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Site Updates

Just wanted to quickly update everyone on a few site changes. After seven years of using Movable Type to run NoahBrier.com I finally had to abandon ship after I couldn’t log in to post anymore. I spent a few days getting things ready and made the move this afternoon. For the nerdy amongst you, I wrote some scripts to make sure my old URLs don’t get killed which I will put up on Github if anyone is interested. Also, I rebuilt all the HTML with the help of HTML5 Boilerplate and Twitter Boostrap, the latter of which I’ve been blown away by (it lets you easily build out gridded sites without all the pain-in-the-ass normally involved).

On the less technical end, I’m now starting to import my posts from Percolate. If you’re on the site you’ll see them denoted by grey backgrounds. The idea is to use Percolate to keep the site updated with shorter curation posts: Linking off to the interesting content around the web with a short comment. I’m using a plugin we’ve been developing for some of our work with brands.

As always, thanks for all the support and let me know if you run into any issues. More posts coming soon, I promise.

October 29, 2011 // This post is about: ,


  • candice says:

    So what is it running? And how much of an enormous pain was it to move off of MT?

    I have moved to a static-updated-via-rsync implementation of MT to not have to worry about maintaining it, but it wasn’t my first choice.

  • Noah Brier says:

    Without the script I wrote it would have been a serious pain in the ass. It’s something I’d been thinking about for years, but had never found a way to keep all my permalinks that made me feel comfortable. What I ended up doing was taking a dump of my comments and entries from MT (left out categories and tags) and then writing a little script that converted them into WP entries. The wp_posts table actually has a place for a permalink, which I used to put the original MT permalinks and then I put a few lines at the top of my WP 404 page that checks to see if it’s an old URL and finds the new URL in the db. I tested a few times locally and then ran through the whole thing live and it went off without a hitch. Like I said, I left out categories/tags, so I lost those pages, but I’m not too worried about that. Let me know if you want to see the scripts.

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