Xanga was my blogging home for about a decade, and when it was working properly every now and then I was quite fond of it. Technical gurus, though, that bunch never was. Their stuff was broke as often as not, which always left me wondering “Why would I pay these clowns for this?”. When my Premium ran out a few months ago I decided to hang around a bit to see if there was anyone awake at the console… There wasn’t.
Now? Now they’ve breached contracts with every user who ever paid for a Lifetime membership. The deal was and still is simply stated: One Payment for Unlimited Months of Xanga Premium – after initial payment to activate a Lifetime Account, no additional payments will be owed to maintain basic Xanga Premium services on that account. NOT “Pay us this big sum and you can have a premium account until we change our minds about the wisdom of it”. So, breach of contract. Everyone who ever paid for Lifetime is entitled to sue Xanga today without waiting until the Premium account stops working.
If I’d paid for Lifetime, I’d be ready today to haul the clowns into court on July 16th, if they’re not still BAMFs on that date.
So here I am. I hate WordPress, the software, and PHP, the language it’s written in. I hate that so many people believe WordPress to be a suitable substitute for a professionally designed, properly implemented web site. I won’t ever spend a dime on an e-commerce site based upon WordPress. I won’t ever install WordPress on my own servers, mainly because I won’t install PHP on them.
But here I am, because the friends I made at Xanga are important to me, and many of them are blowing into this burg. Hiya, friends and neighbors!