I hate Wordpress. Just hate working with it. HATE!
I had been blogging for 7 years when I decided to take make a change with my review blog (AnnAgainandagainReviews.com). I had read so many testimonials from other Bloggers who said how much they loved WordPress and how it helped them gain exposure and generate more income. Cool! I had been with Blogger since my beginning and was getting spooked by many who claim Blogger would "do me wrong" somehow. I felt confident that it was time to make a switch so, with the help of a professional, I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress.org 1 year ago. And... I've regretted it ever since.
Do you like code? Are you technical? Well then WordPress is the place for you!
Hey, after being on Blogger for 7 years of course I changed code in my program and added things to my site so I thought being on WordPress would be no problem. But crap! WP is not for the faint of heart, or perhaps I just wasn't loaded with the WP gene. After being with my new host for a couple of weeks I did a plug-in update and *boom*. My site was gone. After generous help from a fellow Blogger, and guidance from my domain host tech, 2 hours later it was back. My first plug-in update?! And it crashes?!? I was not pleased.
As the months rolled along I tried my best to understand how WP works (tutorials, attended a conference, went to Meet Up groups) but I realized it wasn't working for me. And, I was becoming afraid of my blog! How ridiculous is that? Every time it stated that a plug-in needed to be updated I panicked that it would crash my site again. Yes, I have a backup happening but still.
And then, 3 weeks ago, I logged onto my WP self hosted blog and noticed that not only was my background image gone but - my custom made header was gone. The options weren't even there on my dashboard. Just vanished. My domain host couldn't help me. WP forums kept stating that I "must have done something" and the pro that converted my site said that they would charge me $45 to have a look around to see what they could find.
Finally I received help from a patient person in a WordPress.org forum and I, at least, was able to add code to have my header visible. Way too much time spent looking at a dashboard that wasn't making any sense which has lead me to firmly state - I hate WordPress.
For those that enjoy it, more power to ya'. I wish my brain clicked like yours. However, it doesn't, and I'm left with a site that has me logging in with crossed fingers, holding my breath.