2013 – A big year?

Just wanted to show I am still alive and thought I’d try this year to keep active on my blog!

2013 is going to be a huge year for me and the various businesses I am involved in.

Fuelmywebsite is going to announce a massive partnership in Jan 2013

UPDATE: August 2013!
UPDATE 2: By the end of 2013, it’s a long process and big contract!

Maison Twenty is going to grow stronger and will get the kickstart it needs

UpShift London will launch in Feb/March – watch this space

UPDATE: Launches September 2013
UPDATE 2: Launch is Jan 2014

Happy New Year, I hope your dreams become a reality in 2013

How To Remove Hidden Admin Users In WordPress

Has your WordPress been hacked?  Removed the scripts and cleaned your blog following these WordPress Hacked  instructions?  It happened to me.   I also found a couple of php files uploaded in sneaky places like in the uploads/ folder. I also found a “new” admin user, the username was a script.   TIP: Click on edit the user, delete the script, change the role to subscriber, save, then delete the user.

Once I had carried out checks on every folder, updated wordpress and plugins etc, I still had a problem. Hidden admin users.

When you return to your user admin panel do you see more Admin users than are showing?  HINT: look at the number in brackets versus the number of admin users listed.


The invisible or hidden users need removing.  The only way is to go to your PHPMyAdmin and remove them, here is a quick step by step guide:-

1. Firstly, while on the user page in the admin panel on WordPress, right click on ‘view source’ – find the following:-

<tbody id="the-list" class='list:user'>

Under this will be the users, jot down the numbers of the users you know are correct – which should be all those showing, the number of the user is (for example, 2):-

tr id='user-2'

2 . Go in PHPMyAdmin.

3. On SQL tab, query this:

select * from wp_usermeta where meta_value LIKE ‘%administrator%’;

and delete the row(s) that don’t match the ID# you wrote down as per step 1

4. On SQL tab, query this

select * from wp_usermeta where meta_key=’wp_user_level’ AND meta_value=’10’

and delete the row(s) that don’t match your ID# you wrote down.

5. In your WordPress site, refresh the Users page, and the invisible Admin should have disappeared.

I hope this saves you a bit of time and searching..

An Inspiration To All Entrepreneurs – Morten Lund

I tend to distance myself from conferences and networking with people that claim to be experts at this that and the other.  If you have never created anything, you can not judge a start-up or an idea.  A start-up is just that, the probability is that it will change totally, yet week in, week out, we see panels of people all working for SME’s or corporates, having never taken a risk before, telling what it takes for your business to be a success.

What does work, is hard work.  A lot of it.  And the ability to think, react and keep changing direction.

To be a success while starting up, you have to work so hard you cannot catch your breath, you have to stop watching TV all night, you have to forget long lunches and going down the pub, you have to work like a freak.  But be careful,  it is addictive.

I was told this week that our business that guarantees SME’s online conversations is right place right time and very lucky.  Bullshit, that luck is four years of ball busting and hard work.  Walking away from a six figure salary and solid career after my 30th birthday, with a comfortable family, lovely house, sports car and stability was my first step towards becoming something I could finally be proud of.

To create a business that never existed before and then make money from it is the most satisfying feeling I have ever had.  It has not been easy and I imagine most people would have given up during some of the dark times we have been through.  But my biggest problem,  I have never ever walked away from anything I have started.

Hardly anyone knows what the business is doing or where it is going.  I like that.  The people that pay to use our service love it and keep coming back month after month.  My target is to pick up 5,000 brand new paying customers this year in our first year of aggressive customer acquisition.  That represents a huge amount of money, but more so, it represents a whole shift in the way SME’s do marketing.

I signed a few Joint Ventures in the past few weeks in the UK and we will be the first platform doing what we do covering the entire Middle East with a team secured out there within three months (and have commitment from a Government in the UAE).  I have also pitched my vision at cabinet level with the UK Government, which is being discussed and am told there will be some kind of progression.

Why I am saying all this.  Because to get here has been very very hard work, with loads more highs and lows to come.  And everytime I feel alone, I watch the following video.  Morten Lund had everything and lost it, the speech he gave just after this happened at Le Web ’08 remains the most inspirational ten mins of my life.  Watch it, be patient during the clumsy start, and let me know how this made you feel.

Don’t Download Thunderbird 3 – How To Revert Back To Thunderbird 2

Normally upgrading thunderbird changes nothing, it may be a little faster, the odd tweak here or there, not with Thunderbird 3.

Thunderbird 3 is a huge memory sap, it continuously downloads emails if on IMAP, and frankly kills your PC (please note I have not tested on a MAC).  Every time I turned on thunderbird it downloaded the same 1000,s of emails, even if it had already done the job before..  The easiest way of avoiding this (they say) is to turn off Global Indexing in the Options (General Tab).  Did this work?  No.  So I decided to revert back to Thunderbird 2.

This is very very easy to do, takes just two minutes.

Firstly, click on Start/Control Panel/ Programs/ Uninstall a program – click on thunderbird 3 (you will not lose any of your files, old emails or settings).  Once this has deleted from your pc, go to this page http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/releases/, this lists past thunderbird versions.  The one you want to download is the latest version 2, click on it, select win32 (if you use windows) and then select your language. Now it will download and install.

et voila.  fixed.

First Post, Clear Head..Now For Some Fun

My first post of 2010.  I wanted to write sooner but frankly, have had zero free time what with moving back to the UK, and keeping all businesses moving forward.  Everything is moving along nicely now, no problems with anything and we are actually seeing healthy healthy growth everywhere.  Also looking for freelance sales people all across the UK and USA for fuelmyblog.

Quick flashback to the move, I used ABC van hire in Hoddesdon which resulted in one lorry having its gear box explode after a 16 hour drive and the second arrived with 5 flat tyres and 1 bald.  Health and Safety eat your heart out, I will one day tell this story, but until then wanted to warn anyone looking to use them to be careful, we could have had some major major accidents..

But now, ladies and gents, to lighten up, say hello and put a smile on your face, this is what happens if you stick a winebox in a microwave.

Microwave Box Of Wine – Watch more Funny Videos