I’m thinking about moving to WordPress

I’m thinking about converting this blog to WordPress.


I built this entire blog from scratch using ColdFusion and MSSQL. That was four years ago. Blogs have evolved a lot since then and I don’t have time to evolve my own software. There are a few features I wish I had that I don’t, such plain-text name URLs, tags, trackbacks, etc. I think WordPress has a better comment management system, too.

The change would be profound, though. All the sites that link to current URLs — those links would be broken. All the ways that I’m indexed by Google, et. al would change. I assume the search engines would be eventually catch up, and that my page rank (7/10) would not change, but I don’t know.

Once I change, it would be hard to go back.

I assume I could switch to a hosting service that would still give me FTP access to a server for additional file uploads, which I tend to use a bit, but I’m not sure yet.

Also, the URL of my RSS feed would change (but there would be more options available to RSS users), and that will be hard to effectively communicate to everybody getting RSS from this site now

A lot to think about … anybody have any feedback?

I started thinking about this last night when I set up a friend’s new blog in WordPress and was jealous of all I saw. My wife wants a blog now (maybe, sometimes), and it would be easier to set it up for her in WP, so I might as well move over myself … maybe. It’s going to take some work to get my archives moved over. There is no easy import path. I need to transform my archives into either one giant RSS feed or into a file that mimics a MoveableType output file. So who knows when I’ll have time to do that.

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