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Is anyone on my flist a WordPress expert? I decided to move my non-fannish writing blog, which I abandoned years ago, from Blogspot and start a WP based blog on my own domain -- I figured, you know, why not, since I am paying for the space for vids and whatnot. But this thing has me stumped in so many ways. I got it set up, but nothing I do will allow me to install a new style theme. The page as it is is butt-ugly, and I found a theme that's at least accessible for the nonce until I find something I like better when I have more time.

But it just won't install -- it keeps telling me that my password and username don't work. Since I set the password up on my domain when I installed WP, and it works to log me into the blog page, I can't understand why this won't work with the password and username. I even signed up for a themes username and password, and that won't let me install a new theme, either! I can't find anything about it on the forums. I'm just bewildered, angry, and my arm hurts.

I've never seen a less intuitive program. Man, I thought MS Office programs were bad. They make it sound like it's such an easy program to work with. Not. Not at all. Why do I do these things to myself, I wonder?

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ninasis
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
We use WordPress for our blog at my job, and let me tell you I have sweated, cried, begged, screamed, cursed, and given up on life over that fucking program.

Did you do a completely fresh install with a new database and then import your entries/comments from Blogspot? I had the hardest time trying to do anything for a while and just said, "Fuck this!" and started from scratch after they finally released 3.0. I can't express how much I loathe WordPress.

I feel your pain. Not sure if I could actually be of any help or not. I will tell you that I love the theme I chose - Atahualpa. Very versatile...maybe even too versatile because you can spend hours and hours playing around with the back end and it sucks your life away. But it's a great theme.
gwyn_r
Aug. 12th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this. I really was afraid it was just my basic stupidity, but I mean, I've set up three different web sites, I'm not quite that dumb -- I'm not smart at it, mind you, and right now, I can't figure out how to even add a mood theme to my DW account even though it's sitting there on my web space. But I'm not *that* helpless, yet it made me feel utterly helpless and I wasted HOURS on it yesterday. The help is just... not helpful at all -- it presupposes you know everything already, and they don't define words for new users AT ALL.

I think I may just go back to the blogspot site -- I can't see even importing the comments and posts at this point, and it sounds like you had an awful time of it, so that's a deterrent!

All I've ever heard is how great WP is and how anyone can start a blog and blah blah. But in practice, this is the unfriendliest thing ever, and I'm saying this as someone who taught herself Pagemaker 2.0 when it was first out, and html, including -gah! -tables.
ninasis
Aug. 12th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I could take a crack at it for you if you wanted? I would want to do a fresh install with a new database though, with 3.0 (or 3.1 if that's what they're on now...) Once it's set up it's really the easiest program to use, it's just getting it set up that's a huge pain in the ass.
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