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What’s Changed Beside the Obvious

Posted on Tuesday 10 January 2006

Well, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and moved the blogs to WordPress. I found Drupal to be very powerful but it really is a bit too high maintenance for me, given the other demands on my time. WordPress was a snap to install (see “The Famous Five Minute Install“), relatively easy to customize with plug-ins and it’s amazingly easy to tailor the way it looks. (See the credits in the bottom of the page for a link to the theme I customized.)

I managed to figure out how to import all the old posts from Movable Type, including all the comments. WordPress makes it reasonably simple, although the newest version (2.0, which I’m running) has a wee bug that won’t properly display comments immediately upon import. As you might hope, though, there is a patch available to fix it. If you have a document with a hard link to an old post, don’t fret: they’re all still there (see?). I removed the MT engine, but the posts are still there, just taking up some cheap disk space rather than processing cycles. 🙂

The one thing I haven’t yet figured out is how to make pretty permanent links to my posts. Since there seem to be very few of us running WordPress on Webstar there’s scant information about how to properly rewrite the URIs. Frankly, I’m not going to spend any more time looking for a solution, at least not now.

The only things I know I broke during the move are the RSS feeds. Candidly, looking at the logs, seems that most folks are using the RSS 2.0 feed anyway, and there’s a new one over there on the left. If you need some other version for some reason by all means let me know. Likewise if you see something else that’s broken, or even have something nice to say. 🙂


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