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Blogger Migration pt8

October 9, 2005
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Testing an idea for easier migration from BlogSpot to WordPress.com.

Putting all these thoughts together, I am about to attempt something a bit iffy. I am going to edit my BlogSpot template so it cuts out all the miscelaneous HTML crap, and leaves the pure post code. I will then download my posts to my computer, making it easier for me to migrate- a simple highlight, copy & paste from Notepad++ straight into .

No messing about with back and forwards buttons. No waiting for page loads. No triple message boxes on each back button press. No warnings about POST data. A step in the process will be simplified. Migration from BlogSpot to WordPress.com will no longer require access to BlogSpot.

I have an idea of how I’m going to make it work, but I’m not sure if it will.

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Blogger Migration pt7

October 9, 2005
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The Annoyance of Service Delays.

With all these service delays, and no news getting to me on what’s causing them- is it technical problems with WordPress.com, technical problems with my sucky ISP etc- I’ve come to the following conclusions:

  • is a superior blogging platform.
  • BlogSpot.com is a superior site.
  • is a brilliant free service.
  • is an inferior platform.
  • What this basically means is that while I love the platform, I’m starting to hate the site as for whatever reasons beyond my and the technical ppl over at control that are causing the server time out delays that are preventing me from blogging.

    Things I’m considering.

  • I’m considering moving back to blogging on . But that would mean putting up with an inferior service.
  • I’m considering getting a hosting account and managing my own installation. Which is do-able, but I need to keep my money in my bank account (no job, only student loans).
  • I’m considering giving up blogging altogether. Not that anyone would miss me of course, but when I started blogging, I mentioned a little problem I have where I tend to give things up for no apparent reason. I really don’t want to give up blogging, and even more so, I don’t want the technical issues with to be the reason.
  • Basically, I’m stuck on what to do. I’m not even sure whether this post will actually make it to the blog when I click the Publish button.


    Blogger Migration pt6.1

    October 6, 2005
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    WTF is going on with WordPress.com.

    So I had some free time between lectures at Uni today, so I thought I’d spend some time migrating the posts over from here to there. Aside from the issues I’ve been having with server time outs, that are- in fact- still present. My inability to access the WordPress.com server is the reason why I haven’t gotten anywhere near migrating and why I’ve missed two weekly news roundups. I’m getting thoroughly pissed off at this delay which is outside of my control- so much so that I’m actually regretting migrating in the first place.

    Regrets.

    Yes, I know WordPress is by far a superior blogging platform to BlogSpot, but BlogSpot rarely, if ever made it impossible for me to post. WordPress.com on the other hand has decided to think that it needs reinstalling. Every single blog hosted on , and the main site appears to have decided it needs reinstalling. While I was writing that sentence the problem appears to have gone. The timeouts are still there though, so I can’t update my wishlist to show that I’ve actually bought, received and installed the 512MB module on my system, and that I’ve bought but still waiting to receive most of what’s left. The timeout problems seem to have disapeared, although I don’t have the time to fool around migrating tonight.


    Blogger Migration pt6

    October 6, 2005
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    WTF is going on with WordPress.com.

    So I had some free time between lectures at Uni today, so I thought I’d spend some time migrating the posts over from here to there. Aside from the issues I’ve been having with server time outs, that are- in fact- still present. My inability to access the WordPress.com server is the reason why I haven’t gotten anywhere near migrating and why I’ve missed two weekly news roundups. I’m getting thoroughly pissed off at this delay which is outside of my control- so much so that I’m actually regretting migrating in the first place.

    Regrets.

    Yes, I know WordPress is by far a superior blogging platform to BlogSpot, but BlogSpot rarely, if ever made it impossible for me to post. WordPress.com on the other hand has decided to think that it needs reinstalling. Every single blog hosted on , and the main site appears to have decided it needs reinstalling. While I was writing that sentence the problem appears to have gone. The timeouts are still there though, so I can’t update my wishlist to show that I’ve actually bought, received and installed the 512MB module on my system, and that I’ve bought but still waiting to receive most of what’s left.

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    Blogger Migration pt5

    September 28, 2005
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    Migration progress.

