I hate WP with a passion now. They pertain to having created something that anyone can use out of the box, this is true. They say you don't need coding experience. Tell that to someone who's spent hours trying to do something only for an error come because he press a space somewhere and ruined the whole thing.Or trying to do an upgrade, or trying a plugin or anything that might break the fragile little system apart.
It's horrible. At first I thought, yeah, great easy to install (takes about 30 seconds). Then I decided to upgrade, and all hell broke loose. Did I back up everything? Yes. Was it useful to backup? About as useful as having a pneumatic drill hammered into your ear hole. The support forums give offer support and those that do help are absolutely superb at it, but it's a volunteer based support system, but at the end of it, you will run in to more problems than you will have time or patience to explain. Chances of having your problem solved are about 50% the other 50% you get a smart comment about it being a beta release, and you can't complain, you knew the risks, why didn't you stick with the original release etc.
While the latter is a fair comment, it's also a poor response and completely negative as to the situation. Why is it so poorly designed in upgrading? Why aren't there more stringent controls with regards to plugins?
I hate messing with databases, I hate PHP code, I am not a coder, I don't want to be one. All I want is a solid system that works for my blogs, that gives me features I want that will allow me to blog, to write repetitious drivel, and write my reviews. I thought WP would be a positive experience, but it's more negative than the last time, which is why I moved to E107. It has more features than a sex droid, and is more stable than most software that I have tried. But it has too many features, and is far too overwhelming.
So I thought I'll go back to WP, after one bad experience, I thought it must be OK by now, they must have made everything easier, worked out the kinks and probably have a fairly up to date, feature rich blog system in place. This is partly true, the features have increased, but the difficult in problem solving and trouble shooting are still an annoyance. I refer back to the upgrading, which is really diabolical from my personal experience. Upload files, go to your browser and you're done. That is unless your page is full of code you don't understand.
I'm at my wits end with regards to the patience I have for software that works, but not quite. The reason for sticking with the latest releases is to keep up with the themes and the plugins being designed and adapated for it. Much of 1.5 is easier than 1.2.2, and although nto stable, it's a far superior product to 1.2.2.
Sorry, I just need to express my frustration and hope someone understands how difficult WP is for someone who has no understanding of code, and how it's quite difficult to really feel you're getting support. Have you thought about a pay-for-support system? It may help people like myself, who find that getting a site up and running the way they want may not be possible through a volunteer forum, where your site is dependent upon the availability of other users to look at your problem, and then view the issue, and decide whether or not they respond to it. By paying you can at least be assured that someone is making money in order to help you, and therefore (in theory) should provide solid support.
Deep down, I'll be honest, having written this, I've exhausted the hot air - I really, really like WP, it's flexible as hell, but I just wish it wasn't so randomly annoying. When it's good, it is brilliant, but when it screws up it's a pain in the ass that causes severe bleeding.
I'm looking forward to 1.5, and now I'll go back to trying to fix the botched upgrade, or move to another system till 1.5 is out. I dunno.
If you read this far, you have too much time on your hands. Go make a tea and read book :)