I have been planning on upgrading this website’s offerings for the past three months and learned in the process that what I wanted to do isn’t feasible using the standard WordPress.com system. So I decided yesterday to move to WordPress.org, which is actually just using their software on a WebHost of my choice. I chose BlueHost.

This is my first post on this new system. It’s still not set up properly. I’m hoping that my domain name translates within the next 48-hours. If you are reading this, then it has.

As I do with everything else, I just attacked this situation without doing my homework, reading the instructions, or thinking through the process. They make things sound really easy. Trust me, they’re not. They do this on purpose as far as I can tell. For $125 you can hire a Happiness Engineer who will do the whole thing for you. It took me all day yesterday just to learn about the Happiness Engineer option. Fuck that.

So, I learned that, at least so far, the premium theme I took two-days to decide on earlier in the fall (ThemeMin) which I totally love and paid $50 for does not transfer over to WordPress.org. Hopefully I’ll get to the bottom of that soon enough. I also learned today that I have to jump through hoops to get all the email signups people have done transferred to this new host. (Will get on that tomorrow).

I also learned that the theme options for the most part don’t have very many click and play capabilities. I don’t mind what I have, but I really want to at least control the fonts my system uses. I guess I’m going to have to go into the CSS and screw around. Wish me luck. That’s my job tomorrow. Without doubt, using a serif font the way it’s set up right now is foolish.

That said, I hope by no later than January all is working properly. What I want is to be able to offer free books to folks who sign on to my mailing list. Wouldn’t you like to be able to download a PDF of Beyond the Will of God just for getting on my mailing list? I trust you. Let’s see if I can make all of my dreams come true. In the mean time, please bear with me while I re-invent the egg.

-dcb

 

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