As this is the last month here at Bloggers Market, the rush is on to tidy things up for the big launch. I’ve got a bunch of pieces going into place and ALL OF THEM REQUIRED NEW TEMPLATES! I thought this would be rather a straight forward process, however I have been taken aback by the amount of work involved in finding something suitable and then in bring it online.
One Big Puzzle
I’ve had to search for all the right pieces to the puzzle for the past year, only to discard some, deploy some, and rebuild a few derelicts that have, for all intents and purposes been abandoned. I’ve had to work about three to four weeks on each one to tweak it to my specs. One took 90 days to totally rebuild. What a pain!
Unsupported Foundation = Weak House
Looking back ……… rather looking forward, I’m not so sure that I want to get any further involved in doing anything what-so-ever with my sites. At first it was a real hoot …. now it’s a time consumer, dealing with derelicts and unsupported messes. I’ve got everything running as it should, but it took me six months to do it. I’m really miffed!!! If I have a theme or template that I build and support. I can build a complete Blog in about 70 hours. So six months kinda surprised me.
Lions And Tigers And API Glitches
I’ve just come off a well supported template that I am planning for a future launch of which I have yet to set a date that had a KILLER API bit.ly configuration error that I thought was going to do me in. I go through something like that and I’m really shy to jump back into the next big thing.
If It Ain’t Broke…
Moral of this post? If it ain’t broke, limp on down the shoulder on the rim for another mile or two. Seriously, before you jump into changing things around at your place, think long and hard about what it is that you wish to accomplish and then provide yourself plenty of time to do the work. And do the work as you continue to manage your existing Blog. Don’t take your Blog down and then go to work on it. Place your new work in a “Test-bed” or “Sandbox” and complete it there before you take yours down. That way you can just switch domains which will take about five minutes. One goes down the other goes up at the same time.
All That Glitters
Remember that “all that glitters is not Gold”, so make sure that you are making the right move by changing themes. And for Goodness sake, do your dead-level best to purchase a premium theme that offers ongoing support. You’ll really thank yourself ( and me ) if you do!