Life Gets Tedious Don’t It? – Or – Whatever Became of Sandra’s Problems With the Customizer?

COMPUTER WITH TONGUE OUTWell, I thought I’d give you a little update concerning my going round and round with WordPress over the lack of control I now have with the look of my blog. After communicating with several different technicians — most of whom told me something that conflicted with what others told me — I have come to this conclusion. I can still change the background color of my blog — but only if I go through the round-about way of doing so. But we can’t have any changes that make sense or that are simple and easy, now can we?

Unfortunately, the one thing all the techs agree on is that I can never change the color of my header text again. Now, being a ‘picture person,’ I like to change my header picture frequently, and I generally change my header text color and my background to compliment each picture (as all of you know). That being the case, I changed my text on here to white the last time (almost two weeks ago.)  Now I’ve learned that I can never change it again unless I buy an upgrade.  Of course, some of the free themes still say that changing that header color is still a free option. But — according to the techs — that is not true.

Here’s what’s happened. Without giving us any advance notice that I can find anywhere, WP decided to drop the option of changing the header color for free. Now they insist on making us buy an upgrade for that option, and now – with no warning – I’m stuck with this dilemma: On this site (“In Love With Words”) I can never again change my background to white, or no one will be able to see the title of my blog. On my “Happy Patriot” site, I will have to always use a picture and background that blends with bright red, because the title is currently bright red and there’s no way to change it back to black.  And I have the same problem on my other two sites. Honestly, if I weren’t so aggravated, I’d roll in the floor laughing at such ridiculousness.

I have two blogs on Blogger, but I had decided a couple years ago to focus only on my WordPress sites — and there are 4 of them. After all this mess — along with several other changes that have taken place recently that have made my blogging experience unhappy — I seriously thought about giving up on WP and just moving all my stuff to the Blogger sites.

The only thing that stopped me was thinking about all of you — the sweet people I’ve come to know and love over these four years. I know that a handful of you would follow me to Blogger and continue to stay in touch. But most of you wouldn’t bother. And I understand why. All of us are so busy these days that the only way we can actually stay connected on a regular basis is if it’s quick and easy to do so. With the majority of my followers being WordPress bloggers, it’s easy for all of us to stay close. If I move, that connection with most of you will be lost.

So —- I have taken a deep — deep — deep — deep breath, and decided to stick it out for now. I’ll do some experimenting and see what I can find that will let me come as close as possible to making my sites look like I want them to look.  Besides, it’s true for blogs the same as it is true for human beings: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when you love someone, she looks good to you, no matter what her hair, clothes, or make-up looks like. And I know that so many of you love me — even as I do you — so you won’t really care even if I have a lavender picture posted onto a bright orange background. Ewwwww!!!

Mostly, though, I just feel sort of sorry for the WordPress “happiness engineers.” They have a rather thankless, almost impossible job trying to explain why all these changes should make us happy.



Okay, Now I’m Really Mad! — or else I’m really stupid …

ANGRY WOMANI’ve had just about all I can take of WordPress messing up what used to be a wonderful blogging experience. I’m trying to get blogging students started on this blogging network, and I’ve just been encouraging a fellow teacher to begin a brand new blog on here as well, and what do I find when I get on here tonight???

Not only do I have to wade through all of these stupid changes that have been made in the past year — most of which makes the whole process more complicated and more time consuming (as most of you readers have testified on here as well) — but now I can’t even change the color of my header text so that it will go with my header photo.  Where did that control go?????  It’s just a little button and a color chart. What’s the harm in keeping it?

Until today, every time I changed my header photo, the page also gave me the option to choose a new color for the header text.  Now there is no way at all to change the color. (Now, this is where the “stupid” part comes into the picture. If there is a new way to change the text color, I’m not smart enough to find it.) This particular theme — and in fact every single theme I’ve ever used on WP — has allowed me to change the header text color. Now, all of a sudden, I’m stuck with keeping the text the color it is right now, no matter what. Moreover, I have the same problem on all four of my blogs.

Frankly, I’m about ready to give up on all four. These ridiculous changes cost me excessive time and energy every time I’m on here anymore, and it’s impossible to teach other people how to use this system when it keeps changing. So I certainly can’t encourage anyone else to use WordPress at this rate.

Help!!! Does anybody out there have any information that just might help? Can the rest of you still change your header text color or not?

I followed the link to the “Ask Happiness Engineers” page, but all I can ever find on that page is a place to put a question into the forum page to try to get some help, but I don’t hold out much hope. The last time I tried to get help that way, the only person who answered was another blogger who was as fed up as I am. When I first started on WordPress, the tech people were truly helpful. They would even send us an e-mail and actually communicate with us and fix problems. Now I can’t seem to find them.

The “Help” pages say that the “Color” section of the customize panel will let us change the header text, but it will not. Nor will the “Title” section, or the “Header” section. So if anyone has anything in mind that might lead me to a solution, please don’t hesitate to pass it on. And thanks!

I can get over being mad, but I’d really, really, really hate to find out I’m stupid!