Well, that changeover is now complete — at least insofar as my not having to rely on Google’s Blogger system for post creation any longer. I’ve imported roughly twenty of my older posts into WordPress. All others will stay as they are, with the same URLs, but they will no longer be commentable by readers. (I may import more of them later, but for now, I’m quite tired of building htaccess redirects and searching for outdated hyperlinks.)
To be perfectly honest, this change to using WordPress as my blogging “back end” is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now. There’s a lot of work involved, though, so it was darn easy to put off. Blogger’s ending of FTP publishing on May 1 simply forced my hand, making me do something I probably should’ve done a long time ago.
Improved Commenting — Yay!
For blog readers, the process of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is FAR easier than it is on Blogger-created sites. And as site owner, I’ll have much-improved control over just about all aspects of Money Musings. That is something I’m really looking forward to. (Not that it was bad before, but there were some things I had to do that were just more labor-intensive than they should’ve been.)
Layout and Visuals
I’ve tried to keep the Money Musings layout pretty consistent, visually, in my new-from-the-ground-up WordPress theme. However, I’ve only had the opportunity to view it in Firefox, IE8, and IE7 so far. If things are super-wonky in other browsers, I hope to be able to catch the glitches and make corrections over time. (I’m still not happy with some things I see in IE7. But then, there’s only so much time in the day.)
In any case, if readers see any problems with the new blog layout or performance, I’d really appreciate it if you’d let me know what you’re seeing!