    After those server time-out problems appeared to have gone away, I’ve managed to get all my posts up to July migrated. Still crap loads to go though.

    Delays in migration progress.

    The fairly large amount of posts was always going to be a problem, but I keep forgetting to adjust header values to fit with the template I’m using here. Can’t wait for the XHTML 2 all-purpose header tag. Early posts used an <h1> tag in the post below an <h3> tag in published output and later posts used a more semantic <h4>. What was an <h4> is now an <h3>.

    Let’s not forget ISP screw ups and intermittent service outages.

    My problem with WordPress.com’s HTML filtering system.

    The little ‘security’ feature they have in place means I can’t use <dfn> tags for my potentiallyOffensive coding experiment (you’ll read more about potentiallyOffensive experiment when I get the posts migrated), and also cause problem with my class=”hidden” and class=”offscreen” coding experiments.

    potentiallyOffensive.

    It’s a little experiment relating to censorship, freedom of speech and freedom of choice.

    class=”hidden” & class=”offscreen”.

    Personally I hate seeing full stops at the end of lists and header tags- <dt> and <th> included. The reason I put them there in the first place is back when I was working for Connexions, I was experimenting with some screen reader software, and the dumb piece of crap didn’t put a pause after each header or <li> tag in the navigation list. So I had to put full stops in the <li> tags, but hide them from view. Thus class=”hidden” was born (yes I realise other people may use it, but that was when I first used it). More recently I’ve needed to have some full stops (or other text) be hidden in @media screen, projection etc, and apparent in @media print, aural, braille, embossed, and others hidden in just @media screen, print, projection, handheld etc. Thus class=”offscreen” was born (early posts in Blogspot used class=”hidden”, later ones used class=”offscreen”).

    However I have noticed that the code disappeared between manual coding (I don’t like WYSIWYG editors) and publishing.


    Blogger Migration pt4

    September 27, 2005
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    Problem Work-Around.

    I’ve found a small work-around to the problems I was experiencing with my ISP– do the migration from Uni.

    So right now I’m sitting in Cell M1 in the Info Centre, typing away in an uncomfortable position because it’s not my comfy office chair, and my shoulders are hurting (although I suspect my wrists will follow) because there are no wrists rests in the entire University. I also can’t spell check my typing as although I’m using , it’s not my computer so I don’t have all my extensions, configurations at hand.

    Grr.


    Blogger Migration pt3

    September 27, 2005
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    More Problems.

    It appears that my ISP has decided to be an ass again. In terms of beep beeping quality anyway. Access times to WordPress.com and BlogSpot were so crap today it became impossible to migrate any more posts. I’ve still got to correct a post slug as well.


    Blogger Migration pt2

    September 26, 2005
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    Problem.

    I have run into a problem with regards to migrating from Blogspot (boo) to WordPress (yay). Blogspot.com and Blogger.com addresses appear to be unreachable from my ISP.

    And just to prove I don’t need blogspot any more…..

    Thankfully, blogspot had ATOM support. Which I used to read my own blog (well, mainly to keep an eye on if it’s updated properly and other experiments). This means I can grab the XHTML straight from the old feed entries in . Not as convinient as copying & pasting the code straight from <textarea> to <textarea>, but handy enough to do the job (and no more annoying messages about POST data).


    Blogger Migration pt1

    September 24, 2005
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    The Sidebar Links.

    I think I migrated pretty much all the links in my Blogspot sidebar.

    Now I’m going to work on manually migrating my posts over. Yes, manually. Regardless of an automatic migration tools, there are some kinks in my original posts that could conveniently be worked out in transit.


    WordPress Golden Ticket !!

    September 24, 2005
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    I got my golden ticket !!

    I’ve mentioned in the past I wanted to eventually move off of the blogger platform, because while it is a good blogging platform, it didn’t meet all my needs. I checked my email a few minutes ago and I got my Golden Ticket!!

    I’m in the process of setting it up now, hopefully I’ll be able to transfer my existing posts over without too much hassle.

    Want to get your own WordPress Blog ?

    If you want to try and win your own golden ticket to WordPress.com, take a visit over to .

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