Changes can be painful experiences. This is no surprise to you, but it seems to me that they get harder as I age, not easier. If you have been following my blogs you may have noticed some changes in the website. I recently took the “plunge” and switched from a WordPress hosted site to a self-hosted site using WordPress.org. I’m sure there is an easier way to do it, but it was painful for me.
Laughing Squid has a good reputation. This webhost is one of the three recommended by WordPress. Instead of one big scary up-front payment you pay monthly. It may actually cost a little more, but it is a month-to-month contract so I liked it. However, one little detail should not escape notice. There is no mention of 1-step installation for WordPress. It started out well enough, then I hit a term called “SQL,” then “FTP,” and dozens of other terms of which I was unfamiliar. I struggled through with the multiple usernames and passwords needed to perform various steps until I hit snags I couldn’t surmount. Off would go a help ticket. That would get me one step closer then I would hit another snag. This went on all week last week until someone at Laughing Squid took pity on me and set up WordPress for me. Now I know where the “Laughing” part came from.
This is not intended to be a criticism of the site. I’m sure that people who know more about computer language have no trouble with this, but though I have used computers since 1982, I am a novice when it comes to much of the computer-speak. I am up and running and loving the availability of “plugins” not just “widgets.” Nevertheless, I understand that I could be in for more trouble with some plugins, because some are very basic and not too “user-friendly.”
So my website is working but I will be tinkering with it to make it better.
Tell me about your website woes. Suggestions welcome. Do you have a favorite plugin? Let us know.by