I promised to share my experience switching from the WP Premium to the Pro plan. As I shared earlier last week, WP has done away with the majority of plans, leaving only the free plan and WP Pro plan to choose from.
The Pro plan keeps you on wordpress.com. You have a domain name and the functionality of plugins and a plethora of themes to choose from.
If you decide to upgrade from free to WP Pro, select a theme that is easy to work with. The first theme I chose was too busy, and I didn’t have enough commenting capabilities. I switched to the Astra theme, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve used Astra before, on the old business plan, but this plan is so much better. For $180 a year, it’s totally worth the upgrade.
I had so many issues on WP the last few years with the themes. Things would quit working and I had to switch several times. I don’t have evidence to back this up, but I believe the old themes are going away. Everything I’ve read points to the FSE themes as the future of WP blogging. The theme creators are working diligently to keep their themes up to date with the latest changes. By the way, Astra works like the themes we’re all used to on WP.com.
That’s why many of the theme makers have embraced Gutenberg and the block system. The Astra theme has integrated so many outstanding features in the free version of the theme. I can change colors and the fonts, which are not available in most of the free wp.org themes. I also could use CSS codes to add some additional colors to the theme. My only issue is the centering of images. I’ll have to contact WP for help with the CSS code for that issue.
You can buy a lifetime license for the Astra theme for $249.00. Otherwise, pay a yearly fee to upgrade to Astra Professional version. Right now, I’ll stay with the free version of Astra. Do your research before selecting a theme. Check out the themes on WP.org HERE.
I also took advantage of the plugin called MailPoet which integrates with WP and my blog. I’ve got a new sign up form on the blog and will continue to email each week after the challenge post has posted so you won’t have to look any further than your inbox to jump into writing syllabic poetry with me. My email from MailerLite has been discontinued.
Research the plugins you use before you install them and keep your plugins to a minimum.
My blog functionality has improved 100% since I switched to the Pro plan. I don’t have any lag time for loading images like I used to. Also, I’m able to use the Firefox browser again. I don’t enjoy using Chrome, as I was forced to do with the old premium plan. I don’t know why this is. I can only share my experiences with you.
I have a lot of exciting news happening on the blog this week. I hope you will all stay tuned for the magic!