Monday 25 June 2012

Shared Items Blog

When Google Reader removed the old Share option in favour of using Google+ instead, I started using IFTTT (If This Then That) to automatically post anything I tag with the word “shared” to a separate WordPress blog on my site. After I had managed to turn on WordPress’s MultiSite option of course.

I also imported my old shared items into the same blog using some PHP trickery and the JSON file of my shared items from Reader, so the articles I had shared in the past would all be in one place.

I started off using a random theme for my shared items blog, called Fiver. It was pretty basic and bare. I wasn’t happy with it though. Which is why I spent a few hours over the weekend, and today, putting together a sort of mashup – between Fiver and my regular blog’s theme. I’m pretty happy with the results, I still might tweak it a bit more here and there.

Why not check out my new Shared Items blog, and see the new theme for yourself.

Saturday 25 February 2012

Impressed With WordPress

I just realised that I never posted about my migration from Movable Type to WordPress after my previous entry about considering doing so.

Over the course of a few months at the end of 2011 I started the migration process. I set up a temporary test server, installed WordPress, imported all my old entries and comments from MT, and started the arduous task of editing my theme into the WordPress format. Really that was the most time-consuming part, everything else went smoothly. I also had to make sure all my permalinks stayed the same so that incoming links wouldn’t get broken.

I can’t remember now when I actually put the WordPress version of my site live, but I think it was before Christmas. Other than the comments now being powered by IntenseDebate, the site should look exactly the same now as it did on Movable Type with the added bonus of actually working!

I should’ve migrated years ago.

Thursday 14 July 2011

MT Strangeness

Why would mt-check.cgi and the System Overview/Tools pages give me different results on the same installation?

In mt-check.cgi it says that some of the optional Perl modules are installed, whereas the System Overview page says they aren’t. Also it shows up an old plugin folder in the includes section that no longer exists, which isn’t there in the mt-check.cgi version.

Very confusing, and probably something to do with the errors I’m getting.

Update: Hmm, well I just checked both pages again and they’re now saying the same thing. I tried clearing my cache and logging out/back in yesterday and they were different.

Action Streams Error

Just for reference, here is the error from Action Streams I’m getting:

Error during task 'Poll for new events': "expat_parser" is not exported by the MT::Util module Can't continue after import errors at /cgi-bin/plugins/ActionStreams/lib/ActionStreams/ line 20 BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /cgi-bin/plugins/ActionStreams/lib/ActionStreams/ line 20. Compilation failed in require at /cgi-bin/plugins/ActionStreams/lib/ActionStreams/ line 798.

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Thinking About WordPress

Movable Type seems to heading towards a dead end, and I’m thinking about jumping ship to the much more popular WordPress. There used to be a great community built around MT, creating plugins and helping out when things go wrong… but where are all these people now? Using WordPress!

After a few upgrades to my copy of MT and my web server, the Action Streams plugin that powers the LifeStream part of my site appears to be broken. I can’t work out how to fix it as there’s no one out there any more! Also the site search has been broken for months. I’ve hidden those sections since they’re useless until I can somehow fix them.

So I am starting to think seriously about dropping Movable Type once and for all, and install WordPress 3.2.x instead.

Sunday 19 September 2010

FeedBurner Ping Issue

I seem to be having an issue with Movable Type pinging FeedBurner.

UPDATE: Fixed it. I think I had an old URL listed somewhere that was tripping it up.
UPDATE 2: Still throwing errors, removed the option to ping it at all.
Tuesday 24 November 2009

Oops, Broken Feed URL

I just realised I’d somehow broken my feed URL, and now I’ve probably lost all of my old subscribers. Ho hum. 

It’s fixed now.
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