The concept of copyleft that does not undermine the developer's philosophy of free distribution
This site uses a content management system (CMS) called WordPress, which was originally released in 2003 by the CEO of an American company called Automatic, and has grown to the point where it is said that 37% of the world's web is now built using WordPress.
I started to use WordPress around 2008, and compared to Movable Type, a CMS that I had been using before that, there were many free themes that you could change the appearance of, and even amateurs were able to build good looking websites as if they were made by a professional designer, but even more than that The concept of copyleft, not copyright, was used to overturn the conventional wisdom that modified sources and their derivatives must be distributed under the same terms as the original license.
WordPress is an open-source freeware developed under the GPL (General Public License), which is based on the principle of free distribution, so it doesn't matter if you redistribute your modified open-source software or sell it to others for a fee. In fact, it is a violation of the GPL's principles to prohibit copying, modifying and distributing material that has been copied and distributed with a copyright claim, or to limit the number and duration of installations.
I have been thinking that protecting the developer's rights with copyright is a common practice in business, but the idea that users must not compromise the developer's philosophy that "software should be freely distributed" and must continue to respect the developer's will is a good one. If I were the person who developed the plugin and sold it for a fee, I would have wondered if it would ever be a viable business under the shackles of not being able to claim copyright or restrict redistribution.
Website renewal is inevitable in the changing times
Nowadays, there are many companies that develop and sell WordPress themes and plugins, but they respect the philosophy of GPL and sell them on the premise that they will be copied and resold, and their business is established with services such as paid support and paid sales of additional functions.
I've been using the previous theme since 2017 because of the ease of creating beautiful single-column layouts of LPs (landing pages), but in the past it has been subjected to multiple virus tampering, and I don't know if the developer has gone bankrupt or not, but they have already stopped new development, and unfortunately, I can no longer expect future security updates.
We often tell our clients when we are working on a business system implementation project that "the system starts after the implementation", but probably the same is true for managing a website or blogging using a CMS, and the starting point is to build the site and then operate it.
"Isn't a corporate website a one-time thing?" "Why bother changing the theme in the first place?" "Isn't this a waste of time and money?". However, when you try to keep up with the world, renewal is inevitable, and the reason I changed the theme this time is because of the following reasons: "the site was frequently hacked by viruses", "the developer of the previous theme went bankrupt", "the style got dirty with too much customization". There is a reason it was born inside.
The process of linking new information and fragmented memories
Nowadays, there are a lot of cases where companies are using WordPress to manage their websites, and it is not efficient to develop a theme from scratch when renewing a website. It was "ease of customization", but this time the criterion was "I don't have to customize as much as possible", which is the opposite of the reason why I changed my thinking to "I can't compare to professionals in terms of design and SEO, so I'm not going to make any changes to myself as much as possible because I'm not good at it".
Generally, we decide on a persona, the target audience, before building a blog or a website, but this blog started with a desire to "organize the knowledge that is cluttering up my head", so I think the ideal persona is "people in a position close to me ≒ people who are involved and work in Indonesia", and as a result of organizing my own head, other people's heads will be organized as well.
The "organization of knowledge" here means connecting new information and fragmentary memories in the mind, and being able to see Indonesia from a broader perspective, for example, by connecting memories with information such as "This event is happening now, and this is the same pattern that I experienced in the past," based on one's own actual experience, with the aim of being able to see the background of the event.
Perhaps it's the same with journals, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who, if asked what the trick to making a blog last, would answer that it's not the goal of accomplishing something, but the feeling of learning that comes from the pleasure of having new information and the knowledge in your head tied together and organized and cleaned up.