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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Movin' on Up

I'm attempting to move up in the world. I'm in the process of switching my Web site to a new host that provides me with the stuff needed to use Movable Type.

I read a lot of blogs, and I can't help but notice how easy it is to post comments on the ones with Movable Type or WordPress. Sometimes it's easy on Blogger and sometimes it's unbearably slow. I want to make everything as easy as possible for you folks reading my babbling.

Problem is, when you transfer all your posts to Movable Type, you lose all the comments on the old entries. That makes me sad because I love the comments. They make me smile.

So I'm debating. Maybe I will move everything over there and keep this one up, too. Maybe I will back out of this whole thing and just hunker down here at Blogger.

What do you think? Anybody out there who's made the switch? Or any advice (or caveats) from fellow Blogger-ites or from Movable Type folks?


heather said...

I use an open source project called Serendipity for my blog. I have really enjoyed it and the developers are very helpful if I have questions. There are lots of helpful plugins and I believe that they have some kind of setup for importing posts & comments from other blogging systems. If you want to check it out go to www.w9y.org. Their forums are very active and they are great about answering questions quickly. If you aren't a technogeek you might want to ask how the import process works before you decide to switch.

Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions.

1:31 PM  
Greg said...

I’m pretty new to this whole blogging thing. I’m still trying to figure out who pays for it. Granted a server is not the most expensive thing to set up, but still someone has to maintain it and occasionally upgrade it. I never see adds on my Blogger site so who pays for the whole thing?

It is hard for me to pass judgment on one type or the other because of my lack of exposure. Can you give an example of a Movable Type blog I can see? If there is a good reason for me to switch I’d rather do it now rather than wait until I have months or years worth of blogs.

2:27 PM  
Kristin said...

Grex, I'm not sure who pays for Blogger. It's part of the Google company. It is nice that there are no ads on the site. And it's really awesome for a free thing.

Movable Type the program is free, but you have to provide your own Web space that is capable of handling the program's requirements. I've had my domain set up at Yahoo, but it costs a bunch more to get the upgrade. I'm cheap.

Some sites that use Movable Type: houseinprogress.net, Fixer Upper (http://www.onesmallspark.com/home/), This Old Decrepit House (http://www.lestercat.net/house_03/index.php)

Movable Type has an easier comment system (though it seems Blogger has been less slow lately) and lets you sort things in categories and have a calendar. Typepad is Movable Type that is hosted, like Blogger but not free. Not too expensive, though. I don't want Typepad because it won't let me mess with the html ... at least that I've figured out.

3:27 PM  
Greg said...

Gotcha. Not sure if the company that hosts my domain supports PHP on the server (I noticed one ended in INDEX.PHP). The company I use is part owned by The Evil Empire (aka Microsoft) so it is all ASP driven. It is convenient because I can do web front ends for Access db files. I'll probably just stick with Blogger. I'm not much of a 'bells and whistles' guy these days.

4:39 PM  
Ana said...

I use Blogger and I'm happy with it. I don't find it that slow. By the way, your template is beautiful. Did you design it?

I'm using one of their templates and I find I can change the looks of it. I'm not that much of a techno-geek so my changes are probably small.

At one point in time I thought of changing just the comments feature and use Haloscan instead, but I also I found that I would loose all the previous comments so I decided to stay with Blogger.

And, let's face it, they are getting better all the time. What more can you ask for a free, no add blog service?

5:18 AM  
Kristin said...

You have a point, Ana. They are getting better. For a while there, the comments were unbearably slow, but lately they're popping right up. I have DSL both at work and home, though, so I don't know how it does on a dialup connection.

I took one of the Blogger templates and kept changing it until I was happy with it. Though on my sister's Mac on AOL, it looked all messed up, so I don't know! :)

I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it to switch.

8:43 AM  
merideth said...

A POX ON MOVABLE TYPE!! I've tried and tried to get the damn thing working and on several different hosts. It's configuration is just different enough from host to host to make it a freakin nightmare to guess at why the hell it's not happy now.

While blogger occassionally bugs me...I LOVE its spam blocking ways. Though at this point i might try heather's serendipity to gain more control over the design.

Basically i'm not a coder, dont wanna be a coder. But, as i designer, i do want to control the look and feel.

5:57 PM  
Kristin said...

Yeah, Movable Type is ticking me off on the new server, too. I think I am going to cancel the whole thing. I managed to get my posts imported over there fairly easily, but my template just refuses to look right. And too much will have to change. It's too much work for too few results!

I think your site looks great anyway, Meredith! :)

9:15 AM  

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