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The February Frights Begin
Technorati Tags: Blogger, computer upgrades, web development, blog authoring, Tablet PC, Windows 7, mobile working, Windows Home Server
My computer infrastructure seems to be falling apart. February is going to be the month in which I have to fix it. I always fear infrastructure changes and computer upgrades and conversions. And the price of procrastination is that pay-me-later comes due, with interest. Here’s what it looks like:
And I still use Technorati tags despite every indication they are absolutely useless.
I've been whining about the gap between slates (such as the iPad) and Tablet PCs. Today I see that the Hewlett-Packard Touchsmart tx2t Notebook is approaching the $1000 price-point that I'm looking for (hat-tip to Sara Ford). I will keep my eye out for more action in this niche.
I was using Blogger with ftp publishing to my own domain until last December. I then moved to WordPress. The migration process went very well. I was able to preserve all my posts and comments. There were a lot of URL mismatches initially, but there is a great plugin for WordPress called "Redirection" that logs all the 404 errors and allows you to turn them into 301 redirects with a couple mouse clicks. Now that I've moved over, I regret not doing it sooner. WordPress is far more flexible than Blogger was.
Thanks Rob, that's very encouraging. I only hear good things about WordPress and I am curious to know what the pain points are and how much I can preserve my existing blog pages. In-place if possible.
My hosting service has a one-click WordPress install setup, and your feedback is exactly what I'm looking for. They also have some others I've never heard of so I intend to look at WordPress first.
Fortunately, I have a developer-only test blog that I can experiment with first. I am intrigued that you were able to preserve comments. Do you have any specific tips for the migration process?
I followed the guide here:
The New Ultimate Guide to Migrating from Blogger to WordPress
Essentially, Blogger has an export option, and WordPress has an import option. The only complication was that WordPress has a different naming convention for permalinks, but you can override that in WordPress before importing your Blogger posts. Even then some names will be off. Specifically, Blogger and WordPress differ in how they generate permalinks from post titles. Blogger strips out "stop words", while WordPress does not. But you can go in and manually rename those posts.
Other than that, I didn't run into any other issues. Even my draft posts came over intact.
I was already using FeedBurner for my feeds, so that was an easy central change. In your case you'll need to redirect your old feed URL to your new one, so you don't lose your existing subscribers.
Of course, your mileage may vary. It is worth setting up a temporary test WP blog to test the migration before doing it for real.
This sounds like the perfect job for Spanner Wingnut! It is time the lad earned his keep.
I am tempted to close off the existing ftp'd blogs and freeze them as an "archive" the way Bob Sutor appears to have done.
I will then need to do something constructive about the comment support being shut off (and Blogger will be denied access any longer in any case).
I have maintained the practice of not republishing the site even though I make template changes over time. I would like to preserve that.
I will look at the migration guide with great interest.
I'm not sure what to do about never-published drafts held in Blogger. I'll see what luck I have in sucking them back onto my desktop system under my Windows Live Writer drafts. I probably won't miss those drafts, since I haven't for at least 5 years now.
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