My Top 25 Posts article worked very well, so here’s the next group. We’ll see how much traffic this on diverts. In the meantime, I’m going to be creating new permalinks for the Top 25 articles.
This seems like a good way to get the transition started. Here are the top 25 most-viewed posts of all time, relinked to the new blog. A few of them I haven’t duplicated on the new blog, for one reason or another. Those links still point here.
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.
I have begun the migration I posted about earlier this week. The new server works great, domain and email transition went flawless, the new theme kicks ass, and the WordPress export executed fine. Plus, the selection of plug-ins is fabulous. However, there are a few niggles that will draw the transition out further.
- I am running WordPress on the new server. However, the import function leaves a bit to be desired. It does not fix your internally-directed links. I link a great deal to previous posts, but the import doesn’t redo the links to reflect the fact that the previous posts have moved to a new domain and permalink structure. So if you click on a link to a previous article, it redirects here. That means every internal link I’ve ever posted will have to be edited manually. Hoorah.
- Speaking of permalinks – there is no ‘permalink redirect’ function in WordPress.com that would automatically forward my old article links to the new blog. This means that (unless I figure out a better way) I will have to redirect EVERY POST manually by putting a message in each that the post has moved to the new blog. Then eventually Google will catch up. This means I will likely trim away some of my less-read posts.
- WordPress.com has an email function that allows you to easily put an email box in any post or page. Readers can send you emails this way. The WordPress.org software apparently doesn’t have this function, or it executes it differently, because the old code doesn’t work.
If you want to check it out so far, the new site is at http://www.open-source-innovation.com (please excuse the boxes, we’re still moving in).