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Moving to WordPress

Praveen helped me a lot and thanks to him for all his time. First we setup on one host then migrated over to another set of machines, details of which I am not going into. Anyway bottom line is that I finally have it running and everything imported. I know i need to fix the tags and categories but hey one step at a time. 

Sorry for breaking your links if you did have any pointers to this site but I really couldn’t manage to continue any longer on Blogengine.net. These were my main pain points.

  1. Private posts/Password protected posts – This is quite a nice feature especially when you want to avoid foot in the mouth and probably even use this as a diary .
  2. Updates – WordPress just pushes them on and its a piece of cake. If you are interested in just writing and don’t want to waste time maintaining then this really helps. I actually started with 2.9.2 and upgraded to wordpress 3.0
  3. Themes – This is more of a personal choice. I really love the variety of WordPress themes available.
  4. Plugins – Very mature set of plugins that you can install directly from the admin screen and with 3.0 even the import plugins are all on demand installs.
  5. Mobile Blogging – There are a rich set of clients available and this was one major factor that made me decide. N900/iphone/symbian/droid/WM you name it and its supported.

Now back to entertaining Eli.

WordPress and SQL Server issues

I really wanted to move over to wordpress on SQL but hit so many roadblocks during the migration. The major one was during the import which just didn’t progress. I’m not really certain why and to put it politely – the reporting just doesn’t exist.

  1. Blogengine’s spam tool doesn’t delete spam comments causing my export file to go about 2.4MB – PHP folks would know this limit quite well.
  2. WordPress Version 2.9.2 (beta) had problems importing. Not sure if this was due to the WordPress file export version mismatch. The process was very eager to get to the “Have Fun” prompt without actually doing any import.
  3. I got WP 3.0 running locally and managed to connect to sql and import but the actual hosting environment had issues connecting so this was a show stopper.

Anyway I will be leaving things as is but am I not sure when I will give this a shot again.

Interop Migration and crippling Pain of the Many blogs I had!

It was time and I decided to finally move, migrate and aggregate and also shoot myself in the foot. Any integration consultant knows that its one of the most painful and probably the most irritating jobs to do. But then again you are always so disconnected and have to update so many different systems. My case it was blogs.msdn.com, spaces.live.com and blogger.com. In short this was a mammoth task to get all my old stuff under one big umbrella which lead to the birth of this silly site. Now there is a technical aspect and an emotional aspect to this and this being my blog gives me the freedom to touch upon both finally.

Emotionally it was tiring and satisfying at the same time. The underlying engine was much more faster and it being just for blogging was pretty easy to understand. I used blogEngine.net primarily cause I don’t understand much besides .net and due to some loyalty reasons which might not even be justified. Then again it was really simple to setup. Then again setting up is the first and only the first of the hurdles. The main problems were in setting it up right with the permissions so that the damn thing looks good and also works fine. I learned a few new tools and wrote a few also during this process. The end result of 24 hours of straight coding back breaking undisturbed hours with almost no food was honestly worth it cause after getting all the stuff I had been writing and putting them under one roof felt really good. I am happy that the old posts were where I left them and didn’t take them down.

Finally as I decide its time to get back to work, I had one question. WFT were those people thinking when developed those systems. Don’t they want it to work with any other system out there.. If they don’t then idiots like me will have to rip it all apart and put a new system which won’t be any different from what there is already. Freedom can be quite irritating at time especially when its someone else’s (ouch! kidding) I’ll get to the tooling and tricks I used to get this done. Its  not pretty and I didn’t intend it to be cause if more people suffer then something might be done.

Anyway the word ->

Its WORTH it.

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