I’ve been using WordPress for a while now, mainly to set other people up with simple blog sites, but the more the more I’ve done that, the more I’ve started really liking it.
But, one thing I don’t like about it, is, it’s better on Linux than Windows. 🙁 Which normally wouldn’t be an issue, but as I develop in ASP.NET (3.5 / 4.5 / Core) using C#, I don’t have much in the way of Linux support, other than through Mono, and as I use WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) to communication with old school XML SOAP based Web Services, that’s one of the parts Mono really fails at. So I’ve also gone for Windows hosting.
But, WordPress and Windows go together like Baileys and Lime (Unless you like Cement!).
It all seems to work properly, in fact it does! There’s generally no problems at all with it. Unless you want to upgrade Plugins, or the whole installation, then you’re done for! Every time you install a Plugin of reasonable size (Jetpack, WooCommerce), it will hang and seem to do nothing, if you refresh the page, you’ll get an Error 500, go back to the original site, it’ll load, go into the Dashboard and you’ll see a Failed Plugin installation, again and again. You quite literally have to remove the plugin and re-install it to get the best change to make it work.
Or, in my case, forget it and buy a Linux host! Straight away you’ll notice the difference, speedier installation and every plugin installs with no problem! Which then leads me onto the Network installation of WordPress, i.e. self-hosted WordPress.com! I love it! I just wished it had support for the child sites to install their own Themes, hopefully that’ll be a new feature in v5! But in the meantime, only the Network super-admin has rights to install Plug-ins and Themes, and if the Network super-admin Network Activates a theme, the child sites have no choice but to have them Active, whilst if they are not Network Active, the child sites can Activate / Deactivate them. Not all Plugins are Network Install compatible.
So, I’ve decided to go for the whole kit and caboodle and go for a decent Linux host with lots of resources and setup ptrsites.com which I’ll dedicate to WordPress sites, be-it little Blog sites, all the way through to eCommerce sites with Forums and Communities.
If you have a current WordPress site that you want to save money on, check back soon for some highly competitive, no silly deals where you get the website for £1/month, then the following year it’s £8/month or something stupid like that, I’m going for simple, straight forward tiered pricing with your own domain name support too, and as I’m a GoDaddy Pro, I can do all the putting the things in the basket for you, you’ll just have to pay! The only issue at the moment is, I am busy, busy, busy!