Yippee. We’ve moved

OK.  So the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the blog has changed somewhat.  You’ll mainly notice the look-and-feel, I guess.  For those reading this in an aggregator, you may not be aware of this, but will likely have noticed that the ten most recent posts appearing as unread, even though you’ve read them.  (You had read them, hadn’t you?)

The reason: last night marked the end of a rather trying migration from pLog (or LifeType) to WordPress.  A move from Sydney, Australia to Jersey, of the Channel Island variety as opposed to the home of the Giants and the Jets.  (A cheap jibe at my New York readers.)

The main reason for the move is flexibility.  pLog was very good at processing basic blog posts.  But much beyond that was a struggle.  Since the PHP upgrade, I’ve been unable to implement a captcha so have had to hand-delete oodles of spam comments on an almost daily basis, sifting through the shite to avoid deleting the rather rare genuine comments.

The migration has been in the offing for over three months now.  However because of some “life events” for my new hosting provider (and über-migration God), along with some bits that were more difficult than they might have been, it’s been delayed.  But now I’m proud to say we’re finally done.

Three comments were made on the old blog after the move.  Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve merely re-created these with a slightly fresher timestamp here on the authors’ behalves.  (One of them was mine.  I certainly don’t mind.)  As for other issues, none of the categories came across for posts after 2006, the time at which I fought against my natural instincts and started multi-categorising posts.  These have had to be hand-tagged in the new world—over 1,000 tags in total.  And no outsourcing in sight.

A few posts mysteriously didn’t make it across (somewhere in the teens), so I’ve had to copy and paste these across, applying the old timestamps.  And our new host had to write some nifty scripts to ensure that my list of gripes is as short as it is.  Thanks so much for that.

He’s also kindly put a redirect in place for the RSS feeds, meaning that you don’t need to update your feed readers.  Isn’t he kind?

WordPress will give me a much more flexible platform, allowing lots more feed-type stuff, a captcha (oh, how I’ll miss the spam) and more integration with other applications, like Flickr.  It will also allow me to be more flexible in my site’s information architecture, allowing me to demote the blog to a sub-domain with a nice, more professional front window to my world.  All in the course of time.  Oh, and the admin. interface is simply divine.

The new look-and-feel is temporary.  I’m still figuring out whether I like the three-column layout (early feedback is negative), irrespective of which I need to work on fonts and spacing.  But hopefully it’s good enough for you for the moment until I get a chance to put in the CSS effort.  Let me know what you think.

Finally, I’d like to thank two people.  Enormous thanks to Rob for providing the resilience and technical know-how to allow this site to live and breathe for the first 1,737 days of its life.  Yes he can be a pain in the arse, but I really don’t know what I’d have done without him.  And thanks also to Rob for providing the technical expertise to allow me to join the WordPress world and agreeing to host the site and put up with my crap henceforth.  (He didn’t technically agree to this last point, but it comes with the territory, as the other Rob would testify.)  A thousand thanks to you both.

Comments

3 Responses to “Yippee. We’ve moved”

  1. Jon on April 9th, 2009 21:02

    The 3 column format is rubbish – how’s that for feedback?

  2. Dan on April 9th, 2009 22:37

    Very succinct and to the point. I’ll probably create a Google form to elicit more quantifiable feedback, but appreciate the early view.

    Anything you like, Jon?

  3. Jon on April 10th, 2009 07:03

    Mmm, not sure, I thought the previous format was very good, and liked the header.

    The font is OK.

    Not sure what the rationale is for the 3 columns – maybe you’ve got more you’ll be adding into the Blogroll column?

    At the moment the first column is displayed against the left side of the window that I have open, no margin at all, which is a bit off-putting.

    Maybe switching the first and second columns around would work better – frame the posts – and a margin on the left side.

    I do like the recent photos section, would like to see that further up the page.

    Maybe my perception is affected by the use of a small screen (12 inches)

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