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Have Your Feelings For WordPress Changed?

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Many of us have mixed feelings about WordPress; we love being on it, yet, we find ourselves being annoyed by the changes that Automattic loves to implement.

Realistically, we are on their platform; therefore, Automattic will continue to do as it pleases with WordPress.

Just in case you did not know, the only version of WordPress that you get to do as you truly like is the self-hosted version of WordPress (The only headache involved is choosing an appropriate hosting provider and a paid plan that is harmonious with our budget).

In my case, I am making the best of the WordPress-hosted version (And, it really involves a lot of compromises); such as:

  • Learning to live with the horrible-looking themes.
  • Tolerating those advertisements from Outbrain.
  • Tolerating those unwanted changes that are carried out by the Happiness Engineers.

Hey, that is only a mere drop in the proverbial bucket.

WordPress can try our patience at times.

WordPress Is Not All That Bad

On a positive note, I blog on a blogging platform that allows me to express myself.

I also get to interact with some of my fellow bloggers.

And, the most interesting part of all, is that I get to see WordPress evolve (WordPress has changed a lot over the years).

I Have Witnessed Many People Come And Go

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that not everybody who creates a blog on WordPress will keep their blog active.

It usually starts off with bloggers blogging regularly.

As time passes, they start publishing content on their blogs sporadically.

And, in the end, they stop publishing content on their blogs altogether.

Oh well, so much for the sad transitions.

Sometimes, it is a change in the lifestyle of bloggers that has to do with blog abandonment and at other times, it is totally the fault of WordPress.

A Lot Of Us Have Adjusted To The Changes

People like myself who have grown deeply attached to WordPress, will, of course, adjust to whatever changes Automattic decides to make to WordPress.

Whereas, those people who are unwilling to go along with the changes that they do not like will take an extremely long hiatus with the intention of figuring out if they want to remain on WordPress, or leave it entirely for another blogging platform.

The choice is always ours to stay or go.

No Blogging Platform Is Perfect

We might leave WordPress for Substack and encounter some aspect of it that we do not like (The same can be said for any blogging platform on the world wide web).

I am quite fond of Blogger (also known as, Google Blogger or Blogspot) because it allows users to upload the theme that they have created or any third-party theme.

However, one of Blogger’s biggest faults is that it is difficult to find like-minded bloggers on it.

While WordPress may have flaws of its own, there are nice things about it; such as:

  • Being able to locate like-minded bloggers via the Reader.
  • Being able to express yourself (Provided that what you published on your blog is not in violation of WordPress.com’s Terms of Service).
  • Being able to see the technological advancement that WordPress has made over the years (Both wanted and unwanted).

You and I are not perfect either, yet people accept us for who we are.

So, in like manner, I am willing to accept WordPress with all of its imperfections.

Final Thoughts

The way we feel about WordPress will fluctuate.

However, we should not allow WordPress to anger us into leaving it.

After all, many of us have a loyal audience; by abandoning WordPress, we end up turning our backs on our loyal audience.

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57 thoughts on “Have Your Feelings For WordPress Changed?

  1. Great points, Renard! I don’t see ads because the browser has double ad blockers. WP seems to not care what its users think about the changes they make which seem very selfish and incredibly rude to us.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, John.

      We are using their service and they expect us to play along.

      It would be nice if WordPress asked us what we think about the changes that they intend to make before they actually make them.

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  2. All institutions and services bring their frustrations – it is important not to be defeated by these and focus on the positives, of which WordPress has many. The biggest asset is the strength and diversity of its blogging community.

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  3. There are pro’s and con’s attached to everything. WordPress is no different. I suspect ultimately, it comes down to what the expectations and needs individual bloggers have or require from using WordPress as their blogging platform choice.

    For myself, WordPress does what I need it to do. As a personal blogger, who simply blogs as a creative outlet and interacts with other bloggers, the platform meets my needs. I have no professional blogging desire or aspirations, so WordPress as it functions today – fits the bill well.

    Often it is easy to get caught up in the negative bits – “to major on the minor things” and forget that WordPress and the blogging community that surrounds it – is pretty darn positive.

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  4. Great blog post!

    I completely agree with your assessment of WordPress. As a blogger myself, I have experienced both the frustrations and joys of using the platform. I appreciate your positive outlook and willingness to accept WordPress for its imperfections.

    My question for you is, what do you think are the most significant changes Automattic has made to WordPress over the years, and how have they impacted the user experience?

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    1. πŸ€” As a long-time user of WordPress, I have seen WordPress come a very long way; for example, back in 2012, one would have trouble logging into WordPress whenever the Happiness Engineers were doing upgrades.

      Today, that sort of thing does not happen. The only things that you might experience when the Happiness Engineers are doing upgrades would be a few minor glitches here and there.

