Getting ready to flip the switch on an updated site. Within the next few days I’ll move from Posterous to a self-hosted WordPress blog.
Don’t get too excited, though. Although it’ll have a redesigned look, it’ll feel about the same. It’s easy to go overboard with WordPress, but I think it’s important to keep this site simple, not only because of its basic concept, but because I don’t want to find myself knee-deep in code every time some 3rd-party widget mysteriously breaks.
For the nerds in the audience, here are the main reasons I chose WordPress over Tumblr:
- Importing my old posts was more straightforward, although I did have to make adjustments to all 300(!) by hand to get them to look nice with the new theme.
- I was able to keep the URLs the same for all my posts. Not that anybody was linking to my individual posts, but broken links drive me nuts in general.
- With regular backups, I can easily change web hosts without starting from scratch.
- I bought a premium WordPress theme; can’t let that go to waste! But it’s already proven to be worth it; the theme designers maintain a support forum where they answer questions and guide you through modifications. As a non-programmer, it’s saved me a ton of time I would have otherwise spent Googling without a compass.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it. For you, the only painful part will be signing up for a new account if you like to comment, but I’ll try to make that as straightforward as possible.