In the coming week the blog will be changed, I have decided to change the theme to the standard WordPress theme so that I no longer have problems updating the purchased or donated themes. It is worth giving up the blog for a few months, so it is simply impossible to update it in the mind so that nothing breaks. Still, the standard themes are professionally developed and maintained, and you can just trust them.
In general, I should develop my own theme, otherwise it turns out like a shoemaker without boots. Spending so much time on site development and not publishing my own theme … 😀 Several times I tried to create a theme from scratch, tweaked it, twisted it, and then I realized there was no point wasting time on what I’m not an expert or else I’m going to have to spend time learning things that overall will not bring any benefit in life. So I live, with thoughts, dreams.
I got rid of a number of unnecessary plugins on my blog, cleaned up irrelevant topics that were already written five years ago that are no longer useful. People write in the comments, ask questions in the spirit of “not working now”, this and that, but I don’t see much to update the material, so it’s easier to remove and to forget, start all over again.
Yesterday while preparing an article on Coach.me, I stumbled upon the goal of keeping a journal regularly, I used the Journey app for this, while also researching another great app – Focus. It allows you to block all the entertaining and distracting sites, such as social media, Telegram, WhatsApp during working hours, so that you don’t waste time on them.
When I try to access one of the blocked sites I get a quote from a famous person, but it seemed to me that their number was not enough and I remembered a note on 89 quotes from Paulo Coelho and, without delay, took all the interesting quotes and added them to the Focus app.
Now it looks something like this if I try to open a social network during working hours on my laptop:
And then I had an idea – why not write a plugin that doesn’t display the interesting quotes randomly (or, say, at a certain place by me) on the blog? I wrote it for myself as a task for the near future and then started looking for plugins out of the box and there were some. True, as it often happens, the plugin does not support the Russian language at all, and the ready-made quote set is rather rare there.
There was an interesting plugin option that loaded quotes from a third party blog. I looked at his code in the WordPress repository and immediately offered to help the plugin authors improve it. I sent them a request and waited until there was no response, but I don’t think they’ll respond to me quickly, so I still have to create my own plugin.
The idea of the near future was therefore born. A dozen ideas for improvement immediately accumulated, what to draw on, how to add, how to display, whether to display in the sidebar, or only in articles, whether to display one at random, whether a shortcode is necessary and stuff like that. I created a task in Trello and decided to sleep with it for several days to make sure it was timely.
If you suddenly move, the blog will soon post quotes that I find interesting, useful, and personally motivating me. And there maybe everything will be useful to you. More plugins, more value for people.
He also felt an incredible sense of shame for his carelessness in working on a friend’s website. He needed to quickly set up the theme and update the site, which I have been doing for a few nights. They did everything pretty quickly, both were happy and today it was enough to transfer the settings to the main site …
But things did not go as planned. We used a premium theme with flexible customization, but in addition there was a PageBuilder plugin that allows you to move blocks in real time directly on the site. It all looked very cool, I looked at the settings – it was possible to export everything to a file and import it to the main site.
I didn’t mind for a long time, pulled the topic to the main site, imported the settings, then … just made a mistake in the tab and deleted everything on the development version of the site, not having time to apply the changes on the new one. It was the craziest regret, which I immediately wrote to the site owner and tried to restore everything quickly.
Yes, it would look perfect if I had a backup of the staging site, but who does them? I’m sure no one. Backups are configured only for production sites and no one saves development versions. It played a cruel joke on me. Almost a day of my friend’s time had to be thrown in the trash. I was ready to do anything to get the site up and running today.
But, as it turned out, the settings were still partially copied, and it only remained to visually tinker with the new site to bring it to life. It took her a little under an hour to recreate the state of yesterday’s work, and a stone fell from my shoulders.
In fact, I am writing this further in order to make sure once again that it is impossible to keep everything in mind and for all tasks you need to have a clear plan of step by step actions, which must be followed, and not blindly believe your intuition and professionalism. Anyone can be wrong, so I was wrong 😀
I hope that in the future such situations will not happen to me.