Ghost - An Overview

Ghost - An Overview

While I'd already done enough digging around to know that Ghost would be a good platform to migrate to, there were nevertheless a few things that caught me by surprise. One moderately miffing me, the others for the better. Migration This was the big win. One could kindof get content exported out of wordpress in preparation for Joomla, and ditto Drupal, the latter has convergence issues, and while the backend has some fantastic ideas, the infrastructure is not turnkey for individuals who just want something that works. Given what I'm about to write, that is a higher bar than you…

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Back Up

Back Up

Had a few DNS hiccups - remind me to go over what I've suddenly decided I don't like about using Dreamhost as a registrar, but not deal breakers - but once DNS shifted over and I reran ghost setup to get ghost restarted, the SSL cert regenerated, and NginX restarted with said SSL cert in place, most of it fell into place. I still have some experimenting to do with a few other features, and absolutely need to pick a new theme, and am going through a few posts at a time to clean up some of the uttery craptacular…

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A Time to Change

A Time to Change

As the old saw goes, for everything there is a season. After helping out a friend with learning the current Squarespace editor, all I can say is that if the current state of Gutenberg is the best we can do after a year and a half, I have no desire to fuck with it. Squarespace has it’s own quirks, but if one of the templates is remotely close to how you want to set up your site (remember, graphics and colors are editable) you can whip something up and start on getting content in play, with a high degree…

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Commenting

Commenting

Looking at my options for migration – and yes, I’m aware that I can still use the old editor for a while but I’d rather bite the bullet given the issues the new and “improved” editor presents for basic writing that they’re just unresponsive about fixing such as still not allowing block elements like lists to be nested inside of blockquotes despite it being explicitly allowed, or making it obnoxious to run together multi-paragraph formatting – it’s a no contest for exportation. Ghost. That is still somewhat time-sensitive as the current WP plugin hasn’t been updated for…

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I think - Ghost

I still am debating the if/when of keeping comments going forward (sorry about the old ones in either case, they won’t import/export), but I’ve got the import / export chain for ghost working. The only part I haven’t proofed is copying images across the interwebz and then running a grep-style find/replace on the exported JSON file to update all the image link URLs for the new file root path, but that’s just copying, and a find/replace. Hell, I haven’t even picked a theme out yet, and would be comfortable running with the…

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A New Blogging Platform - the Search Begins

A New Blogging Platform - the Search Begins

As I recently detailed, I’ve pretty much gotten over WordPress because they made the most important part of a blog – the writing editor – far more difficult to use, this on top of making editing the theme and layout itself more difficult for educated amateurs or those who no longer consider it a hobby to learn a whole new platform just because. Incidentally, when I look back at the time I spent on CMS back-end and CSS coding, I think I could hand-code something before I got my head wrapped around WP and working with child themes. At least I’…

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So much for Wordpress

So much for Wordpress

As of today I am officially looking for a self-hosted replacement for WordPress that I can migrate all of my posts to. No, this change will not be soon, but it will happen, and here’s why. They dun fucked up. Oh, it’s still usable, and not broken yet, but the upcoming chaos is inevitable much like watching a train wreck in slow motion. There’s a reason I used WordPress. Not because I couldn’t write my own CMS – Did that for “fun” back in 2002 with the default LAMP stack. I’m no great programmer but in…

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