Now for this month’s insecurity: I don’t know if I’ll ever master WordPress. If you’ve been here before, you probably know I’m moving so I can keep all the profits from images and content I post. On Blogger, they can repost anything for their own gain. However, WordPress is way more difficult than Blogger. It takes a lot of plugins to approach anywhere near all the layout and posting options that come standard in Blogger.
1. Before I even got this WordPress site finished, I got hacked. 62 new admins in one day. The first 3 posted spam with links to all kinds of other sites. You heard about the Russians hacking millions of sites last month, right? Sherahart.net was one.
2. I stayed up almost 24 hours/day for 4 days straight trying to secure my website. By then, I got sick and realized I’m too old to handle all this stuff. At least I found some security plugins that work. I’m still getting about 60 notices/day of people trying to hack my site via the invalid username route. Now they get locked out.
3. All this happened while I was trying to set up an author co-op for my kid lit author blog partners and me. I had just added them as users when I had to delete them in case the hackers were using their usernames to get in. Even though I added them all back, I don’t think any have succeeded in logging in with the stronger security in place. GAA!
4. I bought a theme called Velocity that should have been great for our author co-op. It’s responsive, it has sliders, and it has woo commerce plus mega-menus so each of us can have our own author pages. Unfortunately, the theme is so buggy I can’t even make my site title and tagline show, let alone my background image. So far, I’ve gotten no help other than a suggestion to hire someone to customize my site.
5. No thanks to 1-4, I’m not ready to publish my mom’s picture book. And my next trip to visit her is this month.
The pictures are ready. Until all the crap above happened, I was going to do a cover reveal here. Maybe next month.
So here’s my one big accomplishment to show after all the time and money I’ve spent trying to fix my website. It’s not even my own accomplishment since I had to hire an artist. Actually two. But I did design it. Thanks to Fiverr, I have a new logo!
It’s meant to show that I’m sharing my heart worldwide via books. In case you can’t tell, I love anything related to outer space. SF and fantasy are the two genres that started my reading habit, and I can’t imagine a world without books. Bottom line (pun intended): writing is an art that’s meant to be shared.
Now you know my insecurities. What are yours?