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WordPress is a great tool for creating blogs, especially for housebloggers who have a desire for show and tell like me.  There is a vibrant community that supports WordPress and there are also assholes. Free is not necessarily without cost.

A great but technical article on the hidden dangers of using “free” WordPress themes.


Moving from Typepad 3

Finally got all the photos to show up. The problem is when using paid typepad to upload photos, it clones them, making two photos with different names then calls both of them when you insert it into a posting, effectively doubling the bandwidth overhead.

Consider this image.
When I uploaded it, it was named 42inches.jpg.
when typepad inserted it, it was renamed and it changed it into two images,
I don’t even want to think about how much space the names take up. It used an A anchor tag for the first one (an anchor tag is what is used most often for links) and the second uses an  img tag which is what it is for.
If you have a lot of photos, your bandwidth bill skyrockets.

Don’t even get me started on the quantserve 1 pixel gif tracking.
It is still an ugly mess in the code. I have to rebuild my various guides, but hey everybody knows we should have built the second prototype first.

And despite the image problems, which is a typepad problem, self hosted WordPress is a great blog platform.

Yep. typepad can kiss my furry Swedish ass.

Moving from Typepad 2

Moving from Typepad to WordPress went smoothly for the posts and comments, which at the end of the day the conversations are the most part of blogging. Because my blog is heavy with photos of projects and procceedures I have a bunch of work ahead so blogging will light.

Due to the directory structures between the two platforms, my images are not showing up. Currently they are showing up as boxes, which is probably making you cranky. I am working on this.

Thank you for your continued support.

Moving from Typepad

Hallelujah! I am finally moving away from TypePad. To WordPress.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
My new site is here. Bookmark It!!
Thanks to the folks at foliovision.com and this guide: Moving from Typepad to WordPress: 2009 Guide .

The guide is comprehensive, but complex. If you know your way around websites, hosting, FTP, and things like regex, you can do it yourself. If you are not comfortable with these, they offer a paid service to do it for you. It is 350 bucks, which is worth it if you have a site with a lot of materiel, especially images.

My new site is here. Bookmark It!!

It is not about the money as TypePad is a paid service, but is all about being locked into a system with limited expansion, terrible tech support, and regaining my freedom.