Migrating My GWB Blog Over To WordPress

1 minute read November 20, 2012

Geeks With Blogs has been good to me, but there are too many tempting things about Word Press for me to stay with GWB. Particularly their statistics features, and also I like that I can apply specific tags to my posts to make them easier to find in Google (and I never was able to get categories working on GWB).

The one thing I don’t like about WordPress is I can’t seem to find a theme that stretches the Content area to take up the rest of the space on wide resolutions…..hopefully I’ll be able to overcome that obstacle soon though.

For those who are curious as to how I actually moved all of my posts across, I ended up just using Live Writer to open my GWB posts, and then just changed it to publish to my WordPress blog. This was fairly painless, but with my 27 posts it took probably about 2 hours of manual effort to do. Most of the time WordPress was automatically able to copy the images over, but sometimes I had to save the pics from my GWB posts and then re-add them in Live Writer to my WordPress post. I found another developers automated solution (in alpha mode), but opted to do it manually since I wanted to manually specify Categories and Tags on each post anyways. The one thing I still have left to do is move the worthwhile comments across from the GWB posts to the new WordPress posts.

The largest pain point was that with GWB I was using the Code Snippet Plugin for Live Writer for my source code snippets, and when they got transferred over to WordPress they looked horrible. So I ended up finding a new Live Writer plugin called SyntaxHighlighter that looks even nicer on my posts :-)

If anybody knows of a nice WordPress theme that stretches the content area to fit the width of the screen, please let me know. All of the themes I’ve found seem to have a max width set on them, so I end up with much wasted space on the left and right sides. Since I post lots of code snippets, the more horizontal space the better!

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tarunaroraonline

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Wordpress is definitely tempting. Have you looked the wordpress mobile app yet on the wp store? It is the perfect way to create quick posts and manage comments.

I am planning to move to wordpress too. By the way, I’d be interested if you find a theme that spans the entire estate. AFAIK this has been disabled to optimize mobile/tablet rendering.

Ben Barreth (@benbarreth)

Sorry to see you leave GWB. I was just hired as the site developer/community builder 2 weeks ago and we’re going to try to make things better.

Some things at the top of our list are:

  • Building some nicer templates (I’ve been working on this for the last week)
  • Adding a code editor to posts
  • Adding categories to feeds

Let me know if you have any other suggestions or if there’s anything we could do to make you come back!

Ben Barreth Cell: 816-332-9770 www.linkedin.com/in/benbarreth

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