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Hello to WordPress

I’ve been talking about it for ages, and now I’ve finally gone and done it – moved this blog to WordPress, that is.

I’m now running on a HostingFuse.com account, which is insanely good value and has both CF and PHP enabled. I was able to import all my posts from my old RSS feed, although I wasn’t able to automate the comments. I copied a few across manually and if I get bored I may convert some of the more interesting discussions… but that’s not a high priority. With a bit of CF trickery I think I’ve preserved all the permalinks.

Now, I’ll pre-empt the inevitable questions: why did I choose WordPress over a CF-based blogging engine? Essentially, I’m running a few WordPress blogs and a few WordPress-driven web sites and I can’t rave about it highly enough: it leaves other blogging solutions for dead. My two highest-priority features are covered – standards-compliant, semantic code that makes skinning easy, and permalinks that are both search-engine-friendly and human-being-friendly. It has a kick-arse admin interface, about a billion plugins already available, and a great extensibility layer on the off-chance you want something that hasn’t already been done. I just don’t think any of the CF blogging solutions can compete, and I’ve tried out a few.

So take a look around and let me know what you think. And if you see anything odd or not working properly, please drop me a line and let me know – kay.smoljak@gmail.com.

11 Comments

  1. You could try enabling clean URLs in Apache so your “Post Slugs” are used without index.php.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Joshua… unfortunately I’m running on IIS, not Apache. I couldn’t find any way to get rid of the index.php on IIS without an ISAPI filter, which is out of the question because I’m on shared hosting. So if you know of something please let me know!

  3. Um Kay – you *do* realise WordPress is open-source? Ewww.

    Just kidding – new site looks great. Does this mean that you will post more? I know you’ve been busy with the business and busy people don’t have time to write lots of blog entries. I know *I’m* never guilty of that! ;)

    Keep up the great entries!

  4. I’ve been thinking about doing the same. Let me know how you go and I might make the move soon myself! I’ll bug you about configuration later :P

  5. Les, Les, Les… I’ll ignore whatever snide insinuation you’re attempting with your first comment and gracefully accept the compliment. Les is my younger sibling, everyone…

    Nel – all I can say is DO IT – you will never look back. It’s all good. Also, you need an RSS feed, dude :)

  6. Hi Kay! I read about your blog here. I can see you finally found a solution for your search result page: you wanted the last post to display on your frontpage, but still X search results to show. How did you do it? I’d love to get the same result as you. :)

    Many thanks in advance for your help.

  7. Kay, awesome move. I’m done a few WordPress sites for friends, and it just rocks. It’s easy to setup, tons of skins, and…well.. all the reasons you cited.

    Great looking site!

  8. Hi kReEsTaL – I used the solution that was discussed on the forums (http://rephrase.net/miscellany/05/perpage.phps) – it doesn’t seem to stuff up the back and forward paging after all. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out. Good luck!

  9. Thanks for the nice comments, Dave! Now, I just have to post more… :D

  10. tsk tsk …well you have done it.. you have gone all webOMFG2.0 on us! I mean you’ve got a reflection and all rounded corners and gradients et al. Bet you’re happy the port is over. The refresh looks cool too.

  11. Thanks Gary – yes I am very glad it’s finally over. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time.

    Believe it or not, that reflection on the orange in the masthead is not photoshopped – that’s the actual photo, really!