Hi folks - I’m new here, and rather afraid I’ll ask questions that make people’s eyes roll. But my CSE in chat today assured me you’re all friendly and helpful so here goes.
First, some background for context on why I’m in this situation: I’m a random cancer survivor who stumbled into a second career advocating to make healthcare more patient-centered. For years I was rolling along with my own fairly simple WordPress blog. (Sample page from the Wayback Machine
here.) In those days I basically was my blog.
Then I decided I needed a responsive theme, and one that would serve different types of visitors. I asked a savvy consultant friend for help, and we ended up with the Genesis Streamline Pro theme, plus the WPBakery Page Builder. We also moved to Pantheon.
And here’s where we’re at: The result was this layout with three “rabbit holes” for different visitors to dive down, with generic content below.
But where my wheels came off was the concurrent switch to Pantheon, where I have for no credible reason been completely bamboozled by the dev / test / live sequence, even though I fully understand the reasoning … I just keep getting tripped up by the need to switch between SFTP and Git (why doesn’t it KNOW which to use???), plus - importantly - the fact that some things I need to do are not in theme settings. Like, changing my banner. And I have no clue how to sort out which sort of task requires doing what where.)
I know it’s not a Pantheon issue that some things are not in my chosen theme’s settings. But that’s why I need to come here and ask. I ended up having my virtual assistant learn how to do everything Pantheon, but:
… my business has shrunk substantially so my assistant is leaving and won’t be easy to replace … so either I learn everything or I switch away from Pantheon (despite my love of the great support ) or I just shoot myself and go out of business.
Friends, where do I start in figuring out what to do? A high priority for me must necessarily be that the website can’t own my life. Should I go back to the “just a blog” approach? Other?
Thanks in advance -