So I spent yesterday and today migrating my blog to WordPress. This while mostly successful has had a few minor hiccups.
First up, clean URLs is currently broken. For some reason I have to manually touch every blog post *merely clicking update* for the clean URL to work properly. I haven’t found the PFM in the database that is changing to allow it to work.
While doing that would be an inconvenience there is another issue which makes me want to touch every post. None of the categories imported correctly. The database and content nodes appear to line up correctly but alas the rendering fails for some reason. Updating the content by hand again fixes the problem.
So the wife and I are going to work on going through all 1171 posts updating their categories and getting the clean URLs straightened out. I did spend a decent amount of time creating a list of 301 redirects for all my previous posts. Any and all previous incoming links should still be going to their respective content. They will just have the ugly ?p=xxxx at the end instead of the nice clear /2012/05/23/This-Post-Is-So-Awesome/ url.
The last problem was brought on by my use of Disqus. I wanted to get an export of my comments so I could reimport them into Drupal and then import those comments into WordPress. Disqus would be used on all future content. Well I didn’t get an export of the comments this weekend and I got tired of waiting. If and when they come in, I will work on getting a snap shot of the database and migrating those into the system.
I was going to leave a domain up with the Drupal blog intact, alas for some reason I have not been able to make a subdomain. Why I do not know other than Murphy hates me with a passion.
So yeah, if you notice other stuff that’s broken let me know. I’m working on cleaning up the mess. On the upshot I can blog from my phone now.
If you’re feed broke, let me know. The feedburner feed should have continued uninterrupted. I am working on getting the contact forms back up tonight. Any of you who have my contact info in your address book, bump me a line if you notice anything grossly out of place.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.