I’m having one of those days today. You know the kind of day I am talking about – one of those days when you work hard for the entire day, and at the end of the day, you feel like you didn’t do anything. I don’t like those days.
I blame WordPress.
“Why WordPress,” you say?
Well, I blame WordPress because it has become like a treadmill that never stops. First of all, you have a never ending parade of updates to the software. As soon as you update to a new version and get all the kinks worked out, it seems like there is a new, critical security update that you have to do immediately! If you don’t update on time, it’s like running around in public naked – you just don’t do that!
Here’s what happened today. I had a couple of improvements that I wanted to make on one of my sites. When I went to that site, I noticed that the Plugin panel on WordPress was telling me that two plugins were out of date. Oops! I better update those right away. So, I went and downloaded the new releases on these plugins, and installed them. What the…. I just checked my blog and the whole top half of my screen went black! Hmm… turns out that one of the plugins didn’t work! So, I reverted back to the old version, it worked fine. That second upgrade that I did didn’t work either. So, I eliminated that one. I have dozens of blogs, so all of this piddling around took me half the day (or more).
The thing is, I am feeling like with WordPress, it is getting to the point that there are so many Admin tasks that need to be completed, that I rarely have time to produce the quality content that I want to share with my readers! If I had one blog, maybe two it would not be a big deal, but I have more than that. It is making me wonder what I should do. Abandon some of my sites? Find a new software to run on?
I have been playing with the idea of moving to Drupal. Today I took the step of installing Drupal on one of my inactive domains, and playing with it. It only took a few minutes when I realized that if I changed platforms, that meant that I had to re-learn the whole system again! I had to create a lot of new templates. Hmm… I have sites with thousands of posts on them, which means that I had to import all those posts into a new platform. Importing thousands of posts usually doesn’t go as smoothly as it should.
Hmm… I don’t think I want to change platforms. I also don’t think that WordPress is the right platform any longer. Updating plugins and platform software doesn’t bring in any money. However, if you don’t do the updates, your site will end up getting owned by somebody else who hacks in. Either way, you haven’t written content that keeps your readers coming back.
For me, the call comes down to what direction to go in order to make the most money. Problem is… right now I can’t figure out which direction will achieve that goal.
What do you think?
Update: Since I originally wrote this article a couple of years ago, I feel that WordPress has gotten better about having fewer updates, and the quality of the software has improved too. Not only am I still using WordPress, but I use it to develop client sites too!