Migrating to WordPress – a rant

I recently wrote about my blog’s old infrastructure and mentioned that I was about to change this. I then also wrote about the new setup I wanted to use to host my blog. Well this is a rant about the process of migrating my blog over to WordPress.

Note: This is an unedited stream of consciousness.

  • I decided to stop being lazy and start the migration at 11:15 pm on a Friday night. Why do I hate myself you ask? I don’t know.
  • I am going to start with the WordPress paid plan because I don’t want to bother with the open source setup. Currently only going in for a monthly plan, because I don’t want to pay for a year if this doesn’t work.
  • I fork over $8 for the premium plan, only to realize that I didn’t read the fine print and that I need a business plan. This means I now need to part with an additional $25. WTF?
  • Ok, now to do what I came here to do. Install the AMP for WordPress plugin. This was relatively easy, however, the description of the plugin is WAY TOO LONG.
  • Now to get naina.app to point to the WordPress hosted site. This was trivial using the instructions provided for Google Domains.
  • Now to make an under construction page – Easy!
  • Now to find an AMP compatible theme – I found one listed on amp-wp.org. I install that theme – great!
  • OK new problem – it seems like the theme doesn’t activate AMP on Desktop? Let’s debug in the AMP for WordPress plugin shall we?
  • Oh this is because I have Reader mode turned on. I need to switch to Standard Mode – why isn’t this the default? Ok that’s done.
  • More problems! Yeah! The coming soon page isn’t compatible with AMP as it lays things out weird.
  • Looks like I will to have go live with my Homepage today.
  • Edits…
  • Edits…
  • Edits…
  • Right now it’s time to move over content form my old infrastructure to the new one.
  • ARGH! Is there no automated way of doing this?
  • I add the Import Markdown plugin – but that only allows me to import one files at a time and then edit it to make sure it matches the new Post format.
  • Naina goes to sleep…
  • Edits more posts…
  • Edits more posts…
  • Edits more posts…
  • Ok I am done! But wait…
    • The footer is messed up
    • Dark mode is messed up
  • Edits…
  • Edits..
  • Edits…
  • I think that I am done?

Let me know what you think?

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