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A go-to for WordPress needs

When establishing your company’s website, WordPress will be a CMS option. But not everyone is very techie to understand it. Here’s where FixRunner enters the picture to offer needed support.

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Sam Mulaim – 40, founder and CEO of FixRunner – first came up with the idea of FixRunner in 2013.

“Back then, I was doing affiliate marketing for over 100 WordPress websites I owned and I was making most of my income from selling leads in different industries. While I was managing so many websites I saw how much time it was taking out of me to manage and maintain all of the websites I have, so I hired developers full time to do the maintenance for me. Every time I needed support they were available for me, I got what I needed quickly and efficiently.”

At this point, Mulaim was already thinking that it would be nice to provide a service that will offer quick, reliable and affordable 24/7 support. “Back then there were only a few sites that offered this type of service and it seemed like a good idea,” he recalled. “However, after the website was complete it was just one more website in the sea of other websites I owned. I wasn’t completely focused on FixRunner and was still doing mostly affiliate marketing. All this time I knew that I need to focus on FixRunner and in order for it to be successful I need to be 100% committed to it.”

In the beggining of 2016, he decided to stop everything he was doing and work on just developing FixRunner.

“It wasn’t easy to make this decision but today I can say it was probably the best decision of my life. Today I have (over 20) great people working at FixRunner providing premium WordPress support and I just love my job.”

FixRunner, according to him, is different from others in the market because of two things.

“Our business model of ‘let us give you the service first and you can pay for it later’, and even more important is how fast we reply and fix the issues at hand,” he said. “I don’t know any other WordPress support service that offers the same model.”

For instance, “when a new client comes to ask for help, we understand that the priority is to fix the issues as soon as possible, so we will provide a quote and if it’s approved we fix the issue immediately. Only after the client is 100% satisfied (will) he pay for the service. As a result, many clients that come for a one time fix, end up purchasing a monthly subscription with us and we provide them with 24/7 support.”

FixRunner’s business model, he added, “is something that I wanted to do from the start. Many people that come and use our service for the first time don’t really know who we are, so offering them the fix first and then going forward with the payment makes the whole thing much easier. I firmly believe that we should charge the customer only if he is 100% happy.”

Now why the focus on WordPress?

“WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and it keeps growing. I’ve been using WordPress for many years and I believe that nothing comes even close to it,” Mulaim said, adding that “it’s the most simple CMS with the biggest room/potential for growth.”

This specialization means that, yes, “we provided only WordPress support and we do not plan to provide support for any other platform.”

In fact, “the only new service that we will add in the following year is our own Google cloud-managed WordPress hosting. We offer support plans that include managing WordPress hosting, but we do it with our different hosting partners. We feel like its time to build our own super-fast, reliable and secure WP hosting.”

“Our business model of ‘let us give you the service first and you can pay for it later’, and even more important is how fast we reply and fix the issues at hand,” Sam Mulaim said. “I don’t know any other WordPress support service that offers the same model.”

A big issue is security – since clients will, basically, put their trust in FixRunner by providing the company with information they would otherwise not provide to other people.

In the case of Fix Runner, “most of our customers… create a unique user for us from their WordPress dashboard. This gives them the option to remove access to the website at any time. That makes the process very simple and secure. As for our members, we connect their website to a management software with a plugin where all login info is hidden and we can login with one click. Our system also monitors everyone that logs to the clients website from our system.”

For Mulaim, this is a win-win approach.

And so for panicking WordPress users if or when they encounter issues, Mulaim has this to say: “You wouldn’t believe how many people simply aren’t backing up their websites. This is the first and most important thing every WordPress user should do. The second thing is to keep everything updated – WordPress, theme and plugins. This will help with website security. If you are running into issues with your website and you don’t have the budget to hire professionals you can easily find a lot of free guides online, or you can also visit our blog where we offer many free guides and tips on how to fix different WordPress issues.”

For more info (or get that needed support), head to FixRunner.

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Discovering a ‘community pizza company’ with Hunter’s Pizza

Aside from “We make it fresh,” the tagline of this pizza company is accompanied with “Ang pinakasulit na pizza.” Checking the prices – and comparing these to the likes of pizza giants Shakey’s and Pizza Hut – both claims have merit. But is Hunter’s Pizza worth checking out?

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Aside from “We make it fresh,” the tagline of this pizza company is accompanied with “Ang pinakasulit na pizza.” Checking the prices – and comparing these to the likes of pizza giants Shakey’s and Pizza Hut – both claims have merit. But curiosity on the veracity of these claims were actually what drove us to check out Hunter’s Pizza.

To contextualize, this a franchise company, with over five branches already. For the taste test, the branch called was the one in Solchuaga St. corner Pasong Tirad, Barangay Tejeros, Makati City.

