make it simple. After the consolidation, my only concern was that I should at least give my visitors who come only for GMAT news the GMAT specific RSS feed. So that they dont have to subscribe to my non-sense posts.
There’s simple way to stay away from irrelevant posts of any wordpress blog or follow only specific topics. All you need is adding ‘/feed’ to its category. That means, if you want to follow my marathon related posts only, you can simply subscribe to https://pranav.amrute.me/topic/marathon/feed 

So ideally, all my visitors who just want GMAT related posts should subscribe to beating GMAT & beyond category

But if you’re not sort of techie, you probably would have ended up subscrbing whole blog. Well, I’m sorry that I didn’t post it before, it’s something that I should have mentioned first after merging other blogs with GMAT stuff. Anyways, on the right column can you see cartoon of the man seating on the bench reading my RSS feed? OK, now I’m changing it’s Feeds url to GMAT specific topics. So if you follow that man, you’ll get GMAT articles on your PC, without having to visit my site! (And this feed will be ad free! so enjoy the man seating on bench!)

Beat The GMAT changing its skin

A big change is about to be seen at Beat The GMAT website, that’s what the founder announced yesterday. Change in which manner and to what extend is still a suspense for everyone as the announcement doesnt reveal much as what to expect. Though I’m not among everyone because I got a mail from BTG to sneak peek the new Beat The GMAT site.
According to Eric, it’s a major, major, MAJOR change for BTG. And I can sense that this change and transition means a lot to him. As a part of BTG team, we’re looking forward to this transition.
Apparently all other online GMAT forums seem to have changed their skin recently! Changes in fonts, colors, background, the width of website, navigation bar (the top bar you usually see at any website) and overall UI (User Interface).
Check out :

  • Pagalguy.com (the portal as well as forums)
  • GMAT Club (Home page changed but not forums)
  • Score Chase (still as confusing as earlier but changed UI for sure 😉 )
  • And there are some more MBA admission related websites who’ve made changes in UIs

 They all have changed, but I’d say, it’s a minor change, just a little bit changes in UI, that’s it. But when I talk about Beat The GMAT it’s a big change! yeah as founder said, it’s a major major MAJOR change.
So, what’s this change is all about?
Continue reading

beating GMAT & beyond to JLTB

If you’re a regular visitor or even visited this blog in past at least once/twice, you’d notice that I have changed my blog’s name from Beating GMAT & beyond.
As you might know this blog is inspiration from Beat The GMAT blog & I liked its title too, infact it was the title of that  blog that attracted me on the first look! Sigh!! it’s 2005 I am talking about! & when I thought of making a GMAT related blog I want something similar name yet I wanted to address beyond GMAT topics as well. Hence the name 🙂
Now you can guess where we’re heading… yeah since I moved this blog from blogger to wordpress (& my personal domain/website.) I’ve made it clear that this blog is not gonna be ‘only GMAT specific’ but I’d add some other stuffs along with my personal updates.
“Johny Learns to Blog” was my signature (yeah MLTR is my fav. you have problem? 😉 ) in one of the online forums later I must have changed it as I dont remember now where I’d used that line.
Now I’m in dilemma as should I use my real name? instead of Johny? It’ll be then “Pranav Learns To Blog” hows that sound?
leave a comment & tell me. Is JLTB is OK or should it be PLTB?

Amrute.me now working

The parent site of this blog, that is Amrute’s website has now some content, finally.
I wanted to add some pages ever since I registered this domain. But never got extra time. Now have added some webpages in Marathi, To my surprise I see ads in Marathi on these pages. (didnt know Marathi Google AdWords) I also want to add some Youtube video for demos, will do that in next few months. So far it’s looking good as it’s blended in the same theme that this blog is using.  Remember the theme is for grabs now. Go get it if you liked it!
Maybe it’ s time I should remove ‘under construction’ note from here & add some helpful links. Though I still want to add some more pages… & upload some photos etc. but will do it side-by-side…

Download my wordpress theme

I received some positive feedback about the theme I’m using on this blog. If you liked my wordpress I’m uploading it on server so that anyone can download it & use it.
Download the theme JohnyC.zip

It’s a 1000px width theme, I specifically coded as I believe visitors of my blog mostly have more than 1024 px screen resolution in width.
You can read the description of the them in CSS file once you post it on your workpress dashboard but some things I’d like to disclose about this theme.
I’ve modified someone else’s theme for my needs its optimised for Google Adsense. Google usually approves only 3 ad codes per page, two are already there in the script however there’s scope of adding one more Ad units say in sidebar to increase monetisation probability 😉
I’ll upload this theme in official WordPress.Org theme directory, once I get more time, writing proper info viz tags. etc.