The Trouble with Growing Pains

If you click here and are on a computer, you’ll see a bar with a little rounded arrow that slides the project to the left and into the menu. When I was first exploring this theme, that’s what it said it’d do with the blog posts.

I freaking loved it, so I selected the theme and now I can’t flipping find it again and I feel like this is all stubbed nonsense. The theme is about showing off portfolios. I think. 

I can’t remember.  But that’s what I want this to do. 

Roll the posts back into the side bar and out again if people would like to view them. I’d like the side bar to have links separated into like menus.

It just occurred to me how I might accomplish that second point, I will give it a shot. Worst that could happen is I start rage drinking, right?

The guides and how tos for both the theme and most things wordpress are half a decade old. They tell you to go through your control panel to change your theme. Or tell you to go through customization but then reference an option choice that isn’t there. Leaving me sitting at my computer feeling like a flipping idiot.

I used to do html coding. It was awkward and clunky and looked like a fourteen year old had done it. In my defense, though, I was fourteen at the time. I’m not stupid, I know how layouts and some coding works and I do know how to use Google to research what I need to be able to do other things. 

But freaking wordpress is a dead end? 

The problem may be that I don’t know what to call what I want to do. That happens all the time. I’m not entrenched in the world, I don’t know the jargon, it happens. 

But when your sample overlaid on my blog has the wheeling in and out of the blog posts, I expect the live version to do the same! 

Even researching the theme by name and asking for help, I got ads for the theme instead. I got places to purchase the theme, none of which appear to be the theme I’m looking for despite altering my terms to include wordpress. 

So, apparently, overnight my blog had no blog posts. Or pages. Or anything. Not because I set it and just walked away, I had been playing with it. But I thought at least the recent posts had taken to the sidebar.

I just want to shout at my screen, but as the floor/ceiling of my apartment is thin, I don’t want to wake anyone up. 

And the above? Is a portfolio. I thought if I added it, I’d be able to link it to the front page. Why allow me to host portfolios if you aren’t going to let me link them directly to the front page? Why would I go through a secondary page to link to a specialized page in the..

 Ugh.

Don’t worry, I’m not just going to keep screaming at my screen. I’m going to look into a new theme. Several of them did boast about the portfolios being shown off on the home page and I’m hoping they aren’t jerking me around, or are stripped away to nothing by wordpress’s  “customization” option. Remember years ago when customization on a blog meant actual customization? When did wordpress become LiveJournal?

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