WordPress doesn’t get time zones

WordPress apparently has no understanding of time zones, at least in the sense that makes sense – it displays all times in the local time of the viewer (at least, I hope it does… the alternative is that it displays all times as PST, which would be highly suspect). So all my old, imported posts, written way back when I lived in Australia, show up as having been posted about 17 hours ahead of reality.

So no, I didn’t write all my journal entries between midnight and eight in the morning. Just ignore WordPress – try not to make eye contact as you back away, slowly…

Urgh, WordPress theming

Thus far this [long] weekend I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time just trying to make this look good.  Installing WordPress itself is trivial, but then finding a half-decent theme, and then getting that theme to look exactly the way you want, is immensely time consuming and frustrating.

For example, I want icons for each category.  It’s not an original idea – I did as much with my original journal years ago – and you’d think it would be brain-dead simple.  Indeed, this “Suffusion” theme even shows what you’d think are generic, placeholder icons for categories.  All ready to be replaced with the real ones.

Only, not really.  Apparently it just really likes showing these bland default icons repeatedly, redundantly, and in fact without any way to even turn them off (in the sidebar).  WTF.

I’m very quickly getting the feeling that when it comes to WordPress, you either find a theme that is exactly right to begin with, or you just concede defeat.