This site is running WordPress now; if you’ve visited in the last few days you may have noticed. The transition process was overall pretty painless, having done this already for my other two blogs; the real work is in going through old entries (many of the first, I don’t know, couple of years worth?) and updating them to fix the URLs (many of which are currently broken in WordPress) and re-categorize and tag everything.
It’s interesting revisiting these old posts, watching the evolution of the writing as I find a “voice” on the blog. And it’s amazing how far back this all goes—I started this blog back in 2002 and there’s been an amazing amount of change in my life since then.
I’ll be continuing to make fixes and add features over the next few days/weeks. That’s one thing I love about WordPress, is the ease of building this stuff out. (Of course, that can be one of the things to hate about WordPress too.)
I see today that the new WordPress.com free blog service went live. It’s a hosted setup, just like Blogger. Interesting, so I decided, what the hell, I’ve got a few minutes before I leave for lunch, so I just set up free blogs on both WordPress and Blogger.
Why? Well, to test out the various services, and see how they work. I’ve always done the blogging thing from the ground up, writing and maintaining my own software, so I’m curious as to how well the free services work. And it makes me more of an expert in blogging.
Actually, I’ve used WordPress before, in setting up my mom’s blog, so I’m already a bit familiar with it. So far the online service is very similar.
First impressions—WordPress’s service is easier to use than Blogger’s. Especially for non-techie types; to add links in the sidebar, Blogger requires that you edit the HTML of the site template itself, whereas WordPress gives you their easy link management interface to do so.
What with the current brouhaha over Movable Type‘s licensing and payment scheme for the version 3 software (what, you want a link? Feh, go Google it), all I can really say is, damn it’s sure handy to have written my own system.
I notice that a lot of people are seriously considering migrating to WordPress. That’s cool, it uses PHP and seems pretty solid.