Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress!

March 27, 2005

New URLs:

http://blog.plaxoed.com (main blog site)
http://blog.plaxoed.com/index.php?feed=rss2 (RSS feed)

Well, I’m finally off Blogger and so far it’s been awesome. In the past few months, the performance of Blogger has been simply terrible; pair that with a lack of features, difficult to customize templates, and a lack of web stats and it was just a bad place to blog.

Now I’m hosted through GoDaddy and it seems to be pretty good. They have a nice admin console that lets me do what I need and the price is right – it’s only $3.99/mo. for a good amount of bandwidth and PHP/MySQL support. Additionally, they are also domain registrars so they have a nice package deal. I looked around at other hosts (lunarpages, 1and1, startlogic) but they were all a bit more expensive or required year long commitments to lock in decent prices. Some of them might have better admin consoles, but I haven’t had to do anything not supported by GoDaddy’s limited console yet.

As part of getting off Blogger completely, I wanted to transfer my old posts and comments. Although there is a provided script and there’s one available for download that imports comments as well, it still took a lot of work to import everything out of Blogger. The main problem is that they seem to be having technical difficulties in publishing remotely. I had to modify my template, post to 99zeros.blogspot.com, save the archive pages manually, copy them over and run the import tool. It was quite annoying, but at least it worked. It would’ve been really bad if I had to manually import each entry :o. When I tried re-publishing my old blog entries directly to my new host for import, I’d sit at this screen forever:

Not sure what it was processing, but it never got past 0% 😦

Thanks to Matt Mullenweg and the WordPress team! So far, I’m quite impressed with what you guys have been able to whip up and provide to the community. Plus, it was super easy to find different themes and tons of plug-ins. Any problems or questions I ran into were solved with a quick search on the web. Congrats on building up a great user community.

Lastly, a new blog means a new style. You’ll notice that I’m using correct capitalization and an easy to read black-on-white color scheme now. Hey Scoble and Zawodny, now you can’t say I never did nothin for ya! 😉

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No Responses Yet to “Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress!”

  1. rose Says:

    this one has smileys! 🙂

  2. skeltoac Says:

    I’m glad the script worked for you! Too bad about Blogger’s “No! Don’t export! Don’t leave! I’m a Google product! I’m incapable evil!” shenanigans. Others have asked me what to do about the perpetual 0% and I’ve told them to wait but I like your solution. Enjoy WordPress!

  3. ddouglas Says:

    i don’t think that i agree with your reasons for leaving blogger. but, to each their own.

  4. ddouglas Says:

    i forgot to mention that feedvalidator.org indicates that your rss feed has problems. i couldn’t add the feed to my bloglines blogroll.


  5. I recently moved from Blogger to a hosted WP blog and had no problem at all. It *did* take a while to remotely post the archive file to my new location (I can’t remember how long – maybe 15 minutes?), but they came over just fine, although I abandoned my comments.

    As for why to leave Blogger, my *personal* take is that Blogger’s really great for folks who are starting out with blogging, or just want to try it before they make the jump, but between the lack of accepting or generating trackback pings and the lack of categories Blogger just didn’t do it for me. Those things could be easily added to blogger, while some of the other features of a fully featured blogging package sort of require a hosted system (stats and some of the more in depth configuration features). I didn’t find the templates in Blogger any harder to customize, though….

    Anyway, welcome to WordPress.
    cori

  6. Joe Says:

    I like word press and actually it’s really starting to become a tool now that Structuredblogging.org has a plug-in for this, however check out CuteNews. You can see a working version at JoeBurlas.com and the only thing I like better about it is that it does NOT use an SQL Database. It’s all on text files and it’s a simple app. I do heavily suggest it. Easy to move, fun to play with and very customizable because the template is the text and you can fit the text into any website framework. Enjoy. Joe.

  7. markjen Says:

    ddouglas – Feed Validator says my feed is valid (http://blog.plaxoed.com/index.php?feed=rss2) and I was able to add both my RSS2 and my Atom feed to my Bloglines blogroll. I was having some trouble with it earlier, let me know what error messages it gives you (if any).

    Thanks!

  8. PLMIV Says:

    Your feed works fine on Onfolio.

  9. rose Says:

    oooh, you edited your blog since I last commented…

    why do you feel the need to give in to peer pressue? you’re not 16 anymore. so who cares if you dont capitalize…it’s not like the HAVE to read your blog. now I feel like I’m readnig a book.

    btw, it’s painfully slow to log in to here as well. maybe even slower than blogger on a good day.

  10. rose Says:

    i believe that blogging exposes personal short comings. keep on blogging markus.

  11. Hidden Nook Says:

    I would recommend getting “feed reader” (www.feedreader.com) as it will read your RSS/Atom posts whether their are errors are not (which is good for me).

  12. nwistheone Says:

    welcome to the wordpress community bro… looks sweet… i also ditched blogger for ol’ WP… 😛

  13. ddouglas Says:

    markjen — as you already know, your feed is now validating at feedvalidator.org without any problems. i don’t recall what the previous problems were. anyway, it appears that whatever trouble you were previously experiencing with the feed has been resolved.

  14. areyousure Says:

    WordPress stuns supporters with unexpected fund raising practices

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050331-4759.html?67081

    News that WordPress — a popular blogging software — has been using hidden advertising on their website to generate funding has left some enthusiasts bewildered and others betrayed. The initial discussion of the links hidden on the WordPress website took place in a WordPress support forum. WordPress’ lead developer, Matthew Mullenweg, locked and commented in that thread offering an explanation:


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  17. kellan Says:

    I’ve been hearing reports of Magpie failing pretty consistently on sites hosted by godaddy.

    How is the WP dashboard working for you?


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  22. DBU Retort Says:

    How did you get your RSS feed to work with Godaddy? I am trying to set one up on http://www.dburetort.com and I keep getting 404 errors.

    Thanks!

  23. geldlening Says:

    Hi, I like your site! I enjoyed browsing it. Thanks. In Dutch we say dank-je-wel 4 thanks)) 🙂


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