WONDERING ABOUT WORDPRESS

What ARE we going to do about WordPress? We were just talking about it, Garry, Owen and me. At $180 per year, that would be $15/month and then there’s another $20 for you URL address. $200? I’ll renew this year because it’s coming up very soon. That will give me a year to ponder the future and what I want to do about it.

As a writer, I hate giving up the opportunity to write when I want to knowing somebody will read it. I always laugh when someone says he or she doesn’t care whether or not anyone reads what he/she wrote. If that’s how they feel, why have a blog? A diary would do just as well and be a lot less work. Cheaper, too.

I’ve been doing this a long time and nothing lasts forever. Garry said he began to feel like that at work toward the end. Every story was a rerun of another few hundred similar stories he’d already covered. He could have pre-taped the news with notes to “insert current footage here.” I think they may already BE doing that. I don’t know if I really even WANT to try another venue, thought I might if it’s free or cheap.

There are always places to post photos. I don’t need a blog for that. It’s the writing that needs a home, even though I don’t write nearly as much as I did. Mostly, because I feel as if I’ve said everything I wanted to say at least twice and maybe more. I’m always surprised when I actually have an original idea.

Substack is an option, but it’s really more of a business option for writers. I’m not sure it’s my kind of place.

I’m also not sure I want to pay that kind of money for this mess. The engineers, our beloved “happiness engineers” — the absolutely stupidest name ever give to a development group — aren’t going to make the application work any better. I know people who are already paying the full price for the “business application” and it doesn’t work any better for them than it does for us.

Garry thinks I should hang in there if I still want to write because — well — I’m a writer and sometimes, I need to write. The question is whether or not there are other ways I can write and be read. That remains to be seen. It also remains to be thought about.



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  1. This is a topic as deep as a well. There’s definitely not a quick answer. I guess when it feels like work it’s time to stop and save the money. I’m not quite there yet, but some weeks I’m definitely there.

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    • I’ve got good weeks when I’m okay, but I’ve got a lot of bad weeks when too many people I loved online are gone, many having died and others having just disappeared. It’s nice to be able to post pictures and write if I feel like it, but I tend to feel obligated to produce work when I don’t think I have anything more that anyone — including me — wants to hear. I will pay for the next year, but after that? I don’t know. I’m frustrated and tired, but as long as it remains manageable, I’ll probably stay with it. If the price jumps up, I might quit.

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  2. I haven’t really looked around. There could be something just as good? – or better? And likely cheaper.
    WP sort of serves my creative purposes and I know how to work it – despite all the mistakes I make.
    Money is a definite factor for a poor boy like me so I’m not against moving if it looks viable. It’s not like I have a large following that I’ll lose …

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  3. They suck and have power, so an intelligent company could do almost the same thing for better prices and take all of us over there. HINT HINT to other companies–

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    • I could be wrong, but I don’t think WordPress will survive as a “business” host. There are a lot of business sites available and most of them are easier to use than WP and if not cheaper, are based on some kind of business thing — like how many items you load (but NOT sell) or the amount of annual revenue. ALL of those sites are easier to use than WordPress and include a lot of real business functions — like sales tax per state, shipping costs and tracking — and so on. I used Ruby Lane — but since then many more sites have opened. These sites also offer substantial promotions for customers (business, not customers to the shops they sponsor).

      WordPress doesn’t offer most of this. has a difficult-to-use application and a crappy support team.

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I worked online — and I made money doing it. Quite a bit of money and I enjoyed it. I was always impressed by how easy Ruby Lane made using their services — and how seriously they supervised the activities of their shops. The thing at which WP is really bad are exactly what “real” business sites are good at.

      I would never use WP for business. They don’t have the expertise and their site is ridiculously complicated for people with a small business. If you are constantly changing stock on your shop, the last thing you need are complicated graphics and text. You just want a simple way to add information and move on. The website is only part of your business. You are also shopping for saleable goods, writing up descriptions, taking pictures of all you items, dealing with your OWN customers, packing, shipping, tracking, wrapping, dealing with returns or exchanges — and so much more. You don’t WANT a site that requires a lot of effort.

      As for if someone else will pop up to grab the disaffected WP users? I would hope so, but it’s hard to know if there will be enough of it. I guess we will see.

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  4. Well, since you just renewed your current plan, you have another year to see how things shake out. I have a feeling there will be changes yet to come that will perhaps offer more options.

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  5. Years ago we as a couple used to have a website.
    Home page, click here for Mrs, there for me.
    Except we weren’t getting a lot of hits.
    Fixed that. Joined a couple of free forums and blogs with a simple “About”page, a couple of example stories, and a link to the website. It didn’t take long before our ‘stats’ took off.

    As usual, the Mrs got a shed load of “followers” compared to the ‘niche subject’ I wrote about.

    So I suppose the two questions is why did we swap onto WordPress?

    1) In 2013 it was a good little free blog host. Then WP got greedy a few years ago and started to fix what didn’t need fixing. The slippery slope had started and it the been all downhill ever since.

    2) So why haven’t we moved?
    The Mrs blog is (as expected) popular and stat wise, 3500 followers.
    Although she reckons that number is mainly historical.
    The problem is moving and not losing content.
    Which is where WP falls down as it has become harder to migrate from WP to a different host.

    Without paying for what we used to have, a free re-workable backup that could be dropped onto our website, the unhappy WP want money to do the same.

    The only option for both of us is an offline browser program and convert everything to useful on another website.
    For me that’s easy, for the boss? Estimates run at 27 hours worth of download for her.
    That’s a serious amount of storage, 1.5 TB.

