“Ah, my droogs… Appy-polly-loggies. I had something of a pain in my gulliver so I had to sleep. I was not awakened when I gave orders for awakening.”
I think it’s time to change blog engines… No more MovableType? Sort of. SharpMT fans will be happy to know that I’m planning on moving over to TypePad. From my point of view, it’s a ready made MT installation that works without me having to worry about it. The downside is that there will be outages for a little while…
Why the outages? What can break? Oi. Whole bunch of stuff, actually. First on my mind is the search function. Instead of using a native MT search, it’s going to point to Google. Oh, don’t worry: it will only search the site, but that’s another potential problem… all of my permalinks will change. That means that it will take some time for Google to catch up with the changes.
And since the permalinks are changing, I have to figure out what to do with cross-linking articles… depending on how many there are will tell me if I’m going to redirect them directly or just point them to a search page… sorta sucks, but sorta outta my control too. I’ll figure out what to do when I realize how many there are. And the 404 page will not be custom for a while: it’s a feature that I’ve requested from Six Apart, but it’s not available yet.
Also there’s a shift from ASP to HTML. Those neat NEW and LATEST labels on posts and comments? Gone. Sorry! Can’t be helped. The links for downloads should still be the same, but that’s up in the air too. The update page that SharpMT uses to look for updates should still be working OK. The URL is moving with us too, so hurray for that. Alerts will still be fired but the images might be offline for a little while.
Comments will still be active, with better spam protection I’m hoping. Trackbacks too, although no one uses them or cares about them, it seems! Because of all of this, my new posts will be a little light. I plan to switch this soon – depends on how my weekend goes. And since SharpMT works with TypePad, it will continue to evolve… at least I think so.
Guess this will be version 3 of the blog, and yet the layout hasn’t change from the beginning, although this incarnation will over longer “category” pages, which is neat.
Good thing I’m not a web designer by trade – I’m too damned boring when it comes to this things!