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The New

Hi, I’m back … I spent the last week migrating this weblog over to WordPress. To make a long story short, the old Movable Type system was getting bogged down with spam comments. The situation got so bad that I often couldn’t access the control panel until early evening — then I’d be consumed with slogging through a painfully slow system just moving and deleting those damn comments. When the time spent doing the backstage stuff vastly outnumbers the time spent posting new weblog entries (you know, the fun part), it’s time to move on!

So I installed WordPress and, attempting to find a template that resembled the old design as much as possible, selected a semipopular one called Andreas. Although the overall layout was nice, I ended up doing lots of tweaking on the typography until arriving at what you see here. I like this design very much (dig the modified banner art) – even if it still seems a little plain and LiveJournal-ish (no offense to you LiveJournalers).

As for the WordPress, it’s remarkably easy to use and I’m guardedly optimistic that it can handle the spam (anybody know any good anti-spam plugins?). Please feel free to comment on anything at all. I’m just happy to be back and posting again – on my third blogging system!

10 Thoughts on “The New

  1. Looks good, Matt! Askimet is the anti-spam plug-in you need. From what I’ve read and been told, it’s the best.

  2. Hey Matt–I like this new redesign! LJ-ish or not, it’s fresh for and that can often be a good thing! I like the new banner art, too!

    Glad to have you back. Now get to posting, mister!

  3. welcome back! looks good. not sure if this is your end or my end, but this is a tiny font to add comments in this box.

  4. Bryan on March 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm said:

    Cool beans, Matt- looks good! Glad you’re back.

  5. Looking sharp, Matt! Glad you’re up and running again.

  6. joy olivia on March 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm said:

    lovely and playful and wonderful in every way… so glad to have you back. i was missing my scrubbles fix!

  7. Julie Jackson on March 15, 2007 at 9:12 pm said:

    Very nice! I was thinking about WordPress myself now that Blogger forces me to use gmail. Gah! Good to know.

  8. Welcome to the wonderful world of WordPress! Looking good! I use both Askimet and Bad Behavior. Couldn’t do it without em!

    I also use a caching plug-in to help keep my host happy (WordPress can be a resource hog, apparently).

  9. I’ve been using Spam Karma 2 with my WordPress setup. In my experience it does a fine job of both blocking spam and (equally important) recognising frequent commenters.

  10. Welcome to WordPress. It takes some time to get situated, but it’s well worth the switch.

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