Posted 12 September 2018 - 09:57 AM
I have this simple little blog I write to keep friends and family up to date - Almontage.
If you use WordPress software to write a blog you can have Wordpress host it or you can get your own domain and install the WordPress software there. The first way you have no choice in how your blog looks - Wordpress supplies the theme. In the second case, you can choose a vanilla WordPress theme or install one more to your liking. That is how I handled it and I was happy. The theme I chose is very minimalist - just one column of text - but does what I need.
Now I see the maker of my theme has stopped selling it. That means no more support - but hopefully it'll continue to work with WordPress software updates. They are about to change the whole interface for controlling the blog so we'll see.
I don't mind getting a new theme if I can find one of similar characteristics. I don't need anything complicated as I'm not advertising a product or running a Web store. These themes are not expensive but I need one with long-term support.
Posted 12 September 2018 - 11:19 AM
I use Wordpress (wordpress.com) for my blogs and my website. It's all free for me. There are thousands of available themes that are all free. Anyway, just thought I'd mention this.
http://vtel57.com (redirects to https://vtel57.wordpress.com/)
I also have an inactive blog on Tumblr --> http://tuppence-times.tumblr.com/
Also, I can make/customize my own themes on Wordpress, which I usually do. I've never had any issues with these folks. Great customer support!
Posted 12 September 2018 - 03:41 PM
Unfortunately, I started off using Blogger and had some problems with ID and passwords. I ended up with 2 different blogs and never was able to combine them. At that point, I wanted to get my own domain mainly to host and link images to 3rd party sites as needed. When I did that, I was able to set up the "free" wordpress.org software and choose my own theme and plugins. But if I were starting a blog today for personal use I would no doubt go with wordpress.com.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:19 AM
I had a previous experience with an image server (ImageShack) that must have been the source of PhotoBucket's current business plan. Unfortunately, you can't fully trust any online service. Some are better than others, but all have the potential to fail sometime. This is also the primary reason you will NEVER see me using Cloud services. I want MY STUFF ON MY SYSTEMS!
~ The Crotchety Luddite
Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:12 AM
Really to get the cloud capacity for a huge photo collection you'll need to pay. Free only gets you so far. Even with Photobucket I did pay a little for storage, but they wanted $$$ to have third party site linking.
To be fair to Photobucket they did provide a way to download all my linked photos with no issues.
Posted 05 October 2018 - 08:51 AM
I also note that Photobucket has abandoned its extortionist policies and is again displaying 3rd party embedded photos with a watermark on them instead of breaking all the graphics on the Internet. They have some new plans which are quite affordable for my needs as well. But they lost me as a customer a long time ago and I don't trust them anymore.
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