New Theme, New Day, More Interesting Things to see in George Town

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:

  1.  Give premium users the ability to apply their own themes.
  2. Give the sane users the ability to apply plugins.
  3. 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!

 

Author: 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.