Moving to WordPress in several weeks
Again I’ve some issue with the IntenseDebate comment system. Apart that I’ve 2 areas to comment (a problem never solved by them till now), other problem is that one single reply of a comment I’ve done by email, generated thousands of my own replies (there are still there, I was bored after deleting some hundreds).
Moreover, some comments are missing frequently and the last pearl on this week, after IntenseDebate deactivated the CommentLuv plugin to update it, they also deleted the URL field on my comments. May be they solve it in some days (or not) and support can respond it, in an eternity or never, as usual. Therefore this is enough with ID and I don’t want to return to blogger comment system, then I’ll be moving all my blog to self-hosted WordPress in several weeks.
UPDATE Jan 27, 2011:
I’ve received an email from support explaining about the URL issue and they will try to remove this glitch of thousands duplicated comments for a single reply. If they aren’t deleted, when I move to WP this huge duplicated quantity will go with me, not good.
They will also remove extra installs on this actual Blogger platform to have a better transition.
Also they informed me a WP plugin to import IntenseDebate comments from Blogger blog to WordPress. This is very useful. Thanks to support.
If you want to comment, please use ID of IntenseDebate or enter with WordPress or use twitter.
If you wish to use name and email, the URL isn’t there; in this case put it in the area of comments your blog-link. This isn’t an advisable practice, but this is an exception and I’ll support it.
I had a pillar article to publish on this week, but after seeing other problem with the ID comment system, I suspended the post and subsequently, also posts that were ready in my draft folder – I’ll reserve them for my new WP home.
I’m preparing technically for the move and it’ll be “funny”, because I’ve half comments in blogger and the other half in ID.
Which are my next movements?
– Host my blog in reliable server, with a reasonable cost and a good customer support.
I much appreciate for WP users, which are using and why? Any suggestions?
– Transfer my own domain sweetsfoods.com from Blogger to WordPress.org
– Try to maintain my principal emails on my own domain if it’s possible @ sweetsfoods.com
– Choose a WP theme, to begin free; later I’ll study the most sophisticated paid WP themes. Again, any suggestions?
– Move all my post with comments, half in blogger and the other half in ID – I don’t know how it’ll be the result of these mix of systems on the new platform, the worst scenario should be doing it, one by one, by hand….
– Update all my images on the new platform; this must be done by hand – time and more time…
– Update all my new links to try to not lose the “SEO juice” I’ve till now.
– Choose and install plug-ins. Which recommend you, as most helpful?
– Update my RSS feed to the new server maintaining the RSS feedburner.
And more tasks …and …and I hope I’ll have the less possible headaches in the transitions, but in programming often are unexpected issues.
Doing a brand-new blog, with new domain is much easier than dragging posts and comments behind to the new platform.
Then I need to focus completely in the transition. I’ll be most of my time in blogging, making the necessary steps to accomplish successfully the move.
This means that I need to sacrifice my social-networking-time for the technical-time required (I hope the less possible!)
In other words, I’ll stop visiting/commenting/sharing posts of other bloggers, till I conclude all the essential tasks to migrate to WP – sorry people!
I expect to be posting normally in my new WP home (after cleaning all the dust e.g. wrong links, settings, etc) as soon as I can, but I bet that will be several weeks in the middle.
I’ll stop using Stumbeupon and other social sites, perhaps a little on Twitter/Facebook but you can contact me anytime, I’ll be working in my blog-backyard.
Also, I’ll not post the “best of the week” series, until I end the migration – because I’ll not have time to read the articles.
In next weeks, I’ll publish and pick the winner of the CSN giveaway with random.org and, perhaps, this will be the last post on this blogger platform.
For people using self-hosted WordPress: any kind of suggestions, articles-related, tips or ideas are welcomed 🙂
For all my actual readers and new readers – I expect to meet you virtually again as soon as I can.
Best for You,