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Posted Jun 10, 2004 in si-blog.

This is an awful lot of work...

I spent most of yesterday working on a visual design. I am not supposed to be doing that. I am supposed to be doing the hard stuff, but I am procrastinating. I feel like my brain is a little fried right now, and I cannot wait for a chance to indulge in a little escapism (I might see The Day After Tomorrow... er ... tomorrow afternoon, for example).

To be honest, there are two areas that are giving me a major headache, and they are related. I need to figure out what to do with all the entries and comments that already exist, and having done that, I need to figure out how to make sure I don't break old permalinks.

I'm really close to just pushing the self-destruct button on everything that currently exists. Old stuff is going to take 80% of my development time, and that is ridiculous. Another option is just to leave the old database and archives as they are, but that solution is horrid.

If I pushed that button, it would be the one and only time it ever happened. This being a personal weblog, it really wouldn't be the end of the world.

I sound like I'm trying to convince myself, don't I?


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    Dude, dont't stress out over it! You can solve these problems in like half an hour. First, just do an SQL dump of your current data and comments, and use some search/replaces in your text editor to convert your SQL into a format which can be imported into your new database schema, including your original ID's. Then all you need to do is edit your current /blog/archive/entries/index.php file to look up the date/fancy title to reconstruct the URL from the database and issue a permanent redirect to the new permalink URI.

    Posted by Basil Crow on Jun 10, 2004.

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    It does make me feel a little better when someone can fix the problem in a single paragraph LOL.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jun 10, 2004.

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    Or you could simply install WP, customize it to your liking --and I am telling you that you could do wonders-- and be done with it. That isn't hard, isn't it? :-) Seriously.

    Posted by David Collantes on Jun 11, 2004.