More Changes!

After years of trying new things and expanding “my cloud” to more and more nooks and crannies, the time has finally come to do some major cleanup and consolidation. My sites were spread around to several hosting providers in addition to the many site services like WordPress, Flickr, Google, Shutterfly, and many more.

One major move, and this post is really a test for that, was to move a site and some blogs from my oldest hosting provider. The site move involved, it went smoothly, no hitch, no glitch.

Moving WordPress blogs is actually quite tricky. Besides the site files there is a database involved with each blog. I decided to set up a new blog – this one – as a default new installation followed by “exporting” the old blog and “importing” it to the new blog. WordPress provides tools for that.  That process worked smoothly too. The “export” tool description does not list “media”, and sure enough after import to the new site there was nothing in the Media Library.

I manually downloaded the “uploads” file and uploaded it to the new site. The I used a recommended tool, the  “Velvet Blues Update URLs” plugin on the new site. This also went smoothly, but not quite as expected.

The new site, in its initial plain form looked like this:


You won’t see it this way any more, more customizing has already been done.

So what’s the problem? The Media Library still shows empty.  The newly uploaded header image is there, and when this post is published the illustration here should go into the library.

Some more changes need to be implemented, primarily “repointing” domain names to the new hosts. That will come shortly.

Right now let’s see if posting to the new blog works. Setting up the blog in Live Writer worked just as always. This is still a magnificent tool.  The theme format downloaded just fine and all looks good.

So let the new NEWS AND NOTES get underway!