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Posted on 30th March 2008 by Ryan Somma in Geeking Out - Tags:

Spent yesterday setting up a blog and transferring everything I’ve written on over to it, AND IT WAS SO EASY!!!

It’s about an afternoon’s worth of work. lets you export all your blog content to an XML file, which you have to cut down to several 2MB XML files and upload one by one. The import will copy all your images over from your blog, and it preserves comments, categories, tags, etc.

Once everything was imported, it was a matter of installing the necessary widgets to show my flickr photos, twittering, etc. There was also some setting-tweaking to get wordpress to use descriptive links with slugs and set up the dashboard, and I did have to run through all my blogposts and re-embed the videos, since has it’s own odd way of embedding to prevent users from installing malicious code in their blogs.

The biggest hitch was when I finally transferred my domain name to the site. I had failed to change the settings in to use, which was causing wordpress to crash. Luckily, technical support does weekend hours, and directed me on how to fix it. Sorry to everyone for the blog being down between 3AM and 11AM today. is a lot like, but with some very important enhancements, like the freedom to add Digg, Stumble, and Reddit links to posts, put javascript demonstrations in posts, metadata support, put adverts on the site, and install site-traffic monitoring services with more granularity.

Plus BlueHost is infinitely better than my previous host, where all my other domains reside and will be transferring from. I regularly had to call them and give tech-support in order to get my sites working. “Okay. Now click on ‘Control Panel.’ Now click on ‘Administrative Tools.’ There should be an item called ‘ODBC.’ See that? Okay…”

I’m sure there are still bugs. I know comments entered yesterday afternoon did not get backed up, which I apologize for. If there are any major issues, please let me know. : )


  1. I can’t believe they didn’t properly address the exporting of youtube videos! The “[youtube=blahblah]” oughtta work in the self-hosting version of the software too. I’m surprised they would overlook something so common.

    Still, it sounds like it was less painful than starting over from scratch, and they manage to preserve most everything!

    I’ve always been impressed with the software. But I don’t like the lack of freedom of But I also don’t like the responsibility of self-hosting :)

    Comment by ClintJCL — March 30, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  2. Wow, so was a bit confused after reading this. I understand now, however never realized there was actually a and a and that they were different.

    Comment by sour Swinger — March 30, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

  3. Btw, I noticed that those damn little pop-ups no longer appear when you scroll over a link. That was so F***ing annoying. Must have been removed during transfer?

    Comment by sour Swinger — March 30, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  4. That’s a checkbox. I like it on, actually.

    Comment by ClintJCL — March 30, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  5. Actually, I think the pop-ups in are a plug-in. I know they can be really obtrusive on some websites. I’ll probably leave them off for now.

    Comment by ideonexus — March 31, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

  6. They can be turned off by the user, but it is really non-obvious that it can be done.


    Comment by BMF — April 1, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  7. Kahvalti

    Comment by Yemek — April 3, 2008 @ 3:26 am

  8. thanks.

    Comment by youtube — April 6, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  9. good.

    Comment by youtube — April 15, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  10. Yeah I also think they are a plug-in as well

    Comment by Aquarium Fish — October 16, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  11. WordPress is just to common these days. Which is why I decided to create my own custom comment blogging system. I like wordpress, but to many people use it now

    Comment by mrgtb — November 6, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

  12. There’s something to be said about common systems being a lot more interoperable.

    Comment by ClintJCL — November 6, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

  13. I can say from personal experience that community-built blogging software is vastly superior to anything built by one person. In my former bloglife I wrote an ASP application for blogging, and despite continually adding new features to it, I could never hope to keep up with what I get with WordPress. There are just too many useful widgets and perpetual upgrades.

    I do very much like the look and feel of your blog though mrgtb. I look forward to seeing where it goes.

    Comment by ideonexus — November 6, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

  14. Hello

    Comment by me — November 27, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

  15. it’s nice post, specially newbie like me

    Comment by DA — May 19, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  16. This writing is good and worth reading, I think.

    Comment by Khoa — August 25, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  17. your blog looks nice.i couldn’t change UI myself so i apply theme

    Comment by ?? — August 26, 2009 @ 1:55 am

  18. blog looks nice thanks .

    Comment by Rainbow Skill — January 15, 2010 @ 5:58 am

  19. You would not believe how long ive been looking for something like this. Scrolled through 7 pages of Yahoo results and couldnt find anything. Very first page on Bing. There was this…. Really have to start using it more often!

    Comment by shawn — February 26, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

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