There are 284 themes in the dry, dusty WordPress premium site that we can use. Because I only have premium I cannot upload and use a theme I find out there in the wild. I have to use a theme that the crew says is okay. Its really a limiting factor for the premium account and one I don’t really understand. Its the same with plugins. I cannot use plugins at all with the premium plan. That’s another limiting factor. So every once in awhile I go looking for another theme which seems nice. The real problem is that “any theme” has elements I don’t like and the customization options even with custom CSS available is kinda limited. I’ve given some thought to simply exporting my posts and moving my domain to a standalone VPS instance running WordPress.org like over on DigitalOcean. There are advantages like upgrades of storage, CPU, memory and one can SSH to the machine. You basically have a real live Linux instance you can do things with.
Here’s the thing though, I don’t want more stuff I have to track and apply security patches to and remember to change DNS or add in other stuff that I could suddenly do. I prefer the rather flat blogging existence now with the premium plan. I did manage to get a storage upgrade from them awhile back which is nice.
If WordPress.com were listening to me, I would ask them to:
- Give premium users the ability to apply their own themes.
- Give the sane users the ability to apply plugins.
- Offer more consistent and variable upgrade plans.
Its not that the premium plan is bad. In fact, its kinda good and I enjoy it. Perhaps I would break my site if I could install custom plugins and then the support team would be bugged to fix my stuff. That could happen I guess. Perhaps the same with themes. Maybe a theme could wreak havoc with my wonderful content and pictures.
I could just as easily upgrade to business but I am not a business and have no desire to be a business. I wish they had other more fluid upgrades where one could take elements of things and they would charge for them. I would like to have the ability to only upgrade plugins and themes and then be able to load those. I cannot imagine breaking something. Perhaps this does drive some users to something else though like their own instance. One thing I know I could never use some hosting provider like BlueHost or SiteGround. That’s really not much better than WordPress doing the support for me. People just like to feel they are self-hosted but really they are at the mercy of some large hosting company where an SLA may not even exist when you mess up DNS or try something stupid. I know with a Linux VPS I could do the dirty thing and downgrade and repoint the web server to the older instance or just start again and backup the database. I do think folks that buy a hosting provider want the ease of the custom stuff and I got it. I just never would be satisfied with still having some bunch of people really owning my stuff. If I were gonna go there, it would be with a Linux VPS.
Nice Day and Interesting Things!
It was a nice day today to walk and find yet more street art in the city. I’m getting to the week here now and its been a blast in George Town. When you slow down and its not three days or a week, you get a chance to just go slower and let the city take you on its routes. I’m very thankful to live in such interesting times and don’t feel cursed at all :-). I have decided to start in a week or so with some organized outings to museums, a half day tour down Penang and then go to the mainland for a day. There is just so much to see here that I decided to give myself time to experience and not feel I was living under the duress of the clock or calendar. There is always coming back too.
I decided a year ago that there were places most likely I would go back to. I know I will go back to Japan because there is a trip there I want to do which would take longer. I also want to get back to Vietnam. Vietnam is like a playground to me. Malaysia is that way too. There are so many places I want to go again and I could see spending another week in KL and Melaka. Then there are the places I have not been. I’m in my last stretch of the visa stamp of 90 days and have to go to Thailand for two months though because its another place I want to see.
So the interesting places always claim me and make me want to come back. And when I want to go back, chances are I will plan another trip there. There is no count of countries or continents for me. Only moments spread out to find things of value, perhaps take a photograph or two and always get back to my home base to see my friends both Khmer and ex-pat there.
I updated the photo album again and found some really cool street art today walking. If you have a moment, check it out. I really enjoy street art and George Town is really nice for it!