The migration is going OK so far. I solved the internal permalink problem with the help of a learned WordPress guru. I also solved the contact form problem with the aid of a plug-in. The migration permalink problem is there to stay, I will just have to gut it out and redirect links manually.
That said, I didn’t want to be all doom and gloom, so here are a few of the huge benefits of migrating to a new server:
Custom Themes. The theme I’m using has a lot of functionality. Right there on the home page you’re greeted by a scrolling panel of featured articles. I can choose from one of five home page orientations, 2- or 3-column, and can also choose the look of my post and archive pages.
Plug-ins. Plug-ins are huge. There is practically nothing you can’t do with a plug-in. Internally, a plug-in helps me redirect permalinks. Externally, I’m using plug-ins for the following:
Sphere, which generates links to related web news and blog articles on whatever’s in your post (try it out here, the link is at the bottom of the post)
Automatic Social Bookmarking link generation (you’ll see it at the bottom of each post and page)
Contact Email Form generation, Categories Cloud generation, and a lot of small stuff that WordPress.com had built-in
In Series, which lets me easily index a series of posts
I’m still learning about the hundreds of available plug-ins so I’ll be adding them constantly for the new few weeks.
Amazon Affiliate Program. Since I’ve been including links to my favorite books in the ‘Library’ section, I decided to take advantage of the Amazon program. The Library is now called “Recommended Reading” and displays everything in a neat widget. I’m also experimenting with a few other Amazon widgets – one that generates a ‘title cloud’ of related book titles (currently sitting in the right side column) and another that associates keywords in each post and page with a related book title (not sure if I like that one yet).
Myers Briggs Section. There will be a whole section of the site devoted to Myers Briggs information and services. I will have designated URLs for individuals, teams, and innovation-related services.
I’d say that the new blog will be open for business by the end of the month.