The pizza company doesn’t advertise in mainstream media; instead, it is active in online GCs (group chats) of various communities. There, the viewers are given photo info of the available goods for the day. These often include pizzas with: Triple Cheese (P129); Chicken & Mushroom (P109); Cream Cheese (P129); Cheese (P100); White (P105); Ham & Cheese (P105); Pepperoni (P109); Bacon (P109); New York (P129); and Sausage (P109).

We tried Triple White (another version of 3-cheese pizza, sans the company’s pizza sauce, selling for P129); Hawaiian (P109); and Supreme (P129).

To start, PM’ing the company was easy. At least the branch tapped emailed immediately, providing the needed additional information – e.g. Are the pizzas freshly baked? Yes, we were told. The dough used is freshly-made? Yes, we were told, too. Do they have delivery fee? For nearby places, no; but for somewhat distant places, add P20.

As soon as ordering was made, the goods were immediately prepped. At least that’s what we were told.

And this may be true since the pizzas arrived less than 40 after ordering. A driver who claimed to be related to the owner delivered the pizza; he was courteous… typical delivery.

Now, to the taste test…

Taste-wise, the pizza wasn’t bad at all.

Triple White was, indeed, cheesy. For the photoshoot, when pulling out slices, the cheese melted, leaving that… mouth-watering elongated cheesy trail.

Hawaiian was, generally, so-so; you can immediately tell when you’d notice there were just a few slices of pineapple chunks.

The Supreme was the tastiest; it had enough meat and veggie toppings to make it, truly, supreme-y (similar to those offered by pizza giants).

Here’s the one BIG issue I have, though: the pizza dough used in all the company’s offerings didn’t taste pizza-like. They’re more like… bread-like. So that if you’re extremely picky, these pizzas may actually taste more like bread with toppings. I know that this is a definite no-no for many; so this should be stressed. If it’s any consolation, this isn’t one of those frozen-then-heated-when-ordered type of pizza; meaning, it can justify its taglines…

The pizzas do not sell for much, so supporting this community pizza company doesn’t break the bank. Just temper your expectations and you’d get something that should, at least, satisfy your pizza craving…

Get more info or order from Hunter’s Pizza via the Makati Branch’s FB account.

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Mouth-watering offerings of By Chef Kin

By Chef Kin was only opened as an online bakery in May 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P100,000. But after less than a year of operating, Rankin Cailles said that they already reached ROI. To better understand the success, trying out the offerings of By Chef Kin is a must.

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By Chef Kin was only opened as an online bakery in May 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P100,000. But after less than a year of operating, Rankin Cailles said that they already reached ROI; and in fact, they’re already investing to buy more equipment to grow the biz.

To better understand the success, trying out the offerings of By Chef Kin is a must.

Now what makes its offerings different from those already offered in the market?

“It is personally special for me in terms that I am able to express my ideas and bring them to my client’s table. I often have these ideas in my head that I would like to try and see if it works but I can’t do because I’m busy with work,” Cailles said.

But these ideas are now… eatable.

What are the bestsellers?

Try the Mascarpone Tiramisù (P350 for petite, P700 for regular and P1,300 for party size); Limoncello Tiramisù (P500 for petite, P1,000 for regular and P2,000 for party size); and the Butternut Crinkles (P300 for 10 pieces).

These explain the success of By Chef Kin; and should be tried indeed.

Interested to try the offerings of By Chef Kin? Head to FB: https://www.facebook.com/bychefkin or IG: https://www.instagram.com/bychefkin/.

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Answer your cookie craving with Mad Pastry PH

Mad Pastry PH may have been opened only this December as a small and local food brand located at Santa Rosa City, Laguna; but Lloyd Jeremy Matias is optimistic it is going to go places. And why not, when – at this point – the biggest challenge for him is dealing with the amount of orders coming in. This is, definitely, a “problem” that all businesses dream of.

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Mad Pastry PH may have been opened only this December as a small and local food brand located at Santa Rosa City, Laguna; but Lloyd Jeremy Matias is optimistic it is going to go places.

And why not, when – at this point – the biggest challenge for him is dealing with the amount of orders coming in. This is, definitely, a “problem” that all businesses dream of.

“It took us two months in the making before going into actual production and selling, which is longer than expected for just a simple cookie. This is because our cookie is not that simple and common,” Lloyd said. 

Mad Pastry PH utilized his engineering experience coupled with some scientific knowledge and lots of trials and experimentation “for us to reach the right mix and formulation,” he said, with pride. 

The brand’s packaging is also very well thought, and Lloyd is just-as-proud to say that “we really invested money on it.”

In the end, though, the proof is in the cookie… so to speak.

And Lloyd agreed. “One must try our cookie, for them to really see what we are offering.”

Must-try include the classic chocolate chip cookie (PhP160 per half dozen box) and the fusion cookie, which is a combination of classic chocolate chip and black choco (PhP170 per box of half a dozen).

So don’t wait; just order and chow.

For more information or to order from Mad Pastry PH, head to Facebook or Instagram @madpastryph; call/text 09338649797; or email madpastry.ph@gmail.com.

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