      Also, despite my fondness for WordPress’s old editor (which is the one that was replaced by the block editor), parts of my article would disappear while they were being composed in it (Which eventually led to me composing my articles in a word-processing program, cutting it and pasting it in the WordPress editor).

      I am proud to admit that I have never lost an article (or pieces of it) while using the block editor (I would class that as an improvement).

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  5. I guess I’m lucky because I have always had courteous and professional service from the Happiness Engineers. When I moved back from WP.org to WP.com, they literally had to rebuild my blog and there was no extra charge. Plus, I am on the Premium plan, and not on one of their more expensive plans.

    I subscribe to the WordFence newsletter which makes one aware of the continuous battle to keep WordPress a safe place, thus the constant changes and new versions.

    My only real complaint about WP.com is the lack of good themes. I feel the new FSE themes are not the answer and are most cumbersome to use. With that said, I think they are here to stay. Sigh.

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  6. I cannot profess to have ever had “feelings” for WordPress. I have found it an easy to use platform that enables me to publish countless posts sharing my random thoughts for free. My only gripe is those ugly pictures that they seem to have allowed to appear on the bottom of each post if you visit my actual site. But as 90% of WordPressers seem to stay within the WP Reader when reading posts of other writers, it is no big issue.

    I do have feelings for other WordPress users. I am so proud and pleased of the supportive friendly spirit amongst writers. There are some golden hearted writers, and people with great wit and intelligence writing and I really really love being able to interact with them.

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  7. I spent a few year searching for a “self-hosted version of WordPress” that could beat the WP Business plan price of $300 a year β€” ‘n not just beat the $300 price by 20 or 40 or 80 dollars a year. I tested 3 to 4 of them, but always ended up wid the “headache” you mention. πŸ˜‰ Then, as I was going back and retesting one of the self-hosted sites, I saw a “Quadrennially (Pay Every 48 Months)” plan that attracted my attention. I paid $107.56 for that 4-year plan (after a small discount coupon I had found) β€” worked out to about $2.25 a month or $26.89 a year that way, for the first 4-year intro price. On 10/19/2026 the Quadrennial renewal price will be $335.52 (unless I find another discount coupon) β€” works out to about $83.88 a year, wid all the bells ‘n whistles of the WP $300 Business plan minus the infamous WP support system. Hostinger β€” they also offered a 1-month plan that I used just for testing at first…

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    1. Beating the WP Business plan’s price is easy. I paid all of $70 a year at HostGround for a self hosted site. Yes, there’s a learning curve, but it’s no different than having all those business level features. The only real drawback is that WP punishes you for self-hosting by not including you in the Reader roll.

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        1. Intro price, so once I get close to renewal time, I’ll be looking for another sale. IF I don’t find one, it’s not that hard to transfer a self-hosted WP site to another hosting company, site name and all.

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          1. Yeah, that intro price can be tricky. πŸ˜‰ My renewal price works out to about $83.88 a year on the Quadrennial plan, but maybe a tad less wid a discount coupon that are generally offered. October 2026 is my renewal date, but so far it looks like I will stick wid Hostinger.

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  8. Yes, MY feelings towards WordPress have definitely changed. Ever since they crashed my blog after my paid plan expired and WP held it hostage until I bought a domain name again. It’s pretty clear that they’re only motivated by the bottom line and have little concept of customer relations as part of maintaining a profit margin. $300 a year to unlock the features a self-hosted blog gets for free is criminal.

    As we’ve both said in the past though, it’s not like there’s really anything better out there at the moment… :\

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  9. Fantastic post Renard! You REALLY summarized the Pro’s & Con’s of WordPress….
    My 2 Con’s are Block Editor that continues to baffle me, so I use Classic Editor. My other Con is that I can no longer customize our blog & I do NOT want a stark layout. So I am content with our background…
    The friendship & like minded people more than make up for a few things that ‘bug’ me!!!
    Out of all the blog sites that were offered in early 2000’s~~WordPress was & is still the best!
    Sherri-Ellen πŸ™‚ & **purrss** BellaDharma

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  10. I have always had courteous and professional service from the Happiness Engineers. They’ve never been rude and have always gone out of their way to help.
    If I was not happy with the service of any company, I’d take my business elsewhere instead of forever complaining. Unfortunately, I think many of the complaints come from users who do not want to take the time to learn how to do a particular task; thus, they think it’s the provider’s fault rather than theirs. I only have to look at the forums to see this, Renard.

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    1. πŸ™‚ I have never encountered a rude Happiness Engineer either.

      Unfortunately, we will always have a bunch of WordPress users that complain and are unwilling to learn anything new.

      Thank you for your valuable input, Hugh.

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  11. I started building a blog at Squarespace but I missed the interaction with other bloggers.
    Also, Squarespace has beautiful themes but it’s expensive at $36 a month , so I decided to port my web address back to WordPress to save money. My art pics are now HUGE which makes me laugh because I can now see every flaw, but hopefully that will help me become a better painter. πŸ™‚

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