Switching Blog Software…

I think I’ve finally decided to go to WordPress after all. I tried doing it too quickly last time and it almost worked, but I switched back when I realized I might need more than 15 minutes to figure out how to use WordPress in production.

Since then I’ve found a set of plugins that do most of what I want, but it looks like I’m going to have to put together a stats tracking plugin of my own. Richard Akerman’s dear blog: change or die reads like a feature list for the stats tracking features I want, and I haven’t found anything that can do what he describes (or even do what I already have). I developed most of the stats functions found here, but I hacked my way through the code in the laziest way and left myself with something that would be impossible to upgrade (this be a problem if pMachine was still being developed). This time, I plan to take advantage of WordPress’s plugin API and make it available to others.

Anyway, this will likely be my last post in pMachine and I’ll eventually have to disable comments to freeze the database before conversion. I don’t know the timeline this will all happen in, but it will be a few days before you’ll see WP at this URL, and a while longer before I get the stats functions working and make myself comfortable.

I named some good reasons for liking WordPress previously, but here are some more plugins to like:

  • The deal-winner that convinced me to switch: GeoPlugin with Plazes patch
  • BreadcrumbNavigation
  • Tags, one of many plugins to connect WP to the Technorati tagsphere, but which distinguishes itself for adding local tag resolution to WP (i.e. http://{site}/tags/{tagname}/ will display a page of posts associated with that tag
  • GetRecentComments and Top10, both of which I’m hoping will give me some guidance in doing my own stats plugin

3 thoughts on “Switching Blog Software…

  1. Well, I fully agree with your comment. 🙂

    BTW: I visited your blog earlier today and I just wanted to congratulate you on a well presented, and informative resource.

    It’s not often that I come across a web site that offers a wealth of quality. 😉

  2. how did you switch your articles from phpnuke to wordpress? did you do the whole thing by hand or is there a script to format you sql database? i haven’t found a single article on how to do this on the net. your help would be greatly appreciated!

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