I’d just like to mention – before we go any further – that you’ll probably find this website to be in a number of ways more than a typical blog, quite unlike a multitude of others built on a WordPress CMS.
You see this website is primarily a strategic marketing environment, rather than a typical blog.
Yes I appreciate that you might say that it’s a bit cluttery; and I’m fully aware that it’s not optimised toward selling product to the exclusion of all else. This strategic environment is content-based; so although it is geared at least partially towards selling product – on both a personal and an affiliate level – it also seeks to entertain and enlighten you in doing so. – This is otherwise known, in the vernacular, as killing two birds with one stone.
And there are aesthetics and cosmetics – because what is showbiz without aesthetics and cosmetics? At best it then becomes drab showbiz, if lacking the fancy trimmings. Yes those trimmings may make it look “cluttered” to the critical eye; but they stop it from looking bland and sterile.
OK there’s a lot to do with business and computers on this site. – There’s a lot to do with business and computers in showbiz too.
Part of a conversation that I had with a viewer who was also an amateur web-designer using Joomla went like this: –
Third party: “You [say/think you’re] an expert in coding? …’Cause what I’m seeing maybe due to the “hacking” or simple config issues.
- 1. Every top menu item opens a new tab (even if you click on “start” you get a new tab with the start page)
- 2. ‘Top menu menu position isn’t consistent. On buggerallon.tv [Home Page] the menu is at the top. – ‘Click on “Start” or any other item and the menu is below the top image.
- 3. On the tags page, there’s no top menu at all.
– And I hope you don’t mind me saying so, (apologies in advance if I offend you) but in general the theme is a mess. ‘Looks like we’re back in the 90’s (but hey i’m from 83 so i kinda understand). Ooh and that color scheme! But hey, if you like it 🙂
I’m going to assume that those are some of the main points that people would bring up about this site. – And I’ll deal with them in reverse order: –
Starting with “the theme is a mess. ‘Looks like we’re back in the 90’s”
‘Interesting that; because the theme is in fact the TwentyFifteen theme by the WordPress blog Team. – I’ve just customised it a lot.
I’m sure the WordPress team will be interested to know that one of their default themes is a throwback to the 1990s in your opinion. Having said that the person did go on to say, later in the conversation, “There are a couple good things too: “SSL, and it’s a responsive theme.”
– This person needs to make up their mind. – Particularly when, almost in the next breath, they go on to state:-
“I have no experience with WordPress, and I honestly don’t want to. Too much security problems, sites get hacked & probed left and right, daily. – Even sites of mine that don’t use WP at all get probed for wp admin login lol.”
So despite having no experience with WP this person thinks that it’s rubbish eh? – Because someone told them so or they read something somewhere. – That’s just an uneducated opinion; “knowledge” based upon rumour.
– You have sites that don’t use WordPress that get probed for wp-admin login? Are you on drugs? OK so you don’t like my gold & mahogany-based colour-scheme. – ‘Tough.
Point #2 that the third party mentioned was: “‘Top menu menu position isn’t consistent. On buggerallon.tv [Home Page] the menu is at the top. – ‘Click on “Start” or any other item and the menu is below the top image.“
‘Correct. – And your point? The exact positioning of the top menu bar depends upon the template used for that particular page or post. It’s varied for a reason.
Let me ask you: When you go into a store or supermarket, why isn’t every aisle identical in appearance? Answer that and you’ll have the answer to why my online store’s pages aren’t all identical. You’re obviously not skilled in retail.
There’s a special layout for the unique Home Page. In your simplistic world you’d use the same identical page template for the Home Page, and all the other pages too – as per the standard original WordPress layout that is neither retail-friendly nor a good layout in all practicality.
Would your store-front – if you were running a real-world brick-and-mortar store – look exactly like every one of your aisles? Of course not. Why do you expect my store-front to look exactly like every other one of my pages? – You’re thinking inside the box. You have limited imagination.
Point #1 that the third party mentioned was: “On the tags page, there’s no top menu at all.”
Correct. Why do you want a top menu on the tags page? It’s a tags page; not a top menu page. If it has a top menu it encourages you to click away from it. You went there to look at tags, not the top menu.
My squeeze pages and many of my articles also have no top menu. The squeeze-pages exist to introduce you to the sales process for a certain product relevant to that particular squeeze page. Many of the articles are geared towards product promotion and/or to getting the reader to enter a sales funnel. They do not exist for the purpose of clicking away from them or being distracted away from them. The distraction of a top menu gives the reader incentive to click to another page without reading any of the content of the page they just arrived at. – It’s an ultimate instant-distraction. The intent is to turn the readerr into a customer rather than encourage them to click around randomly.
In the same way a populated sidebar adds to the distraction whilst the reader/customer is reading. – That’s why there is very little in the sidebar that accompanies many articles and squeeze pages. Again I want to encourage the reader to read the material of the article, not to read something else and/or find a link to make them click away from it. You really do have very little retail experience, and you lack the ability to think outside the box.
I updated this article. I wrote extra content for the sake of clarity.
In the first draft and original publication I became despondent: I really felt that I was throwing my pearls before swine; that I was giving away for free the knowledge and common-sense approach that I’d learned and paid good money to be trained in. Not only that but I was giving it away in an article that I’d written in the main for the enlightenment of a reader who not only clearly had very little in the way of experience, education, and previous enlightenment – despite claiming to be a coder and a web designer – but also someone who expected everything to be free, who encouraged the use of free products for the very reason that they cost nothing financially, and had a sense of entitlement and expectation of the world owing them a living. I felt that I was wasting my time and talent on such a person and on such people; the enlightenment of whom would involve a lot more than the impartation of a little knowledge: It would involve deprogramming and a total re-education. – That’s well beyond my capabilities; particularly when there is no financial incentive whatsoever…
And so I sort of gave up part-way through and summarised what remained.
Look you may see me as callous and profit-driven; but I see such individuals as overprivileged, spoiled, miseducated, and freeloaders, who have very little value to society and threaten the continuation and forward-progression of the Human race. I don’t do things for free – at least very rarely these days – because of such people, who keep taking and taking, expecting more and more for free, and then complaining about the free product and slagging it off – attempting to give it and me a bad reputation – because the free content doesn’t agree with their pre-learned and mal-informed life values. – Maybe they should ask for a refund? 🙂 Maybe I should have just said “It’s free: If you’re not happy with it either pay me for something better or fuck off.” – It makes me angry.
Perhaps I’m just getting bitter in my old age? – Or maybe I’m learning something that I should have learned years ago? – But anyway this site, and most of its content, is largely still free to view. – For the time being at least.
This site is made for you to enjoy, to be entertained. It’s also designed to sell product to you. Not everybody is going to like it… But like I said earlier in this article; this “blog” is more than a typical blog.
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