So, as you may could tell in previous journals, I wanted to keep my sub, but at the moment I'm not in the best position to pay for it out of pocket. As such I am very thankful to everyone who donated and stuff.
Now, this doesn't mean I find the premium to be perfect. Far from it in fact.
The main reason why I wanted it was so I could manage my page in a way that I think could be most helpful for visitors, while also giving it a bit of flash to hold your attention. Clearly I haven't done as much with that as I could. I only just got a proper journal skin last year, and today I added my first and only custom widget. There's a reason for that.
DA's customizability is *garbage*. If you've made your own skins and stuff you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. The journal, by far, is the most user friendly, but even it suffers. You can make yourself a lovely skin using a mix of HTML and CSS, but firstly this requires you to actually know what this stuff is and how to use it. Of course, you'd hope that's where all your nightmares end. It doesn't. Next you have to know how to code *around* DA's code. This means you either need to know how they have their classes set up, or you need a tool to examine their code to see what they have that's tripping you up. It's utterly frustrating. On top of that it also serves to prohibit what you can do. (It took me a while to figure out how to get this drop down menu working. Not that I'm great at them, it's just that most methods I tried *didn't work right.*
Of course, then there's the custom widget. I had to look up tutorials on that when I realized I had to use HTML to handle everything. Of course, I still needed knowledge of how they had their CSS set up. Thankfully the tutorials made it easy.
Basically, DA asks you to pay them 24ish USD a year so you can get all this and no ads. (Adblock is your friend.) And then they go about adding features that practically nobody asked for, and they don't streamline the features they already have as well as they should.
There is no way someone should have to pay for a sub, then have to be required to know all this stuff in order to be able to make their journal skins.
Sure, I think having the ability to use CSS should continue to be an option, but I think that the DA staff should worry less about cruddy mobile apps and try to work on making a set of tools that will help users who don't know this stuff be able to have a page that is more styled around their own creative flair without having to rely on others or going out of their way to study something they probably don't have any interest in.
Also, it'd be cool if the updates bar gave you live updates : B