After about 5 years I had the urge to move on – concerning my current blog. All these years Zope/Plone served me very well, but I just couldn’t really keep up with maintaining Plone and paying the attention it deserved. Also update to newer versions started to be a pain, and I just could afford the time to get new features in place.
OK – so this was the starting point to look for a new home; and here we are now. WordPress offered a lot of what I wanted from a blog-system, so I though – hell, give it a try.
The worst thing about moving to WordPress was getting all of my existing content over. So I had to get about 170 blog posts and several other posts out of the Zope-Database and into WordPress. Fortunately I found a very good posts about how to move from Plone to WordPress. Basically I followed the steps outlined there.
To get my blog-posts, which are based on CoreBlog2, I had to modify the page-template a little, to find the right items in my plone catalog.
The next step was to convert the xml to an Moveable-Type format. Apposed to Len I didn’t do anything to convert my URL – at least not at this point. So the moveable-type format was now ready to be imported. Since CoreBlog allowed for posts to be grouped into categories as well as to have keywords assign, I decided to map the categories (contained in the element
PrimaryCategories and to map the keywords from Plone to Moveable Type keywords.
</xsl:text> <xsl:for-each select="keyword"> <xsl:value-of select="." />, </xsl:for-each>
So now I had my posts imported into WordPress. The last step was to make sure that at least some URLs would still work. Unfortunately I missed to get the names of the posts just as they where before – but I couldn’t find any Moveable Type property to specify the name of a post. So I doubt that this is actually possible – at least not with Moveable Types. And this was the way I had chosen, so I was stuck with “wrong” post-names.
But fortunately the post-dates where correct and unique. So created a little XSLT to generate update-statements for the WordPress database.
<?xml version="1.0"?><xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"> <xsl:output method="text" encoding="UTF-8" omit-xml-declaration="no" indent="yes" /> <xsl:template match="/"> <xsl:for-each select="//post"> update wp_posts set post_name='<xsl:value-of select="textFix" />' where post_date='<xsl:value-of select="creationDate" />'; </xsl:for-each> </xsl:template> </xsl:stylesheet>
So that took care of that.
I’m actually surprised how smooth this went – let’s see if nothing is missing.