Today I led a workshop to introduce folks to WordPress. Here are some quick reactions I had.
I installed ten fresh WordPresses on a single shared hosting plan for users to going through exercises in the admin interface with me in realtime. Either the server could not deal with 20 concurrent users or the local network couldn’t. Hosting is still hard 😤
We often use “WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org” to describe the difference between running a site on WordPress.com and the limits that imposes vs. running a site with a more liberal web host. I get the spirit of the comparison, but it’s confusing. For example, managed WP hosts may blacklist plugins, so WP.com is not the only one that has a “walled garden.” Some other metaphor like a “spectrum of control” is probably more to the point, with WordPress.com being at one end, owning your own datacenter at the other, and most web hosts in the middle.
I have no clue what the difference is between Categories and Tags. On the version 2.3 page (when Tags were introduced) “Web” is an example category and “web development on windows” is a tag. The distinction I glean from this is categories are to be typed uppercase and tags lowercase. Suffice to say I’ll be removing the Tags feature from my blog.
I found it intensely useful to take off my developer hat for a morning and get into the mindset of a user of software I work on, and see the inventive solutions of users without writing a line code.