Alex Hudson

Thoughts on Technology, Product, & Strategy

Brand new old blog.

You may have noticed that I’ve been very quiet on my blog over the past couple of months. This has been for a couple of reasons: primarily, I’ve been really busy, but also because I’ve been sort-of locked out of it while my laptop was out of commission. I was a Blosxom user, which is a lovely piece of software and very simple, and I chose it because it’s very easy to integrate into another site – however, that has now bitten the dust.

At some point, for some unknown reason, all my historic blog entries ended up getting dated to September. Blosxom takes the dates from the file stamps, and there’s no other information I seem to have available – so, basically, my blog history is now entirely buggered.

Anyway. I’ve used this as an excuse to move to WordPress 2.7 – the release that just came out. I’ve always been a bit against WordPress, mainly because it needs an SQL database, but also because it seemed so complex and difficult to work into my existing site. However, I did it earlier today, and it probably took literally an hour – the hard part was making the mod_rewrite rules actually work for the permalinks.

I found DeWitt Clinton’s blog post on moving from Blosxom, and with a bit of light editing to the script he provided, I managed to import all my old data – thanks, DeWitt 🙂 All my old posts are back – minus the correct dates and permalinks, of course – which is nice.

Basically, it all seems the same from the front – albeit it I can now take pings, comments, and all that new lovely stuff. Plus, I can access my blog from whereever now, and hopefully that will mean I can blog more easily / more often. Let me know if you find anything broken!

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2 Comments

  1. Congratulations on the upgrade – glad it went well for you.

    I’ve been running WordPress on my blog for a while now, never viewed the MySQL dependency as a problem – I own the server, and when creating a new database is a simple two line matter of creating it then granting permissions. None of that ‘five mysql database limit’ rubbish I see on most but the top hosting packages 😛

    (Downside is I’m stuck on a crappy ADSL connection for the server!)

  2. Alex

    Yeah, the MySQL thing was more of a disinterest in SQL management than anything else – I find MySQL to be relatively baroque in terms of how permissions etc. work, and I’ve always been a little unsure of how easy it would be to back it up – but, I guess I’ll have to figure that out now 🙂 I’m use the GUI administration tool via ssh, and that seems to be working pretty well, so I just need to get over my MySQL phobia.

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