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So after many little experiments and changes, GigaOM has been Word Pressed. I tried using Moveable Type 3.0 but somehow the bugs in the system never really went away. My switch is not as religious as some others such as Mark Pilgrim. I just could not […]

So after many little experiments and changes, GigaOM has been Word Pressed. I tried using Moveable Type 3.0 but somehow the bugs in the system never really went away. My switch is not as religious as some others such as Mark Pilgrim. I just could not deal with the server errors and was worried about not being able to post on a regular basis.

Much of the switch went smoothly, even though about 60 odd posts have not been imported, but that’s all right, for I can do cut-and-paste and get everything into the Word Press database. I have also left the old files intact, just in case some one comes looking for them. Given that I am not much of a CSS guy, I cannot figure out why the hell the single listing page breaksdown like the way it does. Any one have ideas?

I switched all three weblogs – GigaOM, Not Really Indian and VoIPDaily – in less than 30 minutes. I admit I had some help from Pankaj, but it was more or less learn as you go kind of an experience. I managed to port everything to the old skin and have retained much of the look and feel of the MT-powered site. In addition, using some hacks I managed to retain the URL of the old RSS feed so there will be no disruptions at all. I am sure, there will be more bugs, but so far everything is working smoothly.

My initial impression – Word Press is very fast, nimble and is light weight. I see the bandwidth consumption is down, and so are the MySQL resources. The size of the overall site is smaller. What I don’t like? Well I cannot post from Net News Wire or Ecto or W.Bloggar. That truly is the biggest short coming of Word Press, but I am told that it will eventually be worked out. My single listing page seems to be breaking down for some odd reason, and since I am no CSS guru, I have no clue why that is happening. Anyone have tips for me?

Why and how I got to Word Press?

  1. You should be able to post to WP from ecto. Make sure to use the latest build of WP. See for example http://www.davidsaccess.com/index.php?p=26.

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  2. [...] Om Malik makes The Word Press Switch
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  3. Your single listing page looks fine… what browser are you getting a problem on? One problem I see is that the comment textarea field is too wide… it overlaps with your right hand column.

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  4. the single page listing in internet explorer for windows is all messed up. i am not sure why but it is something which bugs me. fine in firefox and mozilla on windows. ditto on all mac broswers as well

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  5. [...] Filed under: Digital Life — admin @ 6:39 pm

    Finally Om, has made the switch. It has been a long battle. I wish software world was easy enough that system [...]

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  6. Welcome to the other side!!

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  7. Looks like the site is finally stable… well done dude. BTW: do write about your experience (moving from MT to WP), I am sure everyone wants to know why you chose WP over all other vendors.

    I moved to EE and a new host as well, and am loving it :-).

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  9. You can post from w.Bloggar, etc, using the XML-RPX API. “Currently supported APIs are the Blogger API, metaWeblog API, and the MovableType API.” I was also able to use the emulated MT interface to rewire my email->blog hook. See your wordpress/readme.html for details.

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