My comeback now in progress

This is more-or-less a placeholder post for anyone visiting the site while it’s under construction.

While you’re here though, I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to rant about how ridiculous it is to set up a simple WordPress blog style site like this one.

Initially, it’s pretty easy to buy a domain and webhosting. A lot of times the place where you get your hosting will offer deals where you can get both managed by them. This can be beneficial for beginners, although I will say there are reasons you’d want to have the domain and hosting on different services (though I don’t remember them) I, for example host my site on hostinger and host my domain through Iwantmyname.

If you buy the domain with the hosting, the provider will usually set everything up for you. If not, you have to set up dns/nameservers to make sure your domain points to where you have your site hosted. For me, it was a process of finding out hostinger’s nameservers and logging into my domain host and pasting them into the nameserver’s section. This can be somewhat confusing to figure out if you have the hosting and domain with separate companies, but not too terrible.

The real frustration comes with setting up WordPress. While the actual installation is pretty easy (a lot of hosts will give you easy one-click installs for it) the frustration comes from getting your WordPress blog to look and act in the way you want it. In other words, the biggest hurdle is creating a design that you find satisfying.

If you’re hoping to use something simple like what I have, then you’re going to be disappointed to learn that 90% of the themes you’ll find wont apply. Instead what you’ll find is stuff that’s more suitable for a business or a law office site. High image usage with low amounts of actual content (note: this happens regardless of whether you even specify things like blog,simple, etc or not)

At least there’s still 10% right? Wrong. About 99% of the time you find something that looks good, you’ll find that it has some style choice or design thing that just doesn’t vibe with you. Maybe it’ll be an ugly footer or the designer put two search bars close to each other (actually happened with me on one of the previous layouts) Whatever it is, it will bug the crap out of you and the theme for whatever reason wont actually have an easy way to change it.

This is where you’re given two choices. If you know a bit of HTML and CSS you COULD go into the theme files and try to edit them to suit your needs (I’ve done this quite a bit) The big problem is that if you’re not an expert, it can often be hard to find out what exactly you need to change. Themes have a lot of files in order to make sites look uniform across various devices, and sometimes messing with things can either do nothing or make the entire thing break.

The other choice is to try to ignore whatever bothers you (Sometimes the content matters more than how something looks) I can’t personally ever choose this one though, and if I can’t edit something to look like I want it to, I’ll usually just end up looking for another theme entirely until I find that 1% of themes that have enough of what I want.

That’s a small look into what I’m going through right now. While I think I’ve found a theme that I can repurpose the way I want things, I also wouldn’t be surprised if in a day I find something I can’t change that will drive me to look for another one. I also wouldn’t be surprised if that repeated several times before I just got sick of it all and finally settled on something. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that dark future, but if it does, you’ll know why.

Actual posting will start up in March, I think.