If I was new on the scene and looking for a host for my first blog, I’d run from WordPress as fast as my feet would carry me. It’s junk today compared to what it was when I first started in January 2011. Back then, it was easy to navigate, everything was right there in the left margin and I could conveniently find my way with the drop-down menus.
If I had trouble performing a task, a quick google search for the information cleared the fog instantly.
My philosophy is, if it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it. However, in this tech world, companies are always updating and changing things usually for the worse. It’s as if it’s a competition: how many things can I change this week?
Because I’m grandfathered into WordPress, I can use the old-style menu of 2011. So, I’ll stick around with WordPress for the unforeseeable future.
However, I created a WordPress site for an organisation I’m with. It’s only two years old, and the new improved system runs it. It reminds me of a game for preschoolers: big, chunky, bold, plain, childish, simple, yet, it’s horrible to navigate, and the colours are depressing. Nothing is found easily, and when I do find something, the system is tweaked, and after not visiting the site for a month or so, I can’t find it again.
At the moment, I’m trying to find the Widgets, which have somehow disappeared from the options. I’m about to throw in the towel and close the site. It’s as if they’ve dumbed it down so much that real users who know how to create a site are baffled, led in circles until frustration makes them yell, “Junk!”
My WordPress account allows me to click on the WP Admin, which is conveniently hidden in light colours at the bottom of the menu after all other options. It’s as if WordPress doesn’t want me to find it. But I found it just the same because I was determined. I have several sites connected to this one account, and I can easily switch to the old menu using WP Admin.
Perhaps the organisation site I created is junk because it uses only the free option. I pay for this writing blog and a few others, so it might be the reason I have the benefit of the older-style menu. What are you finding out there? Which menu type do you have?
For those stuck with the new menu style, I feel sorry for you. It’s a clunky system that would drive me mad if I had to use it for my writing pages.
Also: I failed to mention when I posted this, that I am satisfied with the appearance of WordPress blogs. I like the variety of themes, the ability to host a blog and pages, as well as add items in the columns. I do a lot with my blogs, and each year I do more. So the face of WordPress is great, but the authors behind WordPress sites at times need to jump through hoops to get everything to look that way.