How To: Hide WordPress SEO plugin columns

If you haven’t heard, WordPress recently released its version 3.4 update. If you’d like to learn more about the new changes, read the official announcement.

WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast

There are a lot of SEO plugins out there recommended by many. Personally, I’ve used both All in One SEO pack and now, WordPress SEO by Yoast.

I’ve found both of them helpful, but I’m only using 1 now – WordPress SEO. If you were thinking that if you used both, optimization would be through the roof. Here’s something I really liked what ShaolinTiger said in a Facebook group. Something like, “over optimizing = penguin slap”. The conversation may not have applied to SEO but hey, it fits in this situation to me.

Anyway, I noticed after updating WordPress, I had additional columns displayed by the WordPress SEO plugin. This made my post catalog view rather cluttered.

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See what I mean

If I was an SEO fanatic, which I’m not nowadays, I would’ve found this really helpful. I could overlook all my posts and identify which were the ones which needed improvement in SEO.

How to hide the WordPress SEO plugin columns in Posts

However, like I said, I’m not an SEO fanatic. So if you’re like me, who wish to continue using the WordPress SEO plugin but would prefer to view less or no additional columns, here’s how you do it.

Below the admin bar (dark grey stuck on the top), you’ll find 2 buttons on the right – Screen options and Help. Click on Screen options to reveal the column settings.

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WordPress SEO columns

Disable the columns you wish to hide and click on Screen options again to hide the panel. WordPress would’ve saved your new view settings by now. So the next time you login, it’ll be like the good ol days. 🙂

Why ChurpChurp stories are not on the homepage?

I wrote a short review of the new ChurpChurp redesign recently and one of its new features was the Stories. My first impression of this was that it would’ve been like Project Petaling Street. But I found out otherwise.

While ChurpChurp is running a contest to spread the awareness of their Stories feature, I’ve discovered all stories you find on the homepage are featured stories hand-picked by the ChurpChurp team.

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Proof of fact

If you don’t see the stories you shared appear on the homepage, it’s because it wasn’t virally worth being featured – like the 5 stories I had shared. Through my conversation with ChurpChurp over Twitter, all my stories were kept in my profile – for what purpose, I can’t tell.

Truth be told, I’m not happy now after learning only virally worth stories which are hand-picked by the ChurpChurp team would be featured on the homepage. This could be its Achilles heel.

Let the rakyat (public) decide

I’m not sure if the ChurpChurp team are aware of this – I believe their techies would be. But there are existing community websites who’ve implemented a self-moderating method. Through the power of the community, they vote up what is worth sharing and vote down or report abuses.

Oh well, I guess the team would look into this in their next redesign.