I have been displeased with WordPress.com for quite some time (My article, WordPress Made Me Dwell On Blogger, discusses this in detail).
This time around, I was not looking at third-party themes for Blogger; I was looking at the newest selection of the themes on WordPress.com (That plummeted me into a depressed state of mind).
Are the themes on WordPress.com transitioning from bad to worse?
There Were Much Better-Looking Themes On WordPress.com In The Past
Those of us who were blogging on WordPress.com back in 2012 (and earlier) had access to better-looking themes.
I remembered those days when I spent extremely long periods trying to figure out which of those themes that I wanted to use on my blog.
In the old days of WordPress.com, the themes that were available to their users were:
- The stylish-looking type.
- Different from each other.
- Ones that you were proud to use.
The only issue back then was that some of the sizes of the default fonts were a bit too small (But, one always had the option to adjust the size of the font or change the style of the font).
Back then, a blogger on the free WordPress.com plan had the freedom to customize their theme to almost the way they liked (Customization galore was always for those people who were on the paid WordPress.com plans).
Bloggers On The Free WordPress.com Plan Are Unable To Adjust The Fonts On The Newer Themes
Have you ever had a look at the newer selection of themes on WordPress.com?
I am making an educated guess, that most of you had a look at those newer themes.
Some of you may have liked what you saw, while others were not thrilled by the site of those newer themes.
The fonts on most of the newer themes are a bit too large.
And, guess what?
There is no option for the person on the free WordPress.com plan to change the size of the fonts on the newer set of themes (And, the person on the free WordPress.com plan is not provided with the option of changing the style of font either).
For the record, I prefer larger fonts because they are easier to read.
However, it would be nice if I had the option of changing those fonts to two or three pixels smaller.
The only way in which those fonts can be adjusted is via CSS (And, one will need to upgrade their plan to a paid one in order for them to make changes to the fonts that are on the newer WorPress.com themes).
The funny thing is that those people who created a blog of their own on WordPress.com recently, may never know that they had the option to change the size or the style of the fonts on their blog (The only way they might become aware of that option is if they explored some of the older themes on WordPress.com).
WordPress.com is giving me the impression that in the near future, I might have to end up paying to use a feature that I once used freely in the past.
We All Want Our Blog To Look Great
Our blog is supposed to be a reflection of our personality. Therefore our blog should:
- Have a good-looking theme (One that resonates well with our taste in design).
- Be easily customizable (I believe that this is a right that every blogger should possess).
- Be unique-looking (That last thing that you or I want is for our blog to look the same).
At the rate of which things are going on WordPress.com, the people who are unable to (or refuse to) pay their money to upgrade their plan, will end up having generic-looking blogs.
The people who urged me to blog on WordPress.org (the self-hosted version of WordPress) are probably having the last laugh and saying, “Renard, I told you so!”
Are you fully satisfied with the way in which your blog looks?
I Would Miss You If I Left WordPress
The only reason why I am still here on WordPress is because of you.
I promised to share what I have learned about blogging over the years with you.
Also, there is no community like the WordPress.com community (Believe it or not, that is probably the only thing that some of the bloggers over at WordPress.org are envious about).
Would I ever create a blog on WordPress.org?
Yes, I would create a blog on WordPress.org if I chose to run a business-related blog (Hey, have no fear; I will not abandon my WordPress.com blog if I started a new blog on WordPress.org).
Now, to be most straight forward with you, I have no intention of starting a new blog on WordPress.org at this present point in time.
However, I might upgrade my WordPress.com plan from a free one to a paid one in the near future.
I love reading your blog posts and I enjoy interacting with you too (And, that makes it very hard for me to turn my back on WordPress.com).
WordPress.com needs all the good bloggers that they can get. If all of the good bloggers left WordPress.com because they grew dissatisfied with it, that blogging platform would only be comprised of newcomers or people who were not serious about blogging.
Someone (or some people) need to be the proverbial beacon of light to others.
WordPress.com is probably going through a dark period — one where they are not making the amount of cash that they had hoped for and decided to create an incoming revenue by forcing people to upgrade their plan; which in turn, would grant users the ability to customize their theme to their liking.
I would also like to state for the record, that bloggers on WordPress.com are in no way obligated to use the newer themes; they could continue using the older themes until WordPress.com decides to put those older themes out of commission.
As a result of perusing countless blogs on WordPress.com, I have noticed that some bloggers are still using themes that came out in the year 2012 (And, I would not be surprised at all if some of them are using themes that predates 2012).
In regards to keeping one’s WordPress site secure, the wise thing to do is to make sure that the theme and the plugins being used are kept up-to-date.
So, in reality, a blogger on WordPress.com (and on WordPress.org) cannot ignore the importance of utilizing an up-to-date theme.
In the meantime, I will do my utmost best to ignore the situation pertaining to WordPress.com’s newer themes.
And, I will continue to focus my attention on creating fabulous content for my viewing audiences around the world to enjoy (That in my opinion is way better than going on a strike).