All that works anymore, my oldest theme for the WtR

It started out as a theme called “Only Coffee” it is now still called an unimaginative, “Only Coffee” and it has been years in the adjusting. It was a theme that has transformed from a non reflexive, cellphone pathetic and Google Pagespeed of 50 to a max Google Pagespeed of 100, on both cellphone and desktop…

While I try to modernize? Between WordPress upgrades and idiosyncrasies, lack of support by ClassicPress (which I had to remove) and attacks by my loving country of origin….nothing else survives the time like this poor template….I keep patching it and altering it…

It is like an old friend that tolerates you as you look at shiny new prospects and friends….yet, I know deep down that stability is only as good as your theme and this theme has been stable. I think I will just stay friends with this theme, at least until something makes it not possible…

Maybe I should rename the theme to, “A new pot of coffee”? and market it as if you like your coffee black and plain? This theme is for you…

WordPress is simply terrible and nothing they do changes that, in fact all they do is reinforce my feelings about how terrible they are…

How to switch to a new content manager at this point? I have 8000 posts and that is literally, without spending a fortune in cold hard cash, an impossibility for us to do. Svetochka might be able to do it if she had the time and desire, yet for me, it would be like me trying to produce a ton of pure grade gold out of the air. It ain’t gonna happen people…

Every WordPress upgrade takes me one step closer to oblivion and it seems nothing else can hold up against the odds…

I will keep piecing this theme together as they change the rules and keep plucking away…

WtR

kKEETON @ Windows to Russia…

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3 thoughts on “All that works anymore, my oldest theme for the WtR

  1. The world has moved on to:

    CONTENT CREATION with a text editor such as Notepad on a Windows PC, using
    markdown syntax. For a peek at what markdown syntax looks like, see:
    https://github.com/adam-p/markdown-here/wiki/Markdown-Cheatsheet
    Doing it this way decouples your content from all the other technologies involved
    in serving and rendering a web site.

    STATIC WEBSITES generated on a personal computer. A static website generator
    takes your content written in markdown syntax and creates a web site out of it.
    There are 327 static website generators to choose from on this list:
    https://jamstack.org/generators/ If you don’t like one, you can swap it out for a
    different one. If you were a real Russian, I would be inclined to suggest
    that you look at Jekyll: https://jekyllrb.com/ for a variety of reasons, one
    of them being that their web site is easier to read for those with tired old
    eyes, and you will need to do some reading to learn about this new software.

    WEB SERVER minimally provisioned and configured to do exactly what it says on
    the box and no more. The web server runs no other software — no php, no database,
    no nothing. To minimize the attack surface, simplicity is the name of the game. Web
    pages generated by your Static Website Generator running on your PC are uploaded
    to the web server and are served exactly as uploaded without any alterations by the
    server. Doing it this way allows the server to be upgraded or swapped out for a
    different one as quickly, as easily, and as often, as changing a baby’s diaper,
    without worrying about compatibility with other software, because there is no other
    software running on the server.

    CONVERSION FROM WORDPRESS – existing content on a WordPress site can be
    imported into Jekyll and stored in markdown format. You can then use Jekyll
    to generate static web pages from this content for upload to a server, thus preserving
    all of your posts from day one when you started to blog. If you have 8000 posts in
    your blog, then assuming 2000 characters per post, works out to 16 MB of content
    to convert, which should take no longer to convert than it takes to copy a 16 MB file
    on your particular machine.

    COST – This is all free, open source software. At the moment, the only cost
    involved is your time to get it done. If you figured out how to make WordPress
    work, you will find that this is a much easier system to work with and you should
    be able to get it up and running in much less time. If your situation with
    Wordpress is as dire as it sounds and you procrastinate and wait until
    your WordPress dies, beware that hiring an expert to extract your content from
    a dead WordPress will get expensive, with the alternative being to lose all of
    your content if you are unwilling to pay.

  2. I must admit I was surprised to see this theme once again when it came back. Honestly I don’t care which theme you choose for your site as long as the content is legible and readers can write back.

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