Comments Disabled & Rethinking WordPress

This morning I received the email notification that WordPress had auto-upgraded. Lately, each upgrade has caused issues. This time my AMP pages were throwing 500 errors. In the process of debugging, I deactivated all of my plugins. Upon reactivation Akismet no longer works (you need to upgrade to a paid plan) and some of my other plugins appeared to have lost their settings.

This was the last straw for me with WordPress. It’s wonderful software, and I’m committed to continuing using it as a publishing platform for our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog. However, for my needs it’s wildly overbuilt. The time and effort to keep things status-quo just isn’t worth it.

I’m looking for a super simple, fast, no-database platform that doesn’t need constant maintenance. I’ve been thinking about building one for a while (maybe just for myself, maybe to open source). This convinced me to do it.

I’m not sure when I’ll get to it, so while I stick with WordPress I’ve decided to disable comments and scale back the plugins to the absolute minimum. The reality is that there is very little discussion here these days, and that’s perfectly ok. I’m not sure if comments will ever come back, but if they do it’ll likely be with a third-party service like Disqus.

Whenever I make the transition, I will preserve each and every WordPress post, as I did with the old Blogger posts from 2005 – 2007. I’ll likely convert the posts to static pages using a plugin like Simply Static, and then remove the WordPress installation entirely.

In the meantime, I’ve got a lot to post about. We’re planning to launch a new venture for the first time in a long time, and I’m excited to share that adventure.