Blog News and Sunday in Hanoi

So I started looking at themes both free and premium here on wordpress. I decided for the cost to upgrade to premium and here’s the rub. None of the so-called premium themes suit me as much as the free theme I am using now. Is it just me or is there really nothing in either the free or premium category that is useful? I don’t think I have a high level of requirement or design need. What I want:

  • a suitable theme to publish photographs on accompanied by text. Primarily I use the google media importer and build a collage of images or I create single images at a time.
  • a theme that lets me have a sidebar on the right and not the bottom. Only a few do this but claim its for presentation of the material.
  • the ability to rotate the header image and add more images to rotate. Many of the so-called premium themes do not do this at all but the free themes do.
  • not using the “read more” attribute. I prefer to have my content shown in all their glory without more clicking.
  • menu items for pages I create that makes sense. Why do some themes insist on having the menu items for -> HOME and -> ABOUT listed twice? I can see no way of getting rid of the second listing.
  • the ability to not have my widgets show up on my -> ABOUT page at all. I don’t like widgets on the sub pages.

So, this gets me to what I don’t like about the wordpress.com experience. I don’t particularly care for having no alternatives to just add storage instead of paying for the premium themes that I cannot really use. There is no real choice with either the free or premium themes I can see. I can go with either but when I end up just going back to the free theme i use now; its worth is debatable. I can see why Mikka also asks on his blog about a theme to use. I’m sorry wordpress.com team. None of the premium themes add value besides obtuse menu items that I doubt the value of.

I have paid for the premium account when all I want is more storage yet there is no way to do that only and I must add premium features which end up not being used at all.

Bah humbug.

Hanoi Things

Today I wandered around for a few hours taking shots of the lake and the city. I really like taking the Fuji with me here. Street and urban photo opportunities kinda line up waiting for me.

I did notice that while I am on 4g I cannot bring up wordpress.com or my blog but yet on wireless in my room I can. That’s kinda weird. Not sure why the mobile providers have a problem with wordpress.com sites.

Here’s some stuff I saw in-between trying out many and sundry themes in my hotel room.

There you have a day spent in the service of wandering. I will be going out walking each day because my body demands it. I have to put in around 9000 to 15000 steps or I feel very uncomfortable. I cannot see it being an issue here.

Visa Run in June

Yes friends, a Visa run is required in June. I must exit Vietnam and then re-enter. I could just duck out to Bangkok but instead I will go to Hong Kong for a few days and spend the time there. I’ll be booking that travel and hotel soon so I don’t have to pay more for the airfare than i want.

As I pointed out previously, you may want to check if you have a Visa on arrival here. Most require that I am told.

Bye for now from your slightly frustrated and getting hungry blogospondent.

Published by Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.

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