Hello everyone and welcome to our July Members Update.
June was an especially busy month in the maze of real and virtual back rooms of 420 Magazine. There’s much to tell you.
Firstly, a warm welcome to all our new members. You have joined the friendliest, most mature and comprehensive Cannabis and Hemp website in the world. In return we’d simply ask that you spend a few moments reading our Posting Guidelines. It helps us no end if you can stick to these: it reduces the time we need to spend moderating and advising, allowing us the space to continue maintaining, developing and adding to the website itself.
And why not post a little bit about yourself in our Introduce Yourself thread? It’s a great way to start conversations and get initial guidance. We’d also like to extend our sincere thanks to those current members who spend time and effort welcoming new members to our community. We truly appreciate your generous work.
While we’re here, we’d also like to thank those members who post bug reports in our Bug Reports thread. This month, thanks to assiduous and helpful members, a glitch with images on our Home Page, (a result of a recent add-on), was reported and fixed in a matter of hours. Thank you.
We always say that we wouldn’t be here without our Sponsors, however it’s equally true that 420 Magazine wouldn’t be such a great mission without you, our members. We are always grateful for your presence, contributions, positive energy and spirit of helping others.
Let’s get on with other important news.
There’s some great news which affects everyone who uploads their photos to 420 Magazine. We are testing across the site the ability for you to upload photos as attachments and removing our watermark. We are always looking for ways to make your experience here easier, quicker and more pleasurable. For years we have insisted that all photos are uploaded to our gallery – and we have worked hard to ensure that that’s a relatively simple process. However, there’s now an even quicker way. We have enabled attachments, so you may now upload straight to posts much, much faster. You can simply click and drag a photo into your post.
The additional good news, given that our members’ security is always a priority for us, is that our software removes all the data from your attached, digital image, just as our gallery does. Gallery uploads remain of course.
When it comes to the 420 Magazine watermark, we have removed this. It was there for years primarily as a branding device, aimed to ensure acknowledgement of our website when photos, as they inevitably are, are copied and posted elsewhere on the web. The downside of course is that a watermark can look a little ugly on many of the increasing number of quality photos that our members are uploading. We think we may have even lost members because of it. So we are now running a trial where the watermark has been disabled.
Finally, after months of work, we have also discovered a way to get rid of the private gallery issue, where members mistakenly upload photos to a private gallery which means they cannot be seen when posted; nor can this be currently reversed by admin. We have been waiting for 2 months for our systems admin to finish our new test site, so we can try it there first, to ensure the solution is successful. Hopefully more news on this next month.
We’d love your feedback on these important changes. Please feel free to add any comments below. Your views are important to us.
Search Engine Optimization
We cannot begin to tell you the huge amount of work that has been going into improving our drop in the ratings as result of the new software. There have been a plethora of issues that our tech experts have been grafting away at, literally day and night. Significant progress has indeed been made, as you’ll see if you search for “420 Magazine” or “420magazine”. Not bad results for “grow journals” either. However there is still more to be done in this incredibly complicated and detailed area.
One consequence of this is that changing usernames is a service that we can no longer offer. We’re sorry, however username changes seriously affect our SEO. Accommodating our members has therefore made it more difficult for the huge community of those seeking news, help and advice on Cannabis and Hemp to find us.
We are pleased to announce that July’s Sponsor of the Month is Remo Nutrients.
As the Urban Grower, Remo has helped thousands of people to learn the skills necessary to produce a world class product. Remo brings his vast experience to Remo Nutrients, creating 8 products that offer a complete system of the vitamins, minerals, and extracts that your plants need to achieve their maximum growth potential. By using pharmaceutical grade ingredients, their system opens up your garden’s growth to its maximum potential.
We are always grateful to new and renewing sponsors. This month we are delighted to welcome and thank the following sponsors:
Please check out these profiles of our new sponsors, and visit their websites. It’s thanks to like-minded companies like these that 420 Magazine remains a free source of news and information. Please support our mission by supporting them.
In addition, we extend special thanks to Ace Seeds, FloraMax and Kind LED, all of whom have extended their generosity into sponsoring prizes in our contests. Recently, contest winners have been great in posting pictures and profiles of their prize packages. Please continue to do so, contest winners, as it gives additional exposure to our valued sponsors.
Magical Butter Giveaway
Whilst we’re on the subject of sponsors, we are delighted to announce an exciting 420 Magazine/Magical Butter exclusive giveaway.
To celebrate Oil & Concentrate Day on 7/10, (try turning 7/10 upside down and see what it spells), those lovely people at Magical Butter are giving away two of their fabulous Magical Butter Baker’s Kits. This kit currently retails online for $209.95.
