Pay Attention to the Public View of Your WP Site

COMPUTER WITH TONGUE OUTFor the past few years, WordPress has put a little box at the very bottom of our posts with the notice “Sometimes, visitors may see an advertisement here.”  That implies — and it used to be the case — that they would place ads at the bottom of our posts. And, of course, they’ve always told us that if we are logged into our account, we won’t see the ads.

However, this year, WP has begun to put large ads all throughout our posts. Even though they still “say” that an add might appear at the very bottom — which implies that the bottom is the only place ads will go — they are popping ads into our posts in as much as 4 or 5 places, interrupting our text, and then throwing in more ads at the bottom of the post.

I don’t argue that they have a right to put in an ad or two if they offer the web space free, but, in my opinion, they have been very deceptive about the whole thing since the changes this year, and — also in my opinion — one or two ads at the bottom of the page should be sufficient. Moreover, some of the ads are offensive and vulgar, and can, at times, seriously conflict with the purpose and tone of the blog itself.

So, folks, don’t stay in the dark about your blog or website. Be sure you log out of WP and then pull up your site while you’re logged out. Do it regularly. You need to be aware of what the general public sees whey they visit your site.

Other WordPress users are not supposed to see your ads either — although several times recently I’ve seen them even when logged in.

But it’s important that you be aware that a whole lot of people visiting your site are being exposed to tons of ads that you may not even agree with at all. At least if you are aware of the specific ads, you can say something to your visitors if necessary — or be prepared if you get any negative feedback or reaction from visitors who may be judging you by the ads they see on your site.

WordPress has really been pushing hard lately to get everyone to purchase a blog rather than use the free service. I understand that they want and need to make money. But these pressure tactics — including deluging our posts with mass advertising — seems a little over the top for good customer relations.



My Thanks to Jerry, WP Happiness Engineer

I want to give a public “Thank You” to a WordPress Happiness Engineer named Jerry. I heard from him the other day concerning the problem I had reported and complained about after suddenly losing the ability to change or control header text color on any of my blogs. Most of you know the details of that problem from my posts about it, so I won’t repeat those.

However, I do want to mention that Jerry apologized for the situation and agreed with me about the situation being undesirable. But he also went to the trouble to work on my site (and the test site connected to it) to add a custom design segment that would begin allowing me to change the header text color free for a period of time. Unfortunately, I had already changed to a different theme before I heard from him.  And I had changed my test site theme before the problem arose because I had been trying to encourage a travel adviser to start using WP and had designed a sample blog for her to consider on my test site.

And, also unfortunately, he had not understood the big picture — which was the fact that I have four separate blogs (not counting the test blog), all of which suffered the same problem. And the even bigger picture, of course, is the fact that hundreds — perhaps thousands — of other bloggers now have to deal with the same problem — although many won’t realize that until they try to change their header color.

However, Jerry did tell me that WordPress is looking into the matter, and I got the impression that they may try to fix things in a way that will help us all.

Regardless, I do want to publicly thank Jerry for going to so much trouble for my “In Love With Words” blog.  I felt a little bad that I had already changed themes, trying to find one that gave me at least a little control. But, of course, I had talked with several WP support people by then who indicated there was no solution, so I felt that move was the only one I could make at the time.  But, even though I’m not using that theme any longer, I do truly appreciate Jerry’s personal efforts on my behalf.

So thank you, Mr. Jerry, for your kindness and for going the extra mile for me.