To start out, I’m a total newbie on WordPress. I have never owned a blog before. I have never coded. I have really NO idea what I’m doing.
Yesterday, I decide I wanted to switch my child theme – YAY!!!
So off I went, and found myself a cute and feminine theme, bought it (it wasn’t too expensive) and tried to install it.
Here we go. Apparently I already made a mistake by uploading the entire zip file. Because I got an error message – Can’t Install – Destination folder already exists. Happy times!!!!
After googling the shit out of it I found out I needed to go to my FTP server to delete the file there, and upload it again the right way.
FTP server????? WTF!!!
I had no idea what an FTP server was nor how to get there. Again googling…
Downloaded FileZilla, apparently needed that to get to my FTP server, but also needed stuff like server address, etc. which I didn’t have. More googling ensued.
At that point, I’m already quite hassled and in the mood to threw my computer out the window.
Interesting enough somehow, without doing anything on FTP yet, my child theme appeared on my WP account, ready for me to activate it.
But when I activated it, my former nicely set up blog is all jumbled and disarranged. But I knew that a new theme would do that. So I wasn’t too much shocked – Yeah, no, I hated that it was one big mess. I thought maybe, I would be a exception and my new layout would miraculously look good from the get-go. I was WRONG!!!
Sucking it up, I tried to customize it, but there were NO customize buttons. Just a blank page and a blank sidebar.
And here we come to the gist of things.
I feel utterly helpless, stupid, aggravated, even more stupid and PISSED OFF.
I understand that a new theme would have taken some reorganizing etc. That was totally fine with me. But having to find out how to delete stuff on a server, because I stupidly downloaded a zip file the wrong way, was quite out of my league. I needed a HELP phone line. Someone that could guide me through, step for step.
Why aren’t there any experts out there that do this for a living? Helping novices like me to get shit done. I would have even paid for it, just to get it off my back.
Honestly at this point I have no idea how to go forward. I would love to ask for my money back. Just because I will NEVER get it running without help. That’s a guarantee. But maybe the low price should have been an sign right there.
Anyway, I’m giving up on the new theme. I might shop around this weekend for something ‘better’ – a theme with fool-proof installation for idiots like me.
So, happy Saturday everyone!!! Wish you a nice, relaxing one. Let’s see if my computer survives the weekend.