I wouldn’t normally condone graffiti but this is in a class of it’s own:
In creating this blog I wanted to import my existing posts from my BlogEngine site. BlogEngine has the ability to export all existing posts in an xml based BlogML format, unfortunately this is not one of the formats supported out of the box by WordPress. However a quick plugin search returns BlogML Importer written by Sean Patterson which can read the exported file and add entries to WordPress.
An initial run successfully imported all my posts first time, there are some limitations however. For obvious reasons the plugin cannot bring any images into WordPress so there are broken images embedded into posts. It also does not import categories or tags correctly and these appear as guids which can either be deleted or renamed as required. Even with these minor issues the time saved from having to manually bring the posts in or write my own importer make it well worthwhile.
I will work through importing and fixing the broken links over the next week or so which will give a better overall result due to the improved image handling in WordPress.
After using BlogEngine.Net as a bloging engine for some time now I have decided to move over to WordPress. As such the existing site will eventually be retired and this will become the source for all future posts. Expect to see changes as the site is redesigned and styled, I will also migrate all the existing posts to the new site before decommissioning and set up the appropriate redirects.
You may wonder why I am moving, the reason is simple the features offered by WordPress and the community support with Social Media extensions is much richer. I will document the process of migrating the blog as well as the new build of this site as it is my first experience with WordPress for any that may be interested.
Stay tuned for future developments!
Ok well I received an email inviting me to log in and experience So.cl and my first impression are… I don’t get it. I mean it looks very nice but I am unsure as to its purpose or target market. The top bar has a web search so I can share my searches with others (presuming they really have nothing better to do) and post a status updates as with Facebook. It also has feeds the ability to follow and have followers (Twitter) and video parties where you can watch clips with others an comment on it. All of these features already exist in other social networks that already have millions of users so why will this succeed where Google+ hasn’t (yet), I don’t think it will.
Anyway enough negativity I could be in a minority so I won’t harp on about it too much, the overall design is nice very clean, sharp and metro influenced. Navigation is simple and once signed in you are prompted to select channels for your feeds. I guess if you feel the need to view large amounts of vaguely targeted information and share your (amazingly interesting?) web searches while aimlessly commenting on web clips in realtime then go for it. I suspect it will come and hang around in the background as something to view when all your Facebook friends and Twitterers are offline but go have a look and make up your own mind.
Are you frustrated by the lack of social networks available on the web currently? Then why not sign up for the new social network from Microsoft Research socl or better put http://www.so.cl can you see what they did with the name there, clever eh?
Currently if you sign up you are put on a waiting list (like me come on MS) as soon as I find out more than is on the pretty slides on the home paste I’ll follow up, check back soon.