WordPress Plug-ins – Yet Another PhotoBlog

I seem to have a plethora of blogs now running. There is my personal blog which you are reading. I also have a baseball blog – Diary of a Diehard and a photo blog – 1 Photo 2 Share where I post a single picture per day. Until recently I was running all of these through Movable Type but as I’ve documented previously I’m moving all the blogs to WordPress.

The text-based blogs were relatively simple to move. There are migration scripts to manage the entries allowing you to export the data from the Movable Type databases and import the data into WordPress database formats. When it came time to migrate the photo blog, it was anything but trivial.

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WordPress Blogging Software

October 1, 2009
Recently I wrote an entry about changing blog software for the various blogs that I use. I had long been a Movable Type user but decided to change my blogs to use WordPress. In the article I listed several reasons why I made that decision and offered to provide details on how the transition went. Well that was nearly three months ago and I realized that I never went back to the subject. Since I am sure everyone has been on the edge of their seats waiting to hear how it ended I figured I owed it to you to revisit that decision and give you some details on how it went.

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Time for a Blogging Change

After nearly three years of using Movable Type as the engine for my personal blog I have decided to change direction. It is not that I disliked Movable Type or that I found it incapable of doing the job. It just seemed like whenever I needed to change something it took longer for me to do than it really should. Although I am a card-carrying geek that doesn’t mean I want to spend all of my time learning and relearning how to get something done.

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This is so wrong

When I first decided to get into the blogsphere the software was still pretty raw and it was pretty hit and miss on whether things would actually work. Slowly but surely the industry began to mature and with it came some stability especially from a software perspective. A couple of years ago I finally decided that it was time for me to give up the manual HTML style of blog that I had been running since 1999 and move into the zeros (2000’s). After reviewing and playing with several different software packages I finally resolved that Movable Type was best suited to what I was going to do. I bought the software. Yes you read that right I actually bought the software. I am probably the only individual on the planet that actually spent money for a license of Movable Type for individual use. I figured that if the developers took the time to create and support the software I should do the same and at least monetarily support them.

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Movable Type Upgrade

Six Apart announced the latest version of their Movable Type software had
been released. Version 4.0 has several features that look very interesting
which is part of the reason why I decided to take the plunge and upgrade
quickly. I’m not completely fearless though as I am not going to upgrade all of
my blogs. I did start with the largest one though when I upgraded Diary of a Diehard. I think I should have
had my head examined with that decision. It’s not that the upgrade was not
successful, it is just that it has nearly 1,000 entries so the upgrade process
has a lot of opportunity for failure. But I wanted to use the new CAPTCHA
feature of Movable Type 4.0 and that was enough to make it worth the risk.

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