Life can be so complicated
Yesteday I found out that not all WordPress blogs are created equal. It caused me a lot of frustration.
Jim and I have six WordPress things going on, three hosted by WordPress.com and three self-hosted at Bluehost, whereby we simply downloaded the WordPress software from WordPress.org.
We like the WordPress.com sites much better than our self-hosted sites. I never understood why until yesterday when I was trying to set up Classical Street. If you look at that site, you’ll see that there is no FOLLOW link at the top and there are no LIKE buttons at the end of each post. I worked furiously yesterday trying to get them to show up. I got FOLLOW to show up but only as an obnoxious button at the borrom right corner, inconvenient at the least. I mean, who ever looks at the bottom right corner? That’s almost the last spot on my screen that I ever look at. I never got the LIKE button to show up.
I went to the WordPress support forums and didn’t find an answer so I started my own thread. Finally someone said that self-hosted WordPress software doesn’t have those two functions and there are no Plug-ins or Widgets to provide them. I thought that was interesting. Seems like someone out there would have created by now a Plug-in or Widget to provide them.
Having discovered that, I left the original Classical Street sitting there and created a new Classical Street that is hosted by WordPress.com. Now I have FOLLOW and LIKE. Once I figure out how to get my domain name away from my host, I’ll give it to WordPress.com and I’ll be back to having a FOLLOW & LIKE site with just the classicalstreet.com URL.
There were other issues, too, which I addresses a few months ago in a blog post about navigating around blogs, previous and next buttons/arrows, etc. All the things I was complaining about are indigenous to the WordPress.org downloadable self-hosting software but not the WordPress.com software. Looks like I’m going to be a WordPress.com person from here on out.
Life can be so complicated.
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