Thinking Of Moving (My Blog)

August 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm 14 comments

I've gotten a little tired with the lack of updates that have been made to Vox over the past several years. It's like Six Apart has totally forgotten about us over here.

And that made me think that there's just about 3 years of my life archived on this website and there's no way for me to get at it if the worst happens and Vox goes down. And I'd hate to lose a lot of these postings. So I've decided I'm going to start transitioning over to hosting my blog on my own website.

Back when I first started with Vox I tried wordpress hosted on my own site and didn't like it quite as much. It wasn't as smooth, didn't have as good support for multimedia stuff and I had to really deck it out with plugins in order to get it working how I wanted it to. But I tried it a couple days ago again and it's definitely come quite a long way.

Right now I'm posting in both places at the same time while I go post by post and transfer 3 years worth of posts over to my own wordpress. It's currently located at http://www.nopurpose.org/blog/, but that's not the final design at all and there's a bunch of fine tuning I need to do to make it work right. I'm still going to post both places for the time being…going to take me a while to transfer everything over. I'm 1/10th of the way done now.

Even if I don't make the transition entirely, I'll at least have a backup of what has become my online journal. I definitely don't want to lose some of these notes and experiences.

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  • 1. maura_ea  |  August 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Ugh, you've reminded me that I need to considering what to do with MY three years worth as well. According to my post count per year, I have over 2K to transfer if I did it post by post.I really should have chosen a better place to host my online life record 😦

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  • 2. maura_ea  |  August 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Oh! And I added you to my blogroll 🙂

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  • 3. Jason  |  August 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Excellent. Definitely don't want to lose touch in the transition. That's the one thing I'll miss about vox is the community. I've got you added to my RSS reader, so I'll still be hanging around commenting.

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  • 4. maura_ea  |  August 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    No, I grabbed that picture myself because it was the smallest I could get – send me the URL for another and I'll change it :)How did you grab the ten most recent?

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  • 5. Jason  |  August 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    http://nopurpose.org/stuff/jason.pngThere, that one should work out better. The picture you grabbed was showing people why I can't fake smile in photographs :)I dunno if wordpress.com has this functionality, but the self-hosted one lets you import an RSS feed (had to save it to a file first). Vox only has the last 10 posts in the RSS feed though.

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  • 6. maura_ea  |  August 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Have you tried using Google Reader? I was able to look at them as far back as I wanted.

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  • 7. Jason  |  August 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Ah yeah, google reader archives the posts back that far. That's what I use for my RSS reading.

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  • 8. maura_ea  |  August 13, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I think you can – using the export feature under settings. Not sure though, I'm really not that familiar with RSS feeds I'm discovering :)So when you say "self-hosted" which premium option are you talking about on WordPress?

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  • 9. Jason  |  August 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    WordPress.com uses the wordpress blog software that's developed over at wordpress.org. Basically, they take the free, open source wordpress that anybody can use on their own server, host it for people and collect a bunch of the plugins and themes that are scattered around and make sure they work well together. Makes it easier to use for people who don't want to tinker around with it too much to get something that works.

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  • 10. Jason  |  August 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Drat. I just checked wordpress.com's import function. Looks like they've disabled rss import anyway. So that's not going to work for you 😦

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  • 11. maura_ea  |  August 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Dangit! I really wish this would be easier…

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  • 12. Jason  |  August 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    On the plus side, if you ever have to move your blog off from wordpress, you'll be able to actually export it it out.

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  • 13. maura_ea  |  August 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yeah, if only it had the Vox neighborhood feel and the easy privacy settings…

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  • 14. Jason  |  August 13, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I do miss the neighborhood, especially for comments. Using an RSS reader helps a lot for keeping tabs on posts though.

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