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Under Pressure

Late last year my webhost suddenly switched from MySQL to MariaDB for its back-end databases, which meant that my aging installation of Movable Type, which had powered this blog for a decade and a half, stopped working. Short of finding a new host, paying a fortune for a newer Pro version of MT, or adding individual posts by hand indefinitely, my best option was to make the switch to WordPress, which I’d tentatively started with a blog project in 2015. I figured I’d switch over in 2020 so that the static archives from before the start of the year could persist unchanged.

Moving the site across has been a complicated process, and isn’t finished yet. I thought I’d keep track of some of the tips and posts I found along the way that made it possible.

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10 February 2020 · 1 Comment

Backs to the Future

Memories of England in better times, when HMV and Parrot Records were full of Carter USM albums emblazoned with the flag of Europe. I spent one of the happiest nine months of my life studying here as a Masters student, thinking deep thoughts, making good friends, performing onstage. I carried my 35mm camera around at times, taking about a hundred photos of the town over the course of those nine months, another laughably small number compared with what I would have taken in digital. I’ve finally scanned them and sorted them into a gallery for Detail. Take a punt:

Cambridge

1 February 2020

Under Construction

Some dead-ends in my WordPress theme-hacking attempts left me with one that almost works but misses some crucial post navigation links, which has put me off posting here for a few weeks. (That, and starting a new semester and a new course.) I’ll keep trying, but in the meantime might switch this back to a boring default for a while.

31 January 2020 · 4 Comments

Things Don’t Theme

I’ve been tinkering with this blog for the past week, but am torn on how to handle it. A guide on developing a WordPress theme from scratch got me to the point where everything looks like the old Movable Type templates, but fine-tuning the post navigation links and the comments formatting will need much closer engagement with the fine details of WordPress development, and will take hours and hours. Should I give up and revert to a standard theme with a bit of personalisation, or persist until the site feels like itself? Wait and see, I guess.

7 January 2020

Happy New You

The move to WordPress appears to have gone as well as it could have, with the other blog preserved and this one working seamlessly, although I’ll have to find a workaround for the RSS feed, which clashes with an old site area of the same URL. This WordPress template is a bit blah, too, so days of figuring out how to write my own themes no doubt lie ahead.

Meanwhile, the previous post provides links to all the old areas of the site until I can get them on the sidebar here.

Happy new year!

1 January 2020 · 1 Comment