Correr Es Mi Destino Reloaded !

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After one week of struggling with HTML, Php and other barbaric names… here I am on Wodrpress !

The move wasn’t that smooth… but quite interesting actually.

I had made the decision to switch from Blogger to WordPress a few weeks earlier. I wanted more flexibility, I wanted to learn more about coding, and I’ve been blogging for almost a years now – I knew I wasn’t going to quit anytime soon.

My quest started on Bloggeries, where I’m a moderator (yeah, I ban people for fun and I love being sadistic !). I got basic advices for the move : I learned that I would lose my PG3 (oh well) but that it was possible to import all my Blogger post to WordPress fairly easily, my main concern.

So, I needed a domain name. I settled for “Correr Es Mi Destino” (“to run is my destiny” in Spanish, a line from a song I love), following Jorge’s advice (I was going to pick my Chinese name as a domain !). I bought my domain name at GoDaddy : the transaction was smooth, although I hated to website design and omnipresent ads everywhere.

I then picked a hosting site. I settled for Site5 and their $5/ month deal. Registering was easy but activating my account took way too long in my opinion… however, a few days later I was all set.

Site5 is quite user-friendly and I was able to install WordPress easily thanks to a Fantastico script. Here I was, with the default WordPress template for the first time on my own .com. How emotional. Nah, just kidding, I’m not that bad.

The WordPress interface is quite similar to Blogger’s. I didn’t have major problem there. However, the real fun started with the template customization…

I knew importing my heavily-customized CSS from Blogger was a big no-no. But since I didn’t want to pick a free template, I tried my best to recreate my Blogspot atmosphere. I picked a free 3 columns template and started from there. I’m quite comfortable with CSS, but Php was a nightmare at first… Just changing the header took me almost a full day (fortunately, I was on holidays !). The sidebars weren’t very cooperative when it came to setting margins and my main content disappeared several time. Let’s just say I was quite bitchy focused sometimes at home !

I then imported my blog from Blogger. Or at least, tried. WordPress 2.2 has a build-in import function, but unfortunately it doesn’t work anymore because Google recently changed their API. A quick fix exists (editing blogger.php) but it doesn’t seem to work for WordPress blogs hosted on a personal domain. Alright, what do I do, then ? I asked for help on the WordPress support forum but got no replies… my biggest disappointment during this move was actually the WP forum. Questions aren’t answered and when they are, the moderators and admins are extremely technical, thus making things harder. I understand there’s no easy way and there’s some research to be done, but we have to start somewhere… right ? I finally figured a way around : I started a blog on WordPress.com, imported my Blogger from there and then imported from WordPress.com to my own website.

My fonts were a bit messed up in the process but I’m working on that… and I’m sure there are still a few bugs here and there – should be fixed soon. There were a thousands little things to do, once the basic template was looking fine : installing the favicon, setting up my archives, importing my blogroll, my old widgets, signing up with Google Analytics… all that took a while.

Overall, I’m quite happy with WordPress. Sure, it’s much more technical that I though it would be : Blogger is a good place to start a blog quickly with minimum knowledge, and I’m glad I learned my basics there. WordPress is extremely flexible : thousands of plugins are available, designing new functions is a bliss and there’s no limit on what I can do. Feels good, very good.

I moved my blogroll with me so you’re all here guys ! If I forgot someone, if your link isn’t working please let me know and I’ll fix it right away. If you can update your own blogroll with this new Correr Es Mi Destino, that would be great too !

Now I’m gonna stop being such a nerd and I’ll be back to my usual writing soon !

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

18 Comments

  1. WordPress is great! I’ve been disappointed so many times on their forums as well and have just found the answers I was looking for after a lot of googling and playing around with code. I still don’t understand it all, but I definitely understand a good deal of it.

  2. Hey Zhu! Great move… let me know how things go – I may well progress onto WordPress sometime too. I’m still very new to HTML, so will get learning!!!! Anywayz, I’m back on terra firma now (just arrived from the airport and am checking my emails at 4.30am – how mad am I?). I will catch up soon!!! loadsaluv G 🙂

  3. Hi, I just came over from Diesel’s and thought I’d check out your blog. I don’t know what your old one looked like, but the new one looks great. I also really love the title. I’m still on Blogger, but I’ve thought about changing, although one of the things that keeps me there is that it’s free. I like fiddling around with the code too, and I did customize my Blogger template, but some things irk me, like I can’t get my comment window to expand.

  4. Hey Zhu!

    Blogger is alright, but I guess Wordspress is better if you want to use assembled programming.

    So congratulations on your new cool domain, and have fun with your new-old blog!

    Din

  5. There you are! Was slightly confused after your last post didn’t appear here, just in the RSS feed … but it looks like you have it all ironed out. And, the place looks great!

  6. Sarah : thanks for visiting ! You have a pretty cool website yourself – you look more WP savy than me !

    Spider : it’s corrected… 😉

    Keshi: hey, come on, follow me on WP – you’ll see, it’s a lot of fun !

    Graham : someone is a bit blog addicted ! 😆 You have to sleep, it’s okay you know ! I’m waiting for your pictures and travel stories – make me dream a bit !

    Theresa : wow, your blog looks pretty cool ! You definitely can tweak CSS ! WordPress is a bit tough at first, especially if you have a custom template that you really like, but it’s okay after a bit of learning 😉

    Eric : thanks ! I did see a cool future in WP… now it’s up to me ! 🙂

    Din: I’m having fun now but I must admit saying the F… word way too much the first couple of days 😆

    Shionge : if you are willing to learn, I’m sure you can do it too. I’m not exactly a coding person myself !

    Ghosty: yes, I did make weird posts yesterday to try out my fonts ! Thanks for the compliment !

  7. Oh, you are such a nerd it is unbelievable… I mean if there was an ultimate nerdness scale you would have set a new geek record. You are becoming a legend in the nerdosphere as we speak:)

    Zhu the WordPress Crusader
    Zhu the Blogspot Annihilator
    Zhu the Switch-Blog Addict

    You name it , you have it:)

    Great new digs , you got here!

    Hey by the way great smile on the profile pic, it makes one feel warm and fuzzy inside:)

    Take care and hope the new look Correr Es Mi Destino has at least as cool blog entries as the blogspot equivalent:)

    Bye!

  8. Great decision to move to WordPress Zhu!

    Questions aren’t answered and when they are, the moderators and admins are extremely technical, thus making things harder.

    I couldn’t agree more. At times I have been given rather harsh replies from Moderators when I haven’t understood what they meant! They ought to make things a bit simpler me thinks.

    Anyway, you’ve done a great job here, and it’s amazing considering you have only just moved to WordPress! Well done 😛 .

  9. I’m not quite sure if importing your old blog posts from blogger was a good idea, since Google is sometime quite picky about duplicate content.

    Besides that, congrats for your move and lots of fun with your new blog. How about some posts in french?

  10. As I was reading your post, I was overcome by an urge to say “welcome to my world”. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I am a web programmer by trade. Barbaric is a great word to use for all the many languages you have to learn. What is worse is that every few years a new version comes out and you have to relearn some things. I’ve never used WordPress but have used Dreamweaver, PHP, HTML, etc.

    Also, on behalf of my fellow tech heads I will apologize for how you were treated on the forum. It seems that there are some tech heads who have spent a bit too much time with their computer and have forgotten basic rules of engagement when interacting with humans.

    Have fun with your adventures in coding!

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