WordPress has pretty much conquered the world, as far as blog engines are concerned. Who uses anything else now? Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, WordPress has not adopted the evil practices of other ‘net monopolies and started to censor content for political reasons. But the monopoly cannot be good for any of us.
I noticed a few days ago that my blog menu no longer works on my Android smartphone. My theme – underskeleton – did once! But somewhere along the WordPress update schedule, the developers broke it. Nor is this the first time. I had to move away from my original theme “unnamed” for the same reason. “Underskeleton” has not been updated in a year, so plainly it is time to move. But to what?
Most WordPress themes these days seem to be aimed at websites, not blogs. The WordPress standard themes are no better.
I have just spent an hour experimenting with themes until my patience was exhausted. What I want is simple enough – two columns, my pages not treated as navigation, the side panel accessible on mobile, a header image, and reasonable typography. But I was unable to find anything I liked.
During the week someone mentioned to me how complicated it is becoming to create web content. There are a million options, and even those of us who are IT professionals are drowning in the flow of information. Yet at the same time simple things become impossible.
It’s very like how Microsoft have destroyed Visual Basic. You just can’t get simple stuff done these days.
Likewise the Contact Form 7 is broken. I’ve used it for years. But the last update played havoc, and sent me loads of spam. Why???! I fell back on my old Tertullian.org feedback form. This too has had its vicissitudes – the endless upgrades to perl on the server keep removing support for bits of code that I used when I wrote it. But mostly I can fix it easily. WordPress on the other hand is a monster.
I sat down here over an hour ago to write a post on Cotelerius. Instead I’ve been messing with techno-rubbish.
Thank you, WordPress.