Hello my dear readers, fellow bloggers and good friends. I hope this finds you having a great day wherever this finds you.
Mind if I vent?
About two years ago, I bought a turn-key blog template from WordPress for $39.00. It was the best money I spent. I had a nice-looking blog without the headache and frustration of designing my own, or the expense of hiring someone to do it for me.
Recently, though, I got an alert indicating that my template was expiring. WordPress suggested I pick out a new one. They tell me if I don’t get an updated template I could experience problems with my site. I was already noticing issues. I reached out to WordPress to learn more and I was not happy with what I learned.
Again, the engineer suggested I buy a new template or tryout a free one that resembles the one I had. It’s not his fault. He just works for the company.
But here’s my beef with WordPress; when I bought the template two years ago, there was nothing that indicated I’d have to buy a new one in two years; And when I shopped for another template on WordPress, I can’t find one under $50.00!
With heavy hitters like CNN, TED, Spotify, TechCrunch and everyone else who contributes to “70 million new posts each month,” WordPress should be able to offer more affordable templates.
While I did find some decent looking “free” templates, what you see isn’t what you get unless you know how to design the site yourself (or pay someone to do it). WP has their engineers create a nice “free” template that I’ll never actually recreate on my own.
Additionally, I don’t like that I don’t have any say about who advertises on my website should I decide I want to open my blog up for advertising. I tried once and I saw advertising I didn’t agree with or feel comfortable having on my site.
Maybe it’s me. Maybe WordPress it’s for the wealthier, cool kids on the block.
What do you think?
Am I making a big deal out of nothing? Is this par for the course? Do you have a favorite website builder?