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Thursday, 30 December 2004

Notice anything unusual with the site feed?

If you’re see some strange things happening on this site for the next few days (disappearing posts, broken links/images, changing links, strange temporary posts that say "Testing…"), please ignore them. I’m in the middle of some major changes on how this blog is organized. You may have already noticed the new permanent link structure for individual posts…which, ironically, are not permanent at all. Beware that the individual post archives are an experiment. I may end up deleting all of them! I know, that doesn’t make any sense…but it really depends on how fast the next step happens…

Basically this is an announcement that I’ll probably switch from MT to WordPress. I’ve had enough of the whole rebuilding thing. I’d forgotten how time-consuming it was compared to WordPress, until this past week. I’m not quite sure when the move will take place. Whenever I get around to it, I suppose.

If it takes a few weeks, I’ll try to get a similar document structure working in my MT archives. Since WP is PHP-based, all of the posts with .html file extensions won’t apply after I move. For now I’m going to be playing with MT’s dynamic capabilities. I tried to create cruft-free URIs (with a trailing slash), but I couldn’t figure out how to do it — I found an MT patch that would enable the trailing slashes, but I’m not sure how to run the patch command, since I don’t have shell access to the Web server. So all of the individual posts have .html extensions. (I’d rather have the extensions than the cruft-free file names without a trailing slash.)

We’ll see what happens. The blog isn’t my top priority right now, so don’t be surprised if I end up staying with MT for a while.

Posted at 1:53 am | Filed under Tech/geek

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  1. I’ve not done this myself, but it should be possible to import your MT entries into WordPress which may solve the problem for you.

    Sarah (at did this recently.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I’ve actually tried that, but what happens is this: exporting from MT does not include the MT post ID numbers. So WP uses its own numbers to identify the post, and if possible I don’t want the numbers to change. From the research I’ve done, it’s easy to include the IDs when you’re exporting from MT 2.x, but the same method doesn’t work from MT 3.x (which I just ‘upgraded’ to! Bah).

    Aside from that, it’s just a matter of changing the stylesheets and templates and all that sort of thing. Whenever I have time!