    Bottom line? The current marketplace for hosting is pricing itself out of the reach of the little people in life. Greed is running everywhere as every dog and it’s puppy has a web presence so it’s easy to screw people out of money.

    With the international nastiness aka sanctions and hatred of a ‘few’ countries, nothing will change in pricing and availability so we’re not sure how to proceed. It’s a waiting game.

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    • You echo my thoughts exactly. Garry also posts here as does Rich and none of us want to lose the option, but it’s a lot of money and I don’t know if it is worth it. The application isn’t going to improve. The crappy developers will still be crappy developers and I’m willing to bet the support will remain bad. From those I know who paid the extra money, it doesn’t get better or easier and all the garbage they keep sticking in the format stays where it is.

      I will renew as soon as I have the money. I just bought a new computer so I’m totally broke and I paid a guy to do the setup because I just didn’t want to do it. The .org versions that are free are a lot more work than I’m ready to do. They always were. I RETIRED, so I don’t feel like moving back into being the techie, even if I’m the primary client. And this blog is huge. I have 130,000 photos and 12,500 posts. I don’t even know if it CAN be moved.

      In 2012 when I started, this was a friendly, easy to use site. And then — it changed.

      A year from now I might BE ready to pack it in. I’m almost there now, but I like writing and I take pictures. It’s nice to have a way to display them. But at what price?

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    • So this is the interesting part of that post:

      “While we’re making a few changes to the Free plan, rest assured that if you’re already signed up, nothing will change for you. Ditto, if you’re on one of our legacy plans, nothing will change unless you want it to.

      Going forward, new signups and sites will integrate smoothly into our new Free and Pro plans.

      Is this the truth or is THIS going to change too? I guess we’ll find out, eh? They could also just keep raising the prices on the legacy plans so that in the end, there isn’t any difference. They didn’t promise to hold the prices.

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      • I think for now they are going to n let us continue with our old plans. I’ve tried Blogger and there’s no interaction between the community there. It’s C like you’re posting your words in a void. So I plan to continue here as long as possible. I think if we put aside a few dollars every month for our annual renewal, we’ll be okay.

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  6. I wish I could give you any advice. If this were my blog, I probably would swallow the bitter pill once more, as you are prepared to do. I have however pulled out from my Flickr Pro Membership. They increased the fees by 300% in comparison to my last payment for two years. Now it’s one third more for one year. Enough is enough. Many, many members have pulled out before and many beloved groups have been ‘grounded’ or some were taken over by ‘savages’ who killed the joy of contributors…. So, you must do what ‘works’ for you – I wish you’d stay but it’s truly in your own hands. I also will be more present as of now; we had three deaths within the family in 10 months, I had an operation and am now also the ‘private secretary and butler’ to a 98+yr old aunt who came to be in a hospital ‘nearby’….

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    • I was wondering where you’d gone. I’m very glad to hear from you again!

      In theory, this is what they said (from Sadje):

      “While we’re making a few changes to the Free plan, rest assured that if you’re already signed up, nothing will change for you. Ditto, if you’re on one of our legacy plans, nothing will change unless you want it to.”

      IF they aren’t lying — which they have often done — I can last a long, long time on the plan I’ve got. But my question is: is it true? Will they actually adhere to it?

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      • yeah, it’s always the ‘tiny writing’ isn’t it?! And often, it seems, you just can’t win…. Let’s see! All the best. I do hope to be back more often. Thanks for ‘missing me’. 😉

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  7. I had a look for another platform but sadly did not have much success. I did give Substack a try, but it was not my cup of tea. Have you considered staying with the free WordPress option?

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    • From Sadje:

      “While we’re making a few changes to the Free plan, rest assured that if you’re already signed up, nothing will change for you. Ditto, if you’re on one of our legacy plans, nothing will change unless you want it to.”

      IF they aren’t lying — which they have often done — I can last a long, long time on the plan I’ve got. But my question is: is it true? Will they actually adhere to it? I have not found honesty to be part of WP’s game plan in the past, so I’m not trusting them now, either.

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  8. There are other platforms you could consider but if you want an audience (and I agree, why publish your writing if you don’t?!) I think you’ll find the biggest and most diverse here on WP. However I’ll be curious to see where your considerations take you and if you reach the same conclusion.

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    • I will get at least one more year at the current price. After that?

      From Sadje:

      “While we’re making a few changes to the Free plan, rest assured that if you’re already signed up, nothing will change for you. Ditto, if you’re on one of our legacy plans, nothing will change unless you want it to.”

      IF they aren’t lying — which they have often done — I can last a long, long time on the plan I’ve got. But my question is: is it true? Will they actually do it? They have lied to us before and I don’t see any reason to assume this is different. I’ll just have to see how I feel some more months down the road.

      They could just as easily jack up the prices on the “legacy” plans so that there’s no real difference. They’ve done THAT before, too.

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  9. I for one will miss you if you disappear. I enjoy your blog and look forward to new content and enjoy reading the writing you do put out. X

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    • I will get at least one more year at the current price. After that?

      From Sadje:

      “While we’re making a few changes to the Free plan, rest assured that if you’re already signed up, nothing will change for you. Ditto, if you’re on one of our legacy plans, nothing will change unless you want it to.”

      IF they aren’t lying, which they have often done. Fine. They could also jack up the prices on the “legacy” plans so that there’s no real difference. They’ve done THAT before, too. So they could actually make “legacy” plans essentially the same price as the Pro plan. They are a sleazy bunch.

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