For those unfamiliar with the the title of this post, it is a quote from the front page of WordPress. ‘Download & Install WordPress with our famous 5-minute installation. Feel like a rock star.’ Now a word of warning for those who may be considering moving their blog from another platform to WordPress. It takes more like 5 weeks and at the end of the process you will feel more like a rock than a rock star. It is decidedly not easy and takes a mountain of searching forums, bulletin boards and help files to find the answers that you need.
In one instance, I had a very small problem with my initial installation and searched high and low for a remedy. After two days of reading, hunting, searching and trying to decipher hundreds of code suggestions, I discovered that the WordPress program itself could perform the fix automatically. So much for clearly written help files. The WordPress ‘help file’ is called a ‘Codex’ for some reason. So after solving my problem, I was left with one more conundrum. What the hell is a ‘Codex’? So off to my dictionary.
noun ( pl. codices |ˈkōdəˌsēz, ˈkäd-| or codexes )
an ancient manuscript text in book form.
• an official list of medicines, chemicals, etc.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (denoting a collection of statutes or set of rules): from Latin, literally ‘block of wood,’ later denoting a block split into leaves or tablets for writing on, hence a book.
Now that really sounds like a useful name for a help file!
Since deciding to move The Vandal from Google’s Blogger to WordPress, I have been through a learning curve that would probably, when measured accurately, extend to the moon and back again. Twice! This is not to say that the effort hasn’t been worthwhile, but I must say that the road to success is full of potholes and booby traps. My advice to anyone considering moving to the WordPress self-hosted platform would be to read, read, read and then experiment for some time before making your new site live.
It is now approaching two months since I made the change and now I’m finally happy with how it all works and I can get back to doing what I like doing. Writing. Blogging for me is my discipline that ensures I write something everyday. Sometimes complete nonsense, but still writing. So enough css, php, html, plugins, themes and widgets for me. Back to tired old clichés, aching alliterations, adverb abuse and arguing with my spellchecker.