Moving To New Blog Software

I’ve been using RapidWeaver for a few years I’m been fairly satisfied with it.  It was fast enough when I had 20 posts, okay when I had 75, slow when I had 100 and now that I have over 150 posts it’s just downright slow.  Every time I upload a new post I  go use the restroom, surf the web, answer some emails and then it’ll be done.  Not exactly a speedy process.  Plus, it requires that I have my entire website with me whenever I need to update it.

A friend asked me about blogging software so this is the opportunity to take a look at WordPress.  In many respects it seems to be a simplified Joomla!, a popular content management system, which we’ve used on a number of sites.  I’m now a big fan of CMS because it makes managing websites so much easier and simpler.

So here’s my list of things to do:

a)  Look at alternative themes so it’s not the default WordPress look and feel.  (Done?  I’m not sure I’m happy with it yet but that’s one of the things I like about CMS – you can change it whenever with little hassle!)

b)  How easy is it to move from the test directory to the regular one?  (If you’re reading this it’s done!)

c)  Is there a way to export from my old blogging software to the new one or should I just start over again?  I’d hate to lose all those posts and the awesome comments people have given over the years.  (See the link at the top of the page).

d)  How bad will the spam be?  (Do you suggest any plugins?)

All of the old posts are here:  http://www.bkeeneybriefs.com/Old_Posts/index.html

As always, your comments are most welcome!

4 thoughts on “Moving To New Blog Software

  1. akismet is a must
    beyond that not really sure as I dont get that much traffic to worry about comment spam
    simply forcing people to register stops a lot of bots

  2. Congrats on the move to new blog software. Transitions seem to never go smoothly, but you seem to have pulled it off rather well.

    I would take a moment to talk about the light grey and blue. It’s really hard on my eyes. I can work 10-14 hour days on the computer without a problem. But 15 or 20 minutes on your site or ARBP’s can totally do my eyes in for the day. I can minimize the strain a bit by enlarging the text to normally unrealistic size. But if I’m on my MacBook that means a lot of horizontal scrolling to read the site and in the end, I generally don’t bother. Basically, I skim headlines, then if there is something I want to read, I copy it, paste it into Text Edit and change the color to black.

    As I said, most things on the computer and most sites don’t bother me in the least. The few sites that do just get taken off my list. But your’s and ARBP’s haven’t because they are valuable. (To be honest, I’ve paid my ARBP membership and haven’t really been back because of it.)

    Please consider using darker shades of grey (black is nice) and blue. Thanks.

  3. @admin
    Thank you so much. That makes a world of difference!

    It’s funny, I don’t remember getting older, but parts of me (eyes included) seen to have aged despite my explicit instructions against it.

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