Last Monday I made an unbelievable mistake by updating the theme that runs on the back-end of my site. New version is supposed to mean better version, right? When I activated the theme, I knew there were a couple of things that were off, but from experience I knew those would be relatively easy fixes, or so I thought. You see, in developing the new version the developer/developers of my theme forgot about their users. The product was not intuitive and was so different that I couldn’t even figure out how to change the size of the fonts. My quest to figure out this one simple thing sent me tumbling down exploration hill. I spent hours combing through forums and tutorial videos. When hours turned into days, I slid into a bottomless pit of regret and frustration.
Hopeless and desperate, I shelled out money to purchase a non-refundable skin for my site from a wonderful and helpful developer in Vietnam. When that didn’t work, I contacted the developer and he offered to assist me with some of the issues that I was having with it. However, as beautiful and responsive as the skin was, I couldn’t use it on my site because of the way it displays images. If this was a new blog, I would be golden but there was no way that I could go back through months of posts to re-size all of my images. To make a very long story short, I ended up reverting back to the version of the theme that I used before.
I totally see the potential of the new upgrade for my theme, but it was too complicated for non-technical users like myself and would require a HUGE learning curve which I just don’t have the time for, especially at this stage in the life of my blog. Looking back, this was a WordPress and blogging headache that could have been avoided if 1) I had taken the time to do the research the reviews first and 2) if the developers at the company for my theme kept their users in mind and or even bothered to respond to my tweets and emails. Please take my experience as a warning for those of you who like myself, maintain their whole site. There are still obviously a few things that I still need to fix and honestly all of that exploring helped me to develop a better understanding of what I can do with this site. I’ll be playing around with it in the next few weeks, but for now, I am just glad that I am back to this version that I am used to.
What has been the most frustrating thing that you have experienced with your blog?