Wow. What can I write but a big, stinkin’ WOW.

I literally spent the advertised 5 minutes to install WordPress. I especially liked the install steps:

Where you expecting more steps? Sorry to disappoint you

Using the instructions in the WordPress Codex, I was able to so easily import 867 MovableType entries, I thought it could not be true. Using the collection of suggestions, I exported the MT blog as a giant 3 Mb text file. I followed the suggestions, and used BBEdit to convert the file encoding to UTF-8, uploaded to my wp admin area, and ran the script.

Shazam! That was too friggin easy. The power, the interface, and the features I am just scraping at are exciting, almost like discovering blogging anew. I should have done this long ago! Anyhow, rather than try and get everything lined up, I will announce now over at the Movable Type 2 years worth of CDB that the blog house has moved to this new locale.

One hich I bonked a bit on was not having my .htaccess file in the correct location for the Permalinks to work as advertised… but that was not too quickly uncovered (well after 10 minutes of messing around and temporarily making al web content “Forbidden” access).

I played around with the Categories interface to do a reorganization of my sloppy scheme— doing that in MT would have taken days, months, years…

To be done over the next few weeks are developing a custom theme, tweaking template, playing with all the cool plugins, but hey I love WordPress, I really do.

I could not resist looking for some themes (there are zillions of them), for now this is “Connections” from

This is one happy bloggin’ fool

Featured Image (added years later, because I can):

You Want Easy?
You Want Easy? flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


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  2. Did you update your feedburner feed with the new CDB source feed? That’s what I’m actually subscribed to…

    Yay! No more captcha!

  3. One more thing; I noticed that the “1 comments” link on the homepage goes to “#comments”, but the anchor seems to be named “#respond”, judging from the box on the right of the entry page.

  4. Congrats, Alan! Good to hear the migration was smooth. WP is great, in that it lets you do whatever you want, and then gets out of the way. Very powerful stuff…

  5. Also, don’t forget to check out the “Pages” functionality – static pages managed by the WordPress engine, but living outside of the regular blogspace. Great for the “About” and “Contact” pages on the header nav bar (if you keep that in your eventual theme).

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