I Hope This Works…

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm | Site

OK, this weblog is now powered by WordPress. If you’ve gotten this far, that means at least the bare minimum is working. Hopefully, everything’s working.

Why’d I change? Well, one of the reasons (not the only reason, by far, but one of the reasons) my blogging slowed was because I’d let my MovableType installation get woefully out of date and I’d slipped far behind in the cleaning out the comment spam that had been building up. Right now, the Weblog Comments folder I’ve got in Mailsmith has 2245 unread comments. I’m willing to be 2244 of these are spam. So, I decided to apply the Inbox Zero approach to the old weblog. If you wrote the one valid comment that I missed or if my estimation is a little off, sorry.

As for WordPress versus MovableType, I’d been using the former for a few months while I was managing the GW MBA Association’s web site and I’ve become rather fond of it. One big benefit was that posting from MarsEdit to the WordPress-powered blog was much faster than posting to my personal MovableType-powered blog. I suppose that could have been a configuration issue specific to the two blogs, but it had a big influence on the way I viewed the two blogs. Also, DreamHost‘s one-click install support for WordPress had a huge impact — as I said, dealing with my out-of-date MovableType installation was one of the things that helped keep me away from blogging for stretches of time. I’m more than happy to offload the bulk of the responsibility to somebody else.

Switching to WordPress also gave me the opportunity to undo a horrible decision I made when starting this weblog — my selection of a permalink format. Why, oh why I thought it was a good idea to have my links as 000123.php, I’ll never know. At least I had enough common sense to use the year/month directory structure to make things a little simpler, but still, that was dumb. Now, I’m using a more rational permalink structure that uses the post title in the link. I’ve configured my .htaccess file to forward old links to the new URLs, so both internal and external links should continue to work. Also, I discovered that when I moved from XrackHosting1 to Dreamhost, MovableType began renumbering my posts. The links still worked because the actual php files remained in place, but they weren’t actually live in MovableType. These orphaned links also point to the new pages in WordPress.

As I said earlier, if you’re reading this, it means the bare minimum is working. However, if you’re reading this via a pre-existing RSS feed, it means that more of the .htaccess voodoo is working — all the old MovableType subscriptions should be forwarded to the new FeedBurner subscription. At least, I hope.

One catch on the new feed — the timezone is off by several hours. As far as I can tell, WordPress is generating feeds in GMT and not the EST that I’ve configured in my options. Oh well.

For the time being, I’m using a modified version of the Say It 2.0 theme. It’s functional for now, but I’m not completely in love with it. In the not-to-distant future, I’d like to come up with something new. Of course, I was saying the same thing about the modified stock MT theme that I was using for roughly 4 years, so you should probably take it with a grain of salt.

The old photo album did not survive the transition. Although DreamHost offers a one-click install option for Gallery, my personal installation predated this functionality. Since I’ve haven’t touched the photo album in a few years, I decided not to bother moving over the data. In place of the album, I’ve included a link to my Flickr photos in the Destinations section of the sidebar.

I think that about covers it. If anything seems broken, leave a note.

  1. Is it strange that a web hosting company would give you a 403 error if you entered their URL sans “www”? []

2 Responses to “I Hope This Works…”

  1. Eric Says:

    This is a test. It is only a test.

  2. Michael Says:

    Looks good to me. Bravo for redirecting the old URLs.