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.
We are considering using WordPress at my work, so I figured I should try it for a personal site first. So here we are!
There are a few things I like, and a few I don’t. If I continue this site, I will expand upon those points in future posts.