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:

As always, your comments are most welcome!