Well I’m fully up and running on WordPress. It didn’t go off completely error free. The importing of the entire blog was easy. Here’s what went wrong:
1) Archives had a different url structure, so I had to do a htaccess redirect from old to new structure. Luckily the blog didn’t date back too long, so it was easy.
2) WordPress imported some commas, apostrophes, and other special characters when it produced the permalinks. It didn’t happen in all cases, so this might be a bug.
3) This is more a carryover from my frustration with Blogger (I think), but formatting with the span tag in the html caused some posts to look ugly. I’m in the process of cleaning that up along with other erroneous html tags that Blogger insisted on inserting (like a mysterious span “misspelling” tag).
I’m sure I’ll find others, but that seems to be the bulk of it. All and all it was pretty painless. I’m glad I now have full control and able to tinker around. Now about the design… I’ll have to work on that a lot more.
I’m in the process of transferring this entire blog from Blogger to my own domain running WordPress. This is my first post to WordPress directly.
For practice, I’ve done it once before, transferring my Bills’ site’s blog.
Now I’m just waiting for the last part, switching the dns entry that pointed blog.mattsoreco.com to blogger. Once this change is done, I have a rewrite rule in my .htaccess file to forward blog.mattsoreco.com to mattsoreco.com and maintain the rest of the url parameters.
I left this off my last post about “finishing” this summer. I’ve wanted to transfer my sites (personal site and blog) to one whole site for some time. Now it’s done.
I know there will be some mopping up afterwards as not all the urls will match up exactly.
All and all it was pretty painless–assuming I’m not missing anything.
Next step is to freshen up the design and format. Which I must finish by the end of summer. And of course tinker around with plugins and other customizations.
This is good practice as we might move my company’s blog from WordPress.com to a more customizable installation.