I’d been meaning to teach myself enough css, php, and sql to finally use WordPress, a powerful, flexible blogging utility, certainly moreso than Blogger. The process was faster than I had expected, and I’m really pleased with the results and looking forward to WordPress’ potential. Compare to my hindsightedly hideous Blogger site. Yuck.
The migration was easy enough, but the customization couldn’t have been possible without these sites:
- UrbanGiraffe’s WordPress Theme Guide: A great hands-on dissection of the internal workings of WordPress
- Catsudon’s guide to Andy Skelton’s Blogger importing tool: Quickly fleshed out my WordPress site with plenty of XHTML-invalid posts from my old Blogger site
- Web Design Group’s Guide to CSS: Useful, but limited, as I came to discover
…and of course all the WordPress documentation and codex.
Like I said, there’s still much XHTML invalidity, due entirely to Blogger, but I’ll be fixing this slowly (standards, standards, standards). Some formatting quirks I’ll be ironing out as well, so there may be varying degrees of garbling in the near future. I could say more, but I won’t, but I will say, “If you’ve thought about switching to WordPress, do it, if for no other reason than that you’ll learn so much about css and php in the process.”