Finally, I have completed a pretty tricky exercise that I had started about a couple of weeks back. It wasn’t tricky because I wanted to move my website to a different platform. It was tricky because I wanted to do it cleanly. I wanted to retain as many things that worked well for me as I could. I didn’t want to break much that was core.

So, after days of experiments and trial runs, and notes and list of reviewed to-dos, I’ve managed to switch to WordPress. I will note down why someday – one short, but big reason though is editing. I am tired of working custom solutions with Blot — it’s a great service, no doubt. But you need to love your files a lot. I am currently not in that phase.

Anyway, as intended, the core is retained. The links are (hopefully ๐Ÿคž) not broken. #IndieWeb support was a must, have stitched that in. The option to switch to a dark theme was a must. A simple reading experience was a must. I’ve managed to get good writing experience too. So, times now to sit back and relax.

Do let me know if see anything that’s not working well. I won’t mind if you also let me know if everything’s working fine.

Comments

@amit At first glance the new site looks good, clean and clear.

Amit Gawande says:

Thank you, David. That was exactly the intension. Glad it came through ๐Ÿ‘

maique says:

@amit It does look clean. God job, sir.

Amit Gawande says:

Thank you! Started with a clean base, and intended to keep it that way ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™‚

pratik says:

@amit What?! Back to WordPress? You were the last person I wouldโ€™ve expected to ditch Blot and go back to WordPress.

Amit Gawande says:

Yeah, even I wasn’t sure till about a week back. But as I said, I was just tired of getting custom for myself — working things out myself. And the biggest pain point was I didn’t want to look for that one editor every time I wanted to write. Or edit. WordPress was an easy decision then.

bix says:

@amit I love the sun/moon effect of the mode switcher.

Amit Gawande says:

Thank you, Bix. However, can’t take the full credit for that. Referred to a couple of guides and themes that supported dark mode. Got it working to my liking.

colinwalker says:

@amit Looking good, and I’ll echo @bix – the sun/moon for day/night mode is a nice touch. Yes, WordPress can be heavy and clunky but it still has a lot going for it and the ecosystem is deep. Glad the move went well.

Amit Gawande says:

Thank you, Colin. I spent a good couple of weeks experimenting with WordPress. I had long stopped using it as a platform. So just wanted to make sure I am ok with baggage. I am ok with that after all, because the pros are many. Completely agree with you. Stable and ecosystem are a huge advantage.

amit says:

@pratik Oh didnt I mention? I self-hosted the instance. .com was too limiting for my itchy mind ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

pratik says:

@amit Nice. So you did go the whole hog. Yeah, if you really wanna tweak it to your heartโ€™s content, custom hosting is the way to go. I used to host at Tiger Tech. Excellent hosting service.

I hear ya about writing on the spur of the moment or even editing it. Blot unfortunately can be limiting that way. Iโ€™m still trying to find the sweet spot between convenience and control.

amit says:

@cygnoir @cheri Thank you Cheri, Halsted! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™‚

cdevroe says:

@amit I was wondering why I got some new webmentions/pingbacks!

Amit Gawande says:

Oh, I didn’t realize that would happen. Extremely sorry for the flood of webmentions. Wonder if I could have avoided them in some manner?

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