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The Word Press Switch

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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 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?

9 Responses to “The Word Press Switch”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 :-).

  3. 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

  4. 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.