WordPress Update Merry-Go-Round

The good – Improvements?

The bad – Their updates break my theme

The ugly – I’ll waste time updating my theme


I just upgraded this blog’s WordPress software to version 2.7.1 two weeks ago. Unfortunately, it broke parts of my custom theme I worked so hard to create. To fix it will require several hours of work. It seems to be a php and code words issue.

Today I see that WordPress has released version 2.8, and I’m being encouraged to update my WordPress installation, again. Hmm. Do I want to do that? Will upgrading to 2.8 break the remaining bits of my theme that still work?

I hate how the computer hardware and software industry is constantly updating its products to make minor improvements, and (sometimes major) bug fixes. Why can’t they just get it right the first time?

Of course, upgrading hardware always costs money, plus your time to buy and install the new stuff. To add insult to injury, you are then forced to relegate, what is often times, still perfectly good hardware to the trash heap. Oh, the high cost of living on the bleeding edge of technology. I try to avoid it at all costs.

Major software upgrades usually cost money, while bug fixes are usually free, as they should be. But, of course, software companies seem to find a way to make money off of their bug fix releases, by adding or “improving” a feature or two and marketing the new release as a “major upgrade.” What a crock of BS! The consumer ends up paying to be a beta tester.

Fortunately, WordPress is free software. The only expense for me will be my time, which really isn’t free. I would rather “spend” my time doing things that are much more enjoyable than installing software upgrades.

Oh well, such is life in this “new and improved” high-tech society that we live in today. I shudder to think what it will be like 20 years from now.


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