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Migrated to WordPress

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This site, snarfed.org, has been running happily on PyBlosxom for the last four years. PyBlosxom has been great, and I’ve been happy to use it and even give back a bit.

However, the PyBlosxom community is pretty small, so when I needed a new feature or improvement, I often ended up doing it myself. I didn’t usually mind, but I’m not a web developer, so I gradually lost patience and interest in hacking on a web framework.

The final straw was server load. PyBlosxom’s caching is good, but not great, so when my site saw a traffic spike, the server’s CPU load would spike too. My hosting provider is great, but they still noticed, and it occasionally made them unhappy enough that they’d clobber my PyBlosxom CGI script.

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So, with a heavy heart, I started looking around for an alternative. I wanted something mature, with a large community, so I could expect bug fixes and new features without implementing them myself. I also wanted something that supported the workflow I’ve gotten used to: write posts with Markdown in plain text files, store them along with images and static files in Subversion, publish them via command line to a local server that mirrors the live server, test and iterate there, and finally push them live via svn up and other command line tools over ssh.

After some research, I finally settled on WordPress. I was reluctant at first, since it’s backed by a database, and I really didn’t want to be a DBA. However, WordPress’s stability, maturity, strong community, and wealth of plugins and themes eventually won me over. (Not to mention that a small WordPress database is way easier to manage than a sharded transaction processing backend.)

I’m still working out the kinks, and I’ll miss PyBlosxom, but so far I’m happy with the move. You may not notice much of a difference, apart from faster page loads due to static file based caching, but at least it’s less likely to get shut off now.

Here are some of the tools, scripts, and patches I wrote during the migration:

Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Migrated to WordPress

  1. I need to migrate my Blosxom site to something, anything. If I buy you a beer can you explain to me how you handled all the data migration?

  2. I just spent the day sorting out my pyblosxom install. I’ve got to say, I’ve considered the wordpress move a couple times. I think ultimately I’m going to move most of my content to a wiki format and use the blog more for status updates, so I’m probably not going to spend a ton of time on it.

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