I decided I wanted a different theme. The custom gallery plugin I was using wasn’t going to work with a new theme (unless I paid them to customize it). So I modified that post and changed themes.
Simple right? Absolutely! Did it work? Hell no. I changed to another popular theme called Montezuma. The theme looks nice in all the example pictures, of course. Text only posts worked great. My first order of business was to update my old post about the gallery plugin. As soon as I did that, everything hit the fan. This theme doesn’t support preview images in Google Chrome. The image it tries to show above your post preview text on the main page ends up overlapping and covering most if not all of the text.
It is pretty shocking that the author of the theme didn’t think to test his theme in Chrome. Multiple people were reporting the issue, and it still haven’t been resolved since September, when the theme went live. It is very annoying to me that it appears the theme went up, and the author didn’t feel like supporting it, and instead of stating there were issues or taking it down, he just left it there for anyone to install thinking it would work. You can go to the author’s site now, and find that he is updating other themes, as recently as last week, yet he is neglecting the Montezuma theme. I tried another theme of his, which is currently active on the site called Atahualpa.
Atahualpa is nice, but clearly some features were made for new users. He made save/submit buttons huge for the internal theme pages. He also color coded buttons green (save/submit) and red (reset/cancel). While I can see it helping new users, I know what I want to do, and don’t need a button this big to save my changes:
One issue I had with Drupal was the number of security updates I was emailed about. It seemed at least once every week I would get an email about a critical bug in a supported third party plugin. Most of the time it was some minor plugin that I didn’t use, and probably wouldn’t.
A few times though it was a more common/popular plugin. Those times were interesting. You often were left with two options, keep running it knowing your site is insecure, or disable it and worry about your site breaking.
Today’s WordPress update was nothing major, it was for a plugin I installed. I am not currently using (deactivated) the plugin, but I was still notified I needed to update it. The update added an additional language pack.
I guess my next goal is to locate the security mailing list for WordPress so I get email notifications when they identify issues. My only disappointment with the update was that it had no classification. It would be nice to have a listing of priority/security updates and then a separate list for optional updates.
I ran into an issue with a plugin and themes yesterday.
I checked out the Gallery plugin. It was not compatible with the theme I wanted to use. They do offer a $10 service to convert it to work with the theme you like.
At work we have discussed different situations and issues, and so far the typical response from other users online has been to spend money to fix issues you run into. Typically it is to pay for a better plugin, or to pay for a service. While this works in a corporate setting with a large budget, when the economy is still down there should be a better answer.
It appears most plugin/theme makers only aim to have the most basic installation of WordPress work with this addons. I am sure Drupal has some similar issues, but it seemed to promote everything working properly even with addons installed much better.
Here is the Gallery plugin working with the default WordPress twenty twelve theme:
I uninstalled it. Being forced to use the default theme was something I didn’t want to deal with.
Below is the same image without plugin.