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  1. pritzker58
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have, finally, straightened out my username/password. But when I go to post I'm told I don't have the right permissions. When I try to find out how to fix this, I get all involved with MySQL and PHP and Myadmin. I DON'T CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF. I just want to get my blog up and running.

    Is there a way to start again? Trash everything and reinstall? I mostly just want to keep my blog name.

    If this doesn't work I'm going to give it up and switch over to Blogger, which I don't want to do. But I haven't got the time and/or brains to deal with all the technical stuff.

    Please?

    Bill

  2. gMk
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If you can't get it to work at least try at wordpress.com before selling your soul to the devil at blogger :)

  3. ergate
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    What is the wrong permissions message you are given?
    Are you logging in as admin, or have you created a seperate account?

  4. pritzker58
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I CAN'T log in at WordPress.com. I get the same stupid popup saying that the login is wrong. Different logins for wp.org and wp.com? This is why I'm trashing this mess. Who needs it? I'm not interested in geeky stuff.

    If we were back in the days of typewriters, would anyone expect me to be able to repair an IBM Selectric, or even an old Underwood?

    Thanks for responding, but this whole thing is taking up too much of my time and effort, to say nothing raising my frustration level.

  5. ergate
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    wordpress.com and wordpress.org are two different animals. wordpress.org is a support forum for a script, and wordpress.com is a free blog service (happens to use software based on wordpress and is setup run monkeyed with by the same people who make wordpress). So if you want an account at wordpress.com you need to sign up, its very easy (actually easier then blogger).

    If you can post the error you are recieving on your own install maybe we can help.
    You can also trash the install and start over, thats not difficult either.

  6. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    If we were back in the days of typewriters, would anyone expect me to be able to repair an IBM Selectric, or even an old Underwood?

    Yes, if it were broken. Unless you wanted to pay somebody else to repair it for you.

  7. billh
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    "When I try to find out how to fix this, I get all involved with MySQL and PHP and Myadmin. I DON'T CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF. I just want to get my blog up and running."

    You will have to learn the rudiments of these things in order to set up your WordPress blog on your own domain. Either that or you'll have to get someone to do it for you. Kind of like: you can service your car or you can get someone to service it for you.

    "I CAN'T log in at WordPress.com. I get the same stupid popup saying that the login is wrong. Different logins for wp.org and wp.com? This is why I'm trashing this mess. Who needs it? I'm not interested in geeky stuff."

    Well, it isn't really geeky. If you still think it is, try logging on to whitehouse.gov and then go to whitehouse.com - you'll find the content a little bit different! While not as much of a difference in content, there IS a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

    By the way, did you sign up for a WordPress blog at WordPress.com or did you set up WordPress on your own domain? Huge difference, that.

  8. pritzker58
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks to all for your interest and advice (although the idea that anyone would expect a writer to repair a typewriter is ludicrous; because I drive a car, would you expect me to be able to fix, say, my own transmission? of course you'd have to pay someone else. Otherwise we'd all be self-sufficient. And totally unproductive.)

    That being said, I'm just more interested in writing than in programming, so it's off to Blogger I go, devil or no devil.

    Thanks again.

  9. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Wow. This was a pointless thread.

  10. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, first off, instead of going to blogger, I'd suggest signing up for a WordPress.com account. As stated above, this is a different account than the one you have at WordPress.org, which may have been the source of some of your confusion.

    although the idea that anyone would expect a writer to repair a typewriter is ludicrous; because I drive a car, would you expect me to be able to fix, say, my own transmission? of course you'd have to pay someone else. Otherwise we'd all be self-sufficient. And totally unproductive.

    I see your point, but at the same time, I can repair a transmission. Frankly, I think Heinlein said it best:

    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

    This is a support forum, full of people who know the code and the tech stuff. If you ask a question here, you should expect a technical answer. That's all I'm saying. You may not be happy with the answer, but then you can always pay somebody to fix your problem for you. The forum is free.

  11. pritzker58
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I'm not very computer-savvy, as you note, but I've always been a betting man. And I'll give real good odds against your being able to find anyone - ANYONE - who can do a COMPETENT JOB in all these areas. How many people have written decent sonnets? A dozen? Fifty? A hundred? and can you imagine any of them, other than Williams, and perhaps cummings, setting a bone?

