The other day, I read this article about WordPress and it’s interface history. The first screenshots made me very nostalgic. I started out using blogger, then greymatter, then b2, and finally WordPress. Back then, there were no tags, no multiple categories per post, no themes, no plugins. You had to use a my-hacks.php to have plugin functionality. It was very simple.
Plugins, while great, can sometimes have a downside. I’ve often put off upgrading my sites to the newest versions because the plugin authors stopped working on the plugins and so the plugins do not work in the new version. I used to enter books I’ve read by hand on a page, then I tried the Now Reading plugin. I had to edit it some to look like I wanted, then there were new versions of it and then new versions of WordPress and years have gone by since I last entered a book. I’ve been keeping track somewhat on paper but I know I’ve missed some books. If I had just kept with updating my simple list of titles with authors, organized by months, then I would have most likely kept it updated.
I’ll be going through my list of 25 activated plugins and decide which ones I can do without to hopefully get the list shorter. More simplifying.