My TypePad to WordPress Conversion

 
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If you’re a follower of my blog you’ll notice its new look. Copy / Paste has moved to WordPress.

When I first started blogging back in ’05 I was a bit confused by WordPress, so I opted for TypePad. TypePad has been easy to use, but I’ve enviously watched WordPress evolve into a far superior platform. And I’ve always been a bit nervous wondering what might happen to my blog if TypePad – a paid blogging host – decided to pack up shop. Earlier this year, its parent company, Six Apart, was sold to a new owner. My anxiety level increased. The thought that some new owner of TypePad might one day shut it down was frightening. But so was the idea that in moving to WordPress, I might jeopardize my content and traffic.

Fortunately I found Foliovision – and here’s three reasons why I can highly recommend their work:

My web design skills peaked with FrontPage ’98.

1. I don’t think in html, yet manage to do lots of interesting things with technology with only a veneer of understanding of what’s going on under the hood. Foliovision spent a great deal of time explaining the conversion process before I signed on. (How many times did I make them absolutely promise that a conversion wouldn’t kill off all my bit.ly links?) Since we started working on the project, they have patiently answered questions that a serious techie must find rather naive. Bottom line – while they wrote the book on TypePad to WordPress conversions – they can discuss it in layman’s terms.

2. They manage project workflow with style and efficiency. Through the conversion process I worked with four specialist via their Foliovision’s Basecamp collaboration tool. Replies were timely and each person seemed well aware of what the rest of the team was doing. Alec, Foliovision’s creative director, would periodically pop into the conversation with a great idea, like merging one of my other domains into my new blog. You never would have guessed I was working with a team based in Bratislava, Slovakia – half a world away from Portland, Ore.

3. It turned out to be an engaging collaborative effort. OK – so I didn’t have much to suggest to Martin about programming or Marieta about CSS. But I did have a bit of synergy with Michala, the lead designer and project manager. We shared loads of design ideas and exchanged screen shots as the look and function of the new blog took shape. We even found out we both admire the work of Barbara Kruger – you’ll recognize her influence in my blog.

So this is my first blog post on my new site. I’m eager to learn more about using WordPress and leveraging the custom Foliovision plugins. And, of course, I checked all my content, links, and data  - they made it over successfully. 

For more on Foliovision’s conversion click here.  BTW, I chose the Gold Service Option. 

4 thoughts on “My TypePad to WordPress Conversion

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    dkzody - July 8, 2011

    So glad to see you took up with WordPress. LOVE WordPress, hate Blogger. Your comment about FrontPage made laugh. Another program that I hate. I am an Adobe user from PageMaker to Indesign. Now, if we could just get all those Blogger people to move!

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    Peter Pappas - July 8, 2011

    Thanks for the welcome. I don’t know Blogger, but I’ll take your word for it.

    Actually I learned FrontPage when I ran a program for at-risk middle school kids. I promised them all a web page, we sort of figured it out together. The day before the parent showcase we uploaded their pages. Of course I had no idea about directory structure, so the last kid’s background file, became everyone’s background. I spent that night re-sorting into separate folders. Learning as I went along….

    Eventually I got pretty good a FP and taught it to both students and teachers. Helped lots of folks get started on the web. Then blogging came along …

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    Scott McLeod - July 14, 2011

    Awesome. As a former Foliovision customer who did the same, I can vouch unequivocally for the quality of their work. Great to see your new look, Peter!

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    Peter Pappas - July 14, 2011

    Hi Scott,
    I should mention that when I was going through all my angst over whether I should make the move – you provided calm assurance that it would all work. Thanks again.

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