    The last time the world was that comprehensible was probably during the early 17th century. Perhaps, perhaps, during the Enlightenment.

    This is typical Heinlein pointless romanticism.

    Much like the deliberate use of the alternate, and almost never seen, spelling of "con."

    Thanks very much, but I'm outta here like Vladimir.

    Cheers.

  12. Trent Adams
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ok enough everyone, please! Let's get back to business! Agree to disagree!

  13. yosemite
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    [ruminant sarcasm deleted]

  14. stikguy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Guys,
    I just wanted to say this short bout of frustration...response...Wash rinse repeat. Made me laugh out loud.
    I learned to type on an Underwood, (not many people even remember what one is) and emphathize with the poster....but the Heinlin quote...great!
    At times understanding a techie answer to an analog brain like mine can be challenging but with patience, (from everyone) resolvable.
    As another respected author said
    " Go not to the Elves for advice, they will say both yes and no. For advice is a dangerous gift....
    Even from the wise to the wise.
    (now if I could just figure how to change the background on my kubrick theme)
    Stikguy

  15. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    We need a forum called WordPoppycock, similar to TextDrivel on the TextDrive forums. :o) I nominate this thread for that one.

  16. ergate
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The point about this thread is, there were simple questions asked to the person claiming to need help, not answered. He is also claiming that he had problems getting non-geeky answers. Doesnt answer any of the questions that can lead to helping solve the problems and get the blog up and running.
    If you answer some of the questions (near the beginning) maybe we can help you.

    Heinlein quote: The way I always understood this, after reading lots of books by the "dirty old man", was its not if you can actually do all of that, but it is the knowing that you can do anything, if you have to learn how to fix a transmission you will learn it, if you have to set a bone you learn how to set that bone, etc etc.

    Even though I have never done it, I but f I have to write a sonnet by tomorrow, by God I will write that sonnet. (although it would probably be more of up a limerick)

  17. maerk
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks very much, but I'm outta here like Vladimir.

    This guy is clearly a literary genius. WordPress has lost one of its brightest stars.

  18. maerk
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Just re-read my post above. That's quite rude, isn't it? I didn't mean it to sound so hostile. I know that it's really nasty when people turn against you on the internet, so pritzker58, I hold my hat in my hands: I apologise most humbly to you.

    It sounds like maybe self-hosted WordPress isn't for you. Getting it up and running on a site of your own is gonna involve some messing about with code, either by you or someone else.

    If you still want to use WordPress, you can sign up for a blog at http://wordpress.com. That way, all the code and such is taken care of for you.

    Or you can go to blogger, it's a good service. Not so hot on self-hosted, I found, takes too long to update when you have loads of posts.

    Whatever you decide, I hope it goes well for you.

  19. pritzker58
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Maerk,
    Civility? On the Internet? Be still, my heart.

    Your last post was the most useful information of all, and I'll look into it.

    Blogger leaves a good bit to be desired, but it's easy.

    To all of you who responded, and tried to help, please understand that, from the very beginning, I knew, and admitted, that the flaws were in my internal wiring, not WordPress.

    It's actually a good topic for a discussion. Is the difficulty a result of the subject, or is most tech writing so poor that it makes the subject unnecessarily obscure?

    In my case, probably a combination of the two.
    Thanks very much.

    Bill (not really Vladimir. Not even Vlad Guerrero.)

  20. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Is the difficulty a result of the subject, or is most tech writing so poor that it makes the subject unnecessarily obscure?

    The latter would be the case. :o) But we're trying to ease that problem here, which is why we have the forum. It serves as an augmentation to the codex. Bill, I was completely new to PHP when I started. I came here from pure HTML. After reading many courses in the codex and spending a few hours on this forum, I felt thoroughly comfortable in this new coding environment. That's not to say the learning curve is slow; that's simply how I had to go about doing it. I'm the kind of person who doesn't just want to know what to do; I also want to know why that solution works. So it took me longer than usual to get it down. I wish you good times and happy blogging at Blogger (wordpress.com is still a good choice, too, as you don't have to touch one line of code); I am sorry WP didn't work out for you.

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