How to combine two WordPress’ features: Markdown and Post by Email

I’m not a programmer nor software engineer. but as an engineer I love anything that simplify a process of doing my work on laptop or mobile phone. That’s what I called “engineering”. Producing reports and presentations consumed lots of my work time – though data evaluation has always been on top of the lists. Therefore, simplifying the process of formatting and styling was a necessity. That’s when I knew Markdown last year.

I did not know that WordPress has provided a feature to use Markdown for publishing post. It’s probably because I’ve never used WordPress’ post editor since… Wait! I didn’t even know the last time I used WordPress’ editor. So when I landed and browsed WordPress site two weeks ago, I realised that I could now use Markdown for publishing post. But, since I’ve always published my post using email, instead of using WordPress’ own post editor or WordPress’ app, one question arised:

Can I publish a post to WordPress using email in Markdown raw form?

I did several tests to answer this question. The result was bit disappointment. I could only use Markdown raw form in WordPress’ web editor.1. Though I have enabled the Markdown option, any Markdown content style I put in email was translated as text during the process of publishing.

What’s the solution?

The solutions were not ideal, but these would work if you want to use Markdown and email at once;

  1. On desktop/laptop. You could use your favourite Markdown editor then copy-paste the result into your body mail.
  2. On desktop/laptop. You could use a browser extension called Markdown Here and wrote Markdown raw in your web-based mail.
  3. On mobile phone or tablet. Well, you’re out of luck, so far. You had to use standard html style instead.

We’ll see what other options available that might solve the latest – other than using WordPress’ app, of course.

  1. Note that I did not use any WordPress’ app for the test because that would obsolete the use of mail app – and Post by Email feature – if I was on the go. 

How to reclaim your precious iOS’s memory space

Memory space is precious, especially for every iOS device due to its inability to add external memory. Currently I have three devices, two 16GB devices and one 32GB device. I watched closely the memory usage on my 16GB devices and occasionally on 32GB one. So, if you are like me, ever notice that you are, at most of time, running low on free space? It seems that all apps are taking a lot of space than they should be. Even if you’re rarely using the app but its documents and data is taking up your precious memory.

To check how much memory each app uses, you can go to Settings > General > Usage. Tap each app if you want to check how much memory it uses for documents and data.

Documents and Data can actually getting bigger and consume your memory, since it’s where cache and offline data be. Some apps can take up over than hundreds MB of space for cached and offline data. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t give us any easy nor best practice to clean it up. Nor any third party app developer engage in a best practice of making it possible to delete cached space in the app itself.

There are several ways, that I know, to reclaim back your precious memory space. For this post, I will only describe two methods which I consider easy.

Method one doesn’t need any additional app nor laptop: just delete and reinstall the app. It will certainly delete those cached documents and data. It is easy. It’s not a good solution though, since you will need to enter your settings and preferences over and over again. But again, this method is easy and practical especially if you’re away from your laptop.

Method two needs an additional app on your laptop: PhoneClean. PhoneClean is a freeware app for Windows and Mac, made up to free up memory space on your iOS devices. Just connect you iOS device and fire up PhoneClean. It will scan your device for cached and offline data and you will have the option to retain or clean them. This method is a better solution but it requires a laptop to perform the task.

At the end of the day, the best method depends on your preference and situation. Both methods are applicable to reclaim your precious iOS’s memory space.

How to reinstall older version of an app to your iPhone?

Once I’ve had a problem with the latest update of foursquare app on my iPhone which crashed the iPhone every time I checked on the statistics. This has forced me to delete the app and reinstalled the older version. I understand that if you download the latest update directly from your iPhone, there’s no way to roll back to and the older version because Apps Store won’t provide the older version. So, how do you roll back? Below is the trick on how you do it. As a note, I’m using iPhone 4 and Mac to do a roll back.

Option 1

  • Detele the latest update from your iPhone. That’s, by the way, by tap and hold the app until the app’s icon jiggle and then tap the “x”
  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac. Open iTunes – if in any case that your iTunes doesn’t automatically launch.
  • Select your iOS device, then click on the Application tab. Select “Sync Applications”. In your iPhone’s Applications list, the deleted app is currently deselected. Select the app and sync.
  • You’ll have your older version app back to your iPhone
  • This option will only work if you have synced your iPhone previously and HAVEN’T updated the “problem” app

If you have updated the app, then

Option 2

  • Open your iTunes, find the “problem” app and delete it
  • Check your Trash, iTunes automatically trash older version of the app. Drag and drop the older version from trash to the Applications section
  • Follow the step on Option 1

What if you have emptied the trash? Well, then you’re out of luck.

Hope it helps.

How to delete Gmail messages on your iDevices instead of archive

This is practically an overdue feature, especially if you are using Gmail exchange account on your iDevices. I did not know until today that Gmail has provided an additional setting under Google Sync which enable you to actually delete Gmail messages instead of archive them. Basically when you swipe or tap delete on any message, the iOS will “tell” Gmail to archive it. This occurred only on Gmail account which you have set as exchange account. To “actually” delete Gmail messages you need to reconfigure Google Sync to delete messages on your iDevices.

To do this, follow these simple steps to enable the “Delete Email as Trash” feature in Google Sync:

Go to (please note that the Google Sync features are only available only if you’ve setup your Gmail account as a exchange account). You might probably get an error screen of “unsupported device”. Here is the trick: go below and find an option to change the language. Change the language to English (US). The screen will automatically refresh and you will have Google Sync screen.

Login using your Gmail username. You’ll get into Google Sync configuration. Here you should see a list of your iOS devices that are configured to use Gmail.

*//Tap on the relevant iOS device.

*//You should now see an option to Enable “Delete Email as Trash”, tap to select this option.

*//Tap on the save button.

That’s it, now when you tap on the Delete button in the Mail app on that iOS device or you swipe to delete, Gmail should send the email to the Trash folder instead of archiving it.


Google Sync features are available only via Microsoft Exchange. Google Sync via Microsoft Exchange includes push email feature, which means that the emails will be delivered to your iOS device as soon as it arrives, unlike the regular Gmail account, which retrieves emails at x time basis.

How to disable iPhone’s cellular network and use wifi connection only

This is very useful if you are in a low cellular coverage area but you
have a very good wifi coverage as I had this morning. Most of mining
area, especially remote one in Indonesia, would most likely have this
condition. Keeping your iPhone to automatically search for cellular
network would drain its battery within no time. I hope this trick,
which I put in this post as a reminder for me, would be useful for

Go to Settings > Airplane Mode, switch it On
This will switch all iPhone’s radio off.

Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, switch it On
Select a hotspot.

That’s it. That was not so difficult.