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Switched Site from Textpattern to WordPress… Expect Some Bugs

I am excited to announced that it appears I have successfully moved Walkable Neighborhoods from Textpattern to WordPress! I am still tweaking the design, but you are welcome to check it out. There are, of course, a few glitches which will be painfully obvious. The biggest problem is that NONE of my images moved over. The problem was that I was using a special plugin in Textpattern that placed some code in my posts that WordPress cannot interpret. So, I am going to have to go back and redo all of those old posts. I needed to do this anyway.

I’ve been using WordPress on a few other sites (see fremontpark.net for one), and I decided that it’s just so much more user-friendly and seems to have a lot more momentum going for it. Textpattern seemed to be dying, and while I loved the customization capabilities, it was just too cumbersome and complicated for my needs. With WordPress, I can whip out new designs pretty easily… the code and the function is a little more separated for my tastes. There are a plethora of plugins to choose from that will also add some great functionality to the site once I implement them.

The main reason for the switch is the ability to post articles more easily. I found it pretty difficult and time consuming to post how I wanted to in Textpattern. So far with WordPress, it seems much better. I hope I’m right.

I’ve decided to hold off for now on the Top 20 Cities series for now. I couldn’t wait any longer to make the website changes.

And by the way, yes, we are back to the name Walkable Neighborhoods instead of neighborhoods.org.  Everyone still referred to this site as Walkable Neighborhoods anyway, and I think it is more effective in letting people know what we’re about. I am still working behind the scenes on some big projects and I’m hoping with this move, I will be able to intergrate things a little better.

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  • Chad McCullough April 1, 2009, 4:50 pm

    It’ll all come together. A move as large as yours will always come with a few glitches. Recently, I switched my site from Textpattern to Drupal (since I do a lot of Drupal development) and I’ve been much happier. Textpattern is described as “user friendly” in all the reviews but I never thought of it as such. You’ll be very happy with Wordpress. It’s in constant development and there are lots of plug-ins.

  • Eric Fredericks April 1, 2009, 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Chad. I considered Drupal at one point, but I think WP will be just fine for this site. I might consider it in the future.

    The lack of photos is killing me though 🙁

  • John April 7, 2009, 9:40 pm

    Stupid move. Textpattern is so much more flexible than Wordpress and its inline php code. Whatever. Some people like garbage.

  • Eric Fredericks April 7, 2009, 10:23 pm

    Perhaps it was a stupid move. Seems that people can much more easily leave me nasty comments now.

    I’m not a hardcore programmer. I think Wordpress suits my needs much better. It takes forever to craft a post in Textpattern the way I’d like to see it vs. Wordpress. The main reason I switched is that I felt Textpattern was a sinking ship. Wordpress has momentum. Wordpress doesn’t have near the power that TXP does, but I don’t need it and found it quite frustrating at times.

  • Carolyn G-Tu April 7, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Eric, I think you made the right move to WordPress – think maybe you just need more plugins – I’ve noticed quite a few bloggers even requiring registration to slow negative people from just dropping comments.

  • Eric Fredericks April 7, 2009, 11:40 pm

    Thanks, Carolyn. I was kind of being snarky in my last remark. By far and away I get positive comments from people.

    I definitely agree with you. More plugins are on the way. I just need to find some time to work on it!

  • Adam Kayce April 17, 2009, 8:28 am

    Congrats on the move – I’m a WordPress designer myself, so I know what you’re now into.

    I just had to leave a comment about the registration issue… unless you have a huge—and I mean HUGE—readership, enforcing registration is probably going to kill the conversation on your site. New people will consider it more work to register than just leave a comment, and you’ll end up only hearing from the extremes – total fans, or total haters.

    Instead, make it so only people who have previously moderated comments can leave one; otherwise, they go into the moderation queue, and you can spam/delete/approve them as you see fit.

    If you add a little “No trolls” proviso, you’re setting the stage for cool people. The losers will know they’re going to be banned, and will probably leave you alone. After all, this is your house — no reason to let the morons come in and crap on your couch.

  • Maggie June 14, 2009, 11:48 am

    COngrats on moving to wordpress! You can play around with the various themes and plugins that wordpress offers 🙂

  • Cary Real Estate Blog August 17, 2009, 7:25 am

    Great blog! Thanks a lot for it!


  • werner October 16, 2009, 7:33 am

    So its safe to say the talk about the attack on wordpress is just a load of rubbish?
    mind you, i’ve come to like wordpress

  • alex October 21, 2009, 6:02 pm

    i love how detroit isint on here. im from chicago and i live right outside of detroit now and i hate it! everybody around here loves detroit and bashes chicago when u obviously see how great chicago is. it dominates detroit! chicago should be higher than new york tho

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