Out of Hanwell

September 20, 2007

Switching to WordPress

Filed under: Blogosphere — Matthias Miller @ 11:19 pm

I’m switching from b2evolution to WordPress for one reason: WordPress can host my installation on my domain for $10 a year. My installation of b2evolution has been becoming obsolete, and you’d have to pay me more than $10 to go to the work of upgrading it!

In less than three hours of hacking, I’ve set up a WordPress blog on my domain, transferred my b2evolution posts and media, and changed all links to my old blog to redirect to my new one.

I’m impressed.

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July 15, 2006

Upgrading to b2evolution 1.8 beta

Filed under: Blogosphere — Matthias Miller @ 5:22 pm

I just upgraded to the b2evolution 1.8 beta.

Things I like:

  • It allows a cleaner anti-spam solution provided by the Akismet plugin. The previous hack protected me from tens of thousands of spam comments and trackbacks. I have no plans to start using the new captcha or moderation features. (Did I mention that I like Akismet?)
  • The statistics and graphs are neat.
  • I’ll have to actually use it to find the rest.

Things I don’t like:

  • There is no documentation explaining how to update a live system. Is this even possible? I ended up taking down my blog temporarily.
  • This upgrade completely broke my custom skin, so I spent quite some time reassembling it. It’s still too cluttered and has a number of glitches. (The comments look awful.)
  • The skin isn’t showing my list of categories.
  • There are so many settings that I can’t find any of them.

This got me thinking: Is there any way to provide more of a one-click upgrade experience? Why can’t the backoffice pull down the new source and upgrade the database, at least for minor versions?

Update: If you’re using the Akismet plugin in the 1.8 beta, you verify that Plugins::trigger_karma_collect (in blogs/inc/_misc/_plugins.class.php) calls $this->load_plugins_table();. Compare with the CVS source if you’re not sure.

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