I have changed the look of Serendipity. Again. I am pretty sure I’ve gone through at least a dozen templates since I started blogging more than four years ago.

Why? Because I’ve had a series of issues for the last three or four months. Some minor ones, others not so minor. All of them required intervention which, to WordPress’s credit, they have worked through and fixed.

I am convinced at least some of them are glitches connected to the Wilson theme I have been using. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a template “go sour.”  I have a theory about this. I cannot prove it, but I believe it’s true.


WordPress is forever messing around with their software. These changes affect not only what they intend, but have many unintended “side effects.” Like the way the new software affects individual template functions. They don’t do much (any?) beta testing. Like so many other big software companies, they make changes, throw the new version out to customers and let us find the problems for them.

I hate this casual attitude toward properly testing software. I resent it as do most serious technology users. But apparently testing new versions of software is not included in the development budget. Plenty of money to develop and not one cent for testing. Aggravating.

So, after I’ve been using a theme for a few months, glitches start appearing. It’s like playing Whack-a-Mole. You smack one problem down, another pops up. You whack that one over the head and out of the game, and three more spring from holes in the ground.

After a while, you figure “Okay, time to change games.” Or, in this case, templates.

This theme is “Untitled” and it displays pictures well and large. I’m not sure I like the way it handles text, but I will give it a chance. There are a lot of templates. I haven’t tried all of them. Yet.

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23 replies

  1. It’s very sleek and clear. I don’t feel brave enough to alter mine. Besides it’s my husband who customized it for me, so it would mean some additional work for him. But I like it when people play with the different tools and update their look. Nice job, Marilyn.


  2. Looks good to me, Marilyn.


  3. I’m scared to change anything … might blow it all up. It took me a long time to figure out what I’ve got right now.


  4. I have to agree that I like this nice clean look. I still use a free theme, which I don’t even know exists anymore, so am loathe to change things. I prefer to stay stuck in my rut. 😀


  5. I didn’t even notice the theme change when I read your previous post this morning… I guess because you change themes so often, I don’t have a standard “look” in my mind that i expect when I visit your blog. Untitled is nice… you gotta believe on that one they put more effort into building a good template than they did trying to think up of a catchy name…


  6. I like the clean, uncluttered look too. I think the images on the side could be halved in size, but that’s just me.
    Google does the same thing, as does Yahoo, when it comes to beta testing. Yahoo keeps tweaking its mail package, one day you come in and one of your favorite tools is missing, or moved, and the next day it’s back but called something else. “We just KNEW you’d love it” must be stenciled on the Google Beta folks, when you complain about a new wonderful event they put some poor girl out there in complaint land and let her field our outrage.
    I swear, once a month Blogger adds or rearranges or switches stuff in the back room, and its usually something I didnt use much but needed it deeply when I did. Gone. Renamed. Rearranged–“oh, we decided no one was using it, so we moved it to Dialogues”. or some such.

    A month later you realize you were once again a beta tester. The experimental model, is us.

    But this is the reason I don’t dip my toe in the WordPress waters, I have enough trouble just navigating the blogs, never mind building my own…


    • I actually tried Blogger too, but Google’s lack of ability to actively engage with followers bothered me I felt like I was shouting down the empty manhole. They each got their own issues. And these days, no one seems to feel they owe us a fully function package before they dump it on us. Microsoft and Apple do it too … and we PAY for their stuff. It’s the way they save a few bucks these days and I hate it. But I live with it because I, like you, don’t have much choice in the matter. None, really.

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  7. I think it looks great!


  8. I’ve changed templates numerous times too. Sometimes I change my mind after a few minutes and change it again, then again and again…


    • Yes, I too have done multiple switches in a day. I try to keep a similar general layout (main column, sidebar, flexible header) because it makes it easy to swap. Some of the ones that look the best are the buggiest, so I try them, they make me instantly crazy, and I change again. You can go through a LOT Of templates that way 🙂


  9. It looks great on my phone. 🙂


  10. It threw me at first as It is retro back to previous posts. My first impression was that I was being re-directed to some other site. The only annoyance to me was having the the word “says” after each post.., sorta redundant eh? But otherwise it looks very good.


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