Beginning November 3, 2018, FocusedandFree.com will no longer be hosted on WordPress.com
There are two reasons for this announcement ;
- The core of WordPress 5.0 will change dramatically, forsaking the classic TinyMCE editor with the new text block editor, Gutenberg.
- The cost of the Premium hosting plan
REGARDING THE FIRST REASON…
I have used text block editors in the past and they are extremely difficult and tedious to work with. The new Gutenberg text block editor is no different. I initially chose WordPress because I like the way it worked. Now that it will no longer work the way I like, there is no reason for me to continue using WordPress.
REGARDING THE SECOND REASON…
There is an old adage that states; “You get what you pay for.”
I LIKE the cost and security that WordPress.com hosting offers — VERY MUCH! But now that I am retired and have a very limited financial income, I can no longer afford the expense of Internet hosting. Cheap hosting is insecure and limited. I’ve been down that road before and it is a major headache trying to maintain website security and integrity. I am unwilling to go down that road again.
When you go cheap, you get cheap. When you go premium, you get premium. Premium hosting removes the work and worry regarding Internet hosting security and maintenance. I can no longer afford premium hosting.
WordPress.com Premium was successfully cancelled. It will be available for use until it expires on November 3, 2018.
THIS BLOG WILL NOT DISAPPEAR ENTIRELY.
It should remain accessible at focusedandfree.wordpress.com. HOWEVER, I cannot say for how long they will keep it on the server, due to the core changes to the program in version 5.0. If it does remain accessible, it will no longer be ad free and the premium theme(s) will no longer be available. This will affect the appearance and functionality of this blog. Additionally, I will no longer be adding new content, due to the removal of the classic text editor in favor of the new block text editor.
Sorry to break the news to you like this on such short notice, but I was waiting to see if WordPress was really going to completely abandon the classic editor. While it will be phased out over time and not immediately, the fact that the new editor changes the core of the WordPress program, means that the classic theme options and features will no longer function properly and/or be supported.
Thank you for your support over the years. It has truly been a joy, privilege, and honor to share my heart and faith with everyone.
Take care and may God bless you and yours, now and forever more.
Karl D Rhoads