Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton: Migrating Away from WordPress


In answer to the question, should I migrate away from WordPress now?

Do not migrate to Wix or any other; do make provision for WordPress’s massive security issues; do plan for migration in the future.

wordpress is the “easiest” to get started with. you do not need to rely on a company to host it: it *is* possible to host it yourself, but holy s*** is it one hell of a lot of code.

example: i maintain a stupidly-quick website (0.7
to 1.2 second response time) which is running on *15* year old
hardware.  total number of lines of source code: around 3,000.

when my client asked me to “upgrade” to wordpress i explained to them
that this would involve twelve THOUSAND files, comprising 120
MEGABYTES of source code, to do the exact same job, only with response
times (12 seconds) that would actually destroy their reputation and
jeapordise their business.

the problem is, here, that you’re caught between a rock and a hard place,

* on the one hand WordPress is “dead easy”
* on the other it’s a pile of festering shite with security holes you
could walk a freight train through

what i would advise is: make damn sure that you keep *FULL*
backups on a regular basis, slurping down the entire source code (to
the bedrock, not just of “plugins”) *AND* the entire database, and
perform regular (3-4 monthly) efforts to actually install the entire
wordpress instance in a local Virtual Machine (on your laptop /
desktop, Jack, or even on a backup cloud VM somewhere).

* weekly backups of the actual wordpress source code (get command-line
access to the hosting service, to do this properly)
* DAILY backups (or more) of the database

this will allow you to be “ready to go at a moment’s notice”
if you ever get cut off.  you’ll maybe lose a day to half a day’s

also, by inspecting the differences between backups you’ll be able to
see if anyone’s hacked the system, safely, in an off-line manner.

by the time things move to a peer-distributed discussion platform it
is a completely different ballgame: the only thing being, as you can
see from the size of WordPress, providing the kind of “ease and
convenience” expected should *not* be underestimated.  now add
peer-distributed capability and it’s even more work.   achievable:
yes.  small task: no.

converting to wix or other: you add to the problems, by adding a
postings-conversion / migration process *and* then cannot get hold of
the full source code of the platform, should they ever cut you off.

Jacqueline this should clearly demonstrate the crux of the problem:
entrapment is the goal of the average business.  get you “onto” their
platform so that you have *no choice* but to give them money.

unfortunately, it’s so tempting and so easy to fall into that trap,
based solely on the “features” offered.

ROBERT STEELE: Automattic, the sponsor of both WordPress and JetPack, has lost its way on the ethical front as well as the security front. They deplatformed us from JetPack, which turned out to be a blessing, WPForms is 10000X better than JetPack in all possible respects. While we have not been deplatformed from WordPress, which is ostensibly open source, we have made provision for rapid reconstitution should this happen. Matt Mullenweb is being fucked by the  Zionists with their “hate speech” bullshit, he is going to lose everything at some point if he continues to go down that rabbit hole.