With the Baker’s Kit, you can bake your herbs for maximum potency in your DecarBox, cook your herbs in your MB2e device, and then pour your herbs into your MB branded Butter Mold! You have all the tools and recipes on their site for absolute precision.
To enter, just go to the sponsor thread, “Magical Butter Giveaway: What Makes Magical Butter Magical?” thread on 420 Magazine, like the post and come up with an answer to the question, “What makes Magical Butter magical?”. The best answer, (judged by 420 Magazine and MB), will receive this magical machine from Magical Butter.
You got two opportunities to win because we are also running the promotion on the 420 Magazine Facebook page, with a second machine up for grabs.
Both promotions begin today, July 1st, and close on 9th July. Winners will be announced on Oil & Concentrate Day, 10th July.
Only open to residents of the USA and Canada. Good luck!
Our Home Page
There have been some great additions recently to the Home Page.
There are a couple of fascinating new staff reviews that have been posted this month. Ian Bastage takes an in-depth look at mushrooms in his review of The Psilocybin Bible. And Rich Farmer analyses and deploys The DabPress RP35 3×5 Anodized Rosin Plate Kit.
This is a new section, where sponsors post their own articles. Namaste Vapes have kicked us off with a thorough explanation of the different kinds of bongs, where to enjoy a smoke in recently legalized Canada, and reviews of the Shatterizer and the Pax 3 verses the Grizzly Eclipse.
There’s also a wonderful story of our 420 Warrior Of The Month: Chelsea Sutula, which has a very happy ending.
Don’t forget to check out the Home Page regularly. It’s updated daily and is the place for all your national and international Cannabis and Hemp news.
Human Resources: Job Opportunities
If you are interested in helping to support our Mission, please do check out our Human Resources forum.
We are currently in the process of recruiting more volunteers. The paperwork is out and we look forward to announcing them joining the staff team very soon.
Contests: New Sponsors
Because of the prestige of the contests, we are delighted to announce two new contest sponsors.
During last month, Ace Seeds became a sponsor of Plant of the Month.
Each month, Ace Seeds will be giving away between 5 and 10 seeds of one of their unique strains. Just check the prize list in the first post each month for the details.
Ace Seeds are pioneers in the preservation of rare landrace strains and in the development of innovative hybrids. They offer pure, fresh and different genetics. They have some truly extraordinary genetics selected from the best of their extensive library of C.Sativa strains, collected from all around the world and preserved in their collection. Many of these genetics are exclusive and stock limited.
This month, FloraMax has become a new sponsor of Plant and Nug of the Month.
Whether you’re growing in soil, hydroponics or coco, FloraMax’s expertise in chemistry and plant biology is your key to higher yields. Their founder is a hydroponic nutrient chemist and author of prominent grower’s guides and grow mag editorials. Conceived after 20 years of hydroponic nutrient manufacturing and research, he was seeking a faster, leaner nutrient range that would give growers better yields with less hassle.
Also this month we have a very special one-off prize, for July only.
New 420 Magazine sponsor, Kind LED are giving away a reconditioned K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Light for July’s Plant of the Month winner. As new, this fabulous prize retails for $1,895.00. Quite a prize.
Kind LED Grow Lights are the industry leader in indoor LED grow lights. They consulted with hundreds of professional hydroponic and soil growers to research and develop their cutting edge technology that has since revolutionized the indoor growing industry. Kind is widely considered the best indoor LED grow light on the market.
420 Magazine runs five contests each month, celebrating our members and their work. If you enjoy photos of sticky buds or extraordinary plants, if you aspire to be the Member of the Month or want to see some of the best grow journals anywhere, then do look at our monthly contests. Congratulations to all our winners, who, thanks to our sponsors, will be receiving some great prize packages.
LadyGaea – 420 Magazine’s Grow Journal Of The Month – July 2018
Neikodog – 420 Magazine’s Member of the Month – June 2018
MackMcMacMac – 420 Magazine’s Photo of the Month Contest – June 2018
TheMadDabber – 420 Magazine’s Nug of the Month – June 2018
Van Stank – 420 Magazine’s Plant of the Month – June 2018
You don’t have to be an experienced grower to enter the contests – any member with a minimum of 50 posts may enter and vote in those with polls. There are some great prizes to win – exclusive 420 Magazine merchandise such as nug jars, t-shirts, lighters, magnets (which you can’t get hold of any other way), and some quality and high value goods from our sponsors too; lights, nutrients, vaporizers, seeds, gift certificates and much more.
So if you fancy picking up a garden-full of great prizes, or just enjoy looking at some of the most beautiful plants and nugs produced on the planet, do check out our contests. They are fun and inspirational.
That’s it for this very full month. Thank you for being a valuable part of our Mission, we are truly grateful for you.
Sending you all lots of love and positive energy through the universe.