Over the past few days I’ve been busy re-coding and tweaking for the big move. At last, I’ve managed to port over the archives and site to WordPress.
Essentially my most challenging task was trying to make it appear seemless. However, most of the time in this transition was spent re-coding various aspects of the site that I felt could be tighter. For instance; I never was entirely pleased with the Navigation menu, which has now been updated, thank you very much and as far as the style switcher is concerned it’s being re-coded as well to work smoothly with WordPress.
My reasoning behind making the jump from MT to WordPress wasn’t because of the recent pricing scheme released by Six Apart but mostly due to the fact I’ve always wanted WordPress to power this site. I’m a supporter of Open Source software and use it everyday at work and at home, whether it be Firefox for web-browsing, Thunderbird for email, or Miranda IM for instant messaging I believe Open Source has a lot to offer, not to mention superb community support.
In regards to Six Apart’s decision to conform to a paying model, I say more power to them. Movabletype is an excellent CMS and in the near future I plan on deploying MT 3.0 on this server and powering the main kartooner.com site, which will serve as a portal of sorts. I realize I could have stayed with version 2.61, but I’ve heard great things about WordPress and felt the need to make the plunge. Change my perspective if you may and work with something different.
Already I’ve noticed several noteworthy features of WordPress. For one, the interface is beautiful and streamlined to the point where your entire site needs only one template. In MT it was necessary to set up Individual and Date-based archives. WP dynamically generates the URIs according to how you’ve set it up, therefore eliminating the need for several templates or includes for that matter.
The MT Import feature worked flawlessly as you can see. All 300+ articles have been transferred to WordPress and it only took a matter of seconds. No re-building, no muss and no fuss. The only thing I can think of at this point would be that some of the articles used different plug-ins, but that’s an issue I’ll deal with in time.
All in all it was a successful transfer and merits special thanks to the team of WordPress developers who’ve devoted their time and energy towards a wonderful product.