WordPress help:

I finally got a mail from a helpful WordPress person with the message to switch to another theme as my present one is outdated …just imagine what that would involve!! I balk at the idea even, he suggested one with lots of bells and whistles I do not need. OH NO..they think we are all whiz kids at setting up sites.

12 thoughts on “WordPress help:

  1. My approach is don’t muck with something that works. The very word “outdated” reminds me of the realtors who harp “updated” decor, which feeds an entire industry that serves to part people with their money. Why change a kitchen counter simply because the component used is now considered “dated?” Where do all those “dated” materials end up after they’ve been replaced every ten years by the newest fad?

    To be honest, I usually access the blogs I follow via my “reader” which only shows the content, not the design of the site.

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  2. There is a feature that lets you try another theme and see immediately if everything is still working. I’ve used it to change my theme every 5 years or so just to freshen up and be more inviting for new visitors. If everything doesn’t look right, just cancel out and try another… I know it’s just another annoying change being foisted upon you, unasked for, but it’ll be ok, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see your new look!

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  3. I have changed the theme of my blog about 5 or 6 times over the years. Generally it has been pretty straightforward without too many problems. Sometimes a menu might disappear or the header image may not work. It used to be possible to click on a different theme to see what it would look like before actually changing over. I don’t know if that is possible now.
    It sounds like the idea fills you with dread and I just wanted to say that my experience when switching themes hasn’t been too bad although I find that it might take a few goes to tweak and get it how I like. Usually though it is up and running straight away and usable so even if it’s not 100% right it can still be used.
    I’m still using the old editor so I’m unsure how the new editor fails you in your present theme.
    I have found when going through the WordPress free themes that they can be narrowed down quite quickly because most really don’t work with photography and then it’s just a choice of which one appeals most for how you wish to present your work. My theme on Postcard Cafe allows for a bit of a gallery on the front page which is pretty uncluttered ( without lots of menus etc). To new visitors it offers a bit of a feel for what the blog is like without them needing to constantly scroll down a single column. It is also not over stylised.
    Good luck with it all and have a great weekend
    Best wishes
    Mr C 🙂

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      • I can remember a few years ago when WordPress changed how images are displayed in the ‘Reader’. I (with lots of others) was particularly annoyed at what appeared to be a really poor decision for artists and photographers. It was voiced far and wide at the time but the changes remained. I still have no idea why. Just like I have no idea why WordPress are moving toward the new editor. The machinery and thinking behind so much of the internet is beyond me. I hope you find a theme and path that allows you to navigate the changes without too much difficulty. Best wishes, Mr C 🙂


  4. Paula – it is scary, but not too hard. You can preview how themes will look without actually making the change and there are quite a lot of free ones. I have changed theme twice now and each time I’ve worried, but I am glad I made the change. The good thing about having a more up to date theme is that they tend to adjust to different sized screens. If I can help, just let me know.

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