Migrating from Blogsphere to WordPress

Although Mitch provided excellent instructions on an excellent tool provided by Matt White, I still had some issues moving my blog.  It’s me, not you.

The first issue was that all of my tags became categories, and only the first tag was pulled over.  Of course, I could have messed with the agent that Matt wrote, but instead I just cleaned up the posts after I moved them over.  It was actually better that way (if time-consuming) since it enabled me to be more consistent with my tags and categories.

A small problem was the slider.  It is supposed to show the title, a photo (if there is one) and an excerpt.  I never used the excerpt on my old blog, so I thought that was why none was showing.  (Hint:  I was wrong).

The big problem arose, however, when I went to check the feed of my blog and it wouldn’t validate.  I didn’t fully read the instructions on Mitch’s post (if I had I would have noticed that he mentioned an issue with excerpts) so I kept playing with the posts and eventually ended up exporting them, figuring all of my clean up would be exported, too.  Wrong.  For whatever reason, the export function on WordPress did not export tags and categories.  On 235 posts.

No matter at that moment, because I still had the pesky validation issue to deal with.  Mitch is an admin, so he had a little SQL command that he used to clean up his issue.  I being a developer attacked it differently.  I took the XML file from the export and replaced every instance of “<excerpt:encoded><![CDATA[<![CDATA[]]>]]></excerpt:encoded>” with “<excerpt:encoded><![CDATA[]]></excerpt:encoded>” and imported that file to WordPress.  Magically, my excerpts in my slider worked and my feed validated.

However, I still had to re-categorize and re-tag 235 posts.  Lesson of the story, I should have read Mitch’s post all the way through and when I had an issue with excerpts should have looked into that before fixing everything up.

So, if you use the “Mitch way” to migrate from Domino to WordPress, be sure and fix the excerpt issue, either his way or mine.  And if you want to preserve all of your tags, you’ll have to modify Matt’s agent to get all of them and potentially to write them to tags, rather than categories.  (Although there is a tool in WordPress that will make tags out of categories, if that’s what you want).

All in all, I am VERY happy with the switch and it went fairly smoothly.  Even with my glitches, it was easier than I thought it would be.

Thank you again to everyone that helped me.

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  • Nathan T. Freeman

    I’m curious, what did you get out of this? You had a blog. Now you have a blog.

    And yes, I was similarly curious when everyone else did it. I just think you’ll answer me. ;-)

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    Nathan, I answered it briefly in the prior post.  However, I’ll go into a bit more detail here.  Why do you drive the car you drive?  A car is a car, right?  :-)

    The first reason was spam.  Really that alone could have made me switch.  I was getting TONS of spam, and I had to deal with it manually.  It became really annoying and time consuming.

    Second reason was accessibility.  I don’t have Notes on my Mac, because I can’t have Designer on my Mac.  So every time I wanted to post, I had to start up my VM and then start up Notes (and then clean up spam).  I can access WordPress from anywhere.  From the browser on my Mac, from the app on my BlackBerry.  That rocks.

    The third reason (and not nearly as important as the first two) was comments.  WordPress has an automagic plugin for Disqus, which means I get notified of comments via email and can reply to comments via email, again giving me way more accessibility than I would have had before.

    Did I have a blog before?  Yes.  Do I have a blog now?  Yes.  Is there a difference?  Yes. 

    PS  Wanna trade cars?  ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/AndyDonaldson_ Andy Donaldson

    New blog smell.  Gotta love it.

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    Don’t you just wish you could bottle it? :-)
    A Running Leap

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    I sent that reply from my BlackBerry *giddy giggle*

  • http://twitter.com/albertbuendia Albert Buendía

    Hi Kathy,


    Dominoblog has an awesome feature called “antispam”. It’s not enabled by default. Enable it and you will have ZERO spam.

    I don’t understand your second paragraph. I have Notes on my Mac and I can blog just opening the blog application. I don’t need designer (¿?) for blogging. 

    Also, I have Notes on a USB stick with some applications replicated like mail, dominoblog, documents library and others. So I can blog anywhere just plugging my usb stick on a windows computer and this computer don’t have Notes installed.

    Dominoblog has also a web interface for blogging and can notify you if someone has commented a post. Or more simple, you can subscribe to your comments via RSS.

    So, you have not convinced me ;)

    Kind Regards,

    Albert Buendia

  • http://www.runningnotes.net Kathy Brown

    Albert, I wasn’t trying to convince anyone.  I was answering Nathan’s question.  However, since you seem to be trying to convince me, I will answer your points.  :-)

    I was on Blogsphere, not Dominoblog.

    I didn’t like Notes on my Mac, because as a developer, it was sort of worthless to me.  I need and use Designer.  If I have Notes open, it is to do my work.  Just the Notes client is like an appendix (an organ that can be removed and never missed).

    Oddly, I can’t fit a USB into my BlackBerry or my iPad.  ;-)

    Again, I was on Blogsphere, not Dominoblog, and with Disqus I don’t have to subsribe via anything, I am automatically emailed whenever anyone comments and can reply via email if I choose to.

    I wasn’t trying to convince anyone.  Nathan asked a question, I answered it.  To go back to my car analogy, people don’t all drive the same car.  Everyone has different needs and requirements.  By all means, you should stay with Dominoblog if that is working for you.