Category Archives: Websites

Theme issues

Widgets was unavailable in the “appearance.”

The website had accessibility or navigation problems in 2022. Sorry for the inconvenience. In 2023 I just changed the theme from “blank canvas” to “twenty sixteen” and that solved the problem.

I don’t like how they have preset content in themes as if it’s a complete website. Just ridiculous that I would have to delete all the theme-specific content.


Ridiculous subscription pop-ups – “This content is reserved for paid subscribers. Please provide us with the information below to unlock this.” Why does the full content show then to be blocked by a pop-up? – “Save over 85% on a Digital Subscription and stay jolly well informed this festive season. Cancel anytime. Act now – offer ends 29 December 2021.” – why isn’t there an X button? Why isn’t there an option to “I’ll try later” or “no thanks, just continue to the ?

National Geographic – “Enter your email to continue,” “Science is more important than ever – stay informed,” “Yes! I would like to receive updates, special offers, and other information from National Geographic and The Walt Disney Family of Companies. By creating an account, I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.” why do I have to subscribe and receive updates in order to view content? There really should be an option to “I’ll try later” or an X button or “no thanks, just continue to the site.”

And don’t forget I need a corporate email address to view some of the content. For a reason I think DOES concern me, I can’t use a personal email address. Is it intended only for corporate users?

One more: The Atlantic, with the following: “We hope you’ve enjoyed your free articles.” “Already a subscriber? Try one month of unlimited digital access.Start your free trial today. Cancel anytime.”

Edit: One more – “The Economist with Get to the end of the story” “Subscribe today with 50% off your first 12 weeks.”

One more – Bloomberg. “Limited time only: Subscribe now with an exclusive introductory offer. Cancel anytime.”

All of the above show full content, then to either disappear or be blurred or be blocked by a pop-up. Why? In the former case, why isn’t it like in which “I’ll try later”? In the latter case, why isn’t there an X button or “I’ll try later” or “No thanks, just continue to the site”? Don’t those sites know that people can CTRL-A and then CTRL-C the entire article and then paste it onto notepad or email? Why don’t they keep the reserved content down on the server and ONLY load it to the client when the client is subscribed? And why is some of the reserved content indexed by Google?

Why was the background music removed from Homepage DD1US?

Homepage DD1US
The background music had been missing since… like 2006.
Matthias Bopp removed the background music because was afraid he might get in trouble due to missing rights. He has not been granted rights by Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte(GEMA). He was not sure whether the MIDI files were free of such rights. He did not want to apply for those rights. He heard that other sites were being sued for using music without rights, so he removed the background music so that he wouldn’t get in trouble like those sites did.