When there’s no other way

Gerard Van der Leun is about to attack a problem I myself took on nine years ago. It’s going to be a little harder for him, though:

With the duct tape and chewing gum wads of the Movable Type software that holds this site together slowly falling apart, I’ve no choice but to move the type here to another platform: WordPress. This means that I have to do what nobody my age ever wants to do: learn a new program. Result? Posting here shall be light through the weekend as I try to set up a new home in space.

All I have to do is move over 30,000 items from one planet to another. Confidence is high. Repeat: Confidence is high.

I got this task done over the equivalent of a weekend in 2008, but I had only 4061 items to move. And it took me several passes to import all those posts. Still, it did work, sort of, the first time out, and I’m content enough to spit in the eye of anyone who suggests another migration.


  1. McG »

    9 June 2017 · 5:12 pm

    When I abandoned ExpressionEngine I was able to use its flexibility to generate static pages for each of the however many thousands of posts I’d incorporated into the database — including those originated with Blogger and Movable Type.

    I still have the WordPress database amassed in subsequent years but hadn’t bothered to staticize them. If I get several weeks worth of bored maybe I could import them into a WordPress.com site I have, and see if I can staticize them that way.

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  3. McG »

    9 June 2017 · 6:01 pm

    Nuts. I’d have to set up a hosting account that includes phpmyadmin, upload the database backup into a WordPress install there, and (hopefully) export it as a WXR file.

    I’m not that bored, and the content in question isn’t that momentous. Thanks, WordPress.com, for depriving posterity of those few years’ worth of my meanderings by not allowing me to import an SQL file.

  4. ETat »

    10 June 2017 · 10:17 am

    I did it in 2008 – or, rather, WPress did it for me: they’ve already written all requisite code fro importing content from LiveJournal. It took a while, but my archives are safely transferred; who knows for how long.

  5. CGHill »

    10 June 2017 · 11:30 am

    A good thing, then. I wonder how well LJ is doing under its new Russian ownership. (Or, for that matter, Movable Type, now based in the Far East.)

  6. ETat »

    10 June 2017 · 12:18 pm

    Oh, then you haven’t heard of the Great Exodus?

  7. CGHill »

    10 June 2017 · 1:18 pm

    Forks happen. My browser of choice is Pale Moon, a fork from Firefox from right before Mozilla started going crazy. And WordPress itself was forked from b2.

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