Today, I am recovering from the thanksgiving trip: laundry, general office admin, back-up the “new” digital Billie Holiday, catch up on some correspondence and article reading. I need to implement the resume changes i have made mentally into the actual world, but i am a bit drained today. In order to stay productive, i thought it would be a good day to activate my self-hosted WordPress blog.
I did not like the idea of having to create a new user to activate and complete the install of WordPress and access my blog. I already have a user account. I know that technically these are two separate things and they have no way to talk to each other directly, but it still bugs my brain. And, i know that i can set-up the “new user” the exact same way as the “old user” and not really feel any difference. But like i say – it just bugged me.
Of course, it does not look like my blog once i do finish the install, it looks like a brand new blog template – duh, i have not uploaded any of my content yet – but i take a little tour, and the horrors begin.
Ok, these are actually small on the scale of “horrors”, but in terms of little digital bastards i now have to fight – they are pretty big to me. The horror is two pronged: I think it involves a (probably simple) issue with the php admin file (and I don’t really know anything about php, so I do not know how to find any errors) – and I do not know the right words to use to describe the rest of the problem appropriately so that google will tell me what to do next.
The short version: my admin page is all fracked up. Instead of the standard view I am used to from using the WordPress hosted blog, there is no header/title bar with drop down menus, there is no narrow nav bar on the left with two “content pane columns” in the middle and on the right. What I have is a giant ball of text. It is not exactly like reading code, but it is close. The GUI is all munged up so that all the “weeee” is gone and I am left with just the “goo”.
When you read this mangled mass of words, you do see that it seems that the key nav structure is still sort of present, but it is very different. And, when you do click on anything like “Posts” or “Themes”, the “new” information comes down at the bottom of this long jumbled list of words, and that too is jumbled and difficult to read and use.
So, I am frustrated. I did a little bit of searching for terms like “wordpress install admin panel problem” – adding/changing with “self hosted, dashboard, godaddy, php” – none of these lead me towards anything like my issue – so far.
One site I forgot to bookmark during research (grrr) referenced something about (paraphrase) “when you change the php admin page make sure not to do X, Y, and Z, and if your page does not display correctly there is probably space before this initial set of symbols or after this set of final symbols”.
I did nothing but what I was instructed when I edited my php page, but I did read all the stuff there and noted that the initial and final sets of symbols were not the same or mirror images of one another as I would expect. But I can’t find that page and again, I don’t have the proper vocabulary to describe this stuff well enough (especially when I am frustrated).
So, I did get this blog exported and imported, and I thought I might as well go ahead and slap the right theme on, but there was again thwarted by the nearly impossible to use flawed admin panel.
I gave up and went to practice some golf. That started off well. I was hitting my 9 iron straight (mostly) and pretty near the pin. Then with about 6 balls left, I switched to the driver. On my second ball, the shaft broke where it meets the club-head and my club-head went about 75 yards down the range.
I tried to shake it off and went to do short chips around the putting green. That went better and after 120 short chips (good results), I packed it in and came home to write, eat, do something else and start again tomorrow.
I have to, have to, have to, do resume work first thing tomorrow morning once i “clock-in”. But, when I do get back to the blog issues, I will first do a re-download, unzip, and upload of the WordPress files. If that don’t work, I will try another search for sample php pages (today’s searches did not lead me to the opening and closing symbols section) or just general php writing info. I will probably re-do the php page in question and see where that leaves me.
Or – I will discover that some smart person has replied to this entry and told me the magic answers!!??!