Tech Friday: Update to WordPress, theme and plug-in failures

Posted By on August 11, 2023

As My Desultory Blog approaches 8000 posts, it has become increasingly clear that tags and categories are becoming worthless. Besides having too many, they are all too full and do little for me to find anything (or anyone else). The search feature has always been a problem and makes it difficult for even me to find something with words that I know are used in the post. Something needs to change.

Besides being cumbersome, the WordPress blog as it exists is severely outdated when it comes to layout and “theme.” The current Lunatic Fringe modified Wordpress Lioneltheme’s support was discontinued 15 years ago, but because everything has been formatted to fit the layout, I never switched to something else … just continued to customize the theme myself (bad idea).

A WordPress update to version 6.3 “Lionel” continued my thinking about this as besides the “theme” not updating … some of the plug-ins are no long going to function. I attempted a “quick and foolish” forced PHP upgrade last week and it completely crashed the site. thinkingIn other words, a complete redesign is going to be needed before too long. Depressingly for me, there aren’t any WordPress themes that will keep things the same. What to do, what to do???

EDIT add: An if all this wasn’t enough tech maintenance to deal with, Twitter (now X) continues to mess with their API and it is truly dead for WP to Twitter posting.


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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