The Move to WordPress

Word PressOver 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 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.

Wordpress Edit Template screenAlready 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. 

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  • Jarek Piórkowski

    I also see a lit­tle redesign. I like the new menu being an accent, but where has the green tem­plate gone?

  • kar­tooner

    Jarek, my post pretty much explains it, but since the move from Mov­able­type to Word­Press I’ve had to re-code var­i­ous aspects of the site. Granted, this has occured invis­i­bly, and that was my intent, but Word­Press is a dif­fer­ent beast.

    The stylesheet switcher will return again, mean­ing all of the color schemes will be retained. I spent the greater por­tion of the past cou­ple of days port­ing every­thing over, and as you can imag­ine I need a break. 🙂

    Thanks for the com­ments Jarek.

  • Jarek Piórkowski

    Damn, you’re right. I bet­ter learn to read now.

    … 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…”

    Pfff. Stu­pid me.

  • beto

    First thing I thought when read­ing is was “Oh no, not another ‘screw money-grubbing Six Apart, I’m switch­ing to Word­Press’ post”. I know many that had been work­ing over­time this week to change CMSs on their sites just to give MT the fin­ger. At least it looks like you had bet­ter pur­poses on your switching.

    Time-consuming work and home issues have avoided me the chance to go over this with my site, but when there’s a chance, I’m eager to give Word­Press a try.

  • kar­tooner

    I’ve always liked Mov­able Type and will con­tinue rec­om­mend­ing it to future clients. It’s a pow­er­ful and pol­ished CMS. How­ever, this tran­si­tion has long been in the works and hap­pened to coin­cide with Six Apart’s recent pric­ing changes for MT. Namely tran­si­tion­ing into a full-fledged com­pany (instead of just two peo­ple) and hav­ing to charge for what was pre­vi­ously dona­tion­ware essentially.

    If you need any help, shout my way.

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  • Mike

    I under­stand this one entirely, MT is won­der­ful but after giv­ing Word­Press a whirl, the dynamic updates just grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and screamed “We’re amazing!”.

    How­ever hav­ing stuck with MT, I’m not sure I want to give up their new com­ments sys­tem which has firmly and con­fi­dently pro­tected me from com­ment spam. I’m also still at a loss as to how to code in the stats which I have run­ning on my MT pow­ered blog. I’d need a clear help­ing hand on how to code them.

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