New server, new Movable Type, same old inactivity
If you’re seeing this, something must’ve gone right.
I am now away from IIS and crummy ASP/VBScript and onto FreeBSD, Apache and a multitude of scripting languages. Yay!
Luckily the process of migrating Movable Type from one server with v2.661 and Berkley DB to a new server running v3.14 with a newer version of Berkley DB and mySQL was a simple gazillion step process that took days and made me want to strangle a kitten – well, at least give it an not-so-gentle push.
Jakobs step by step “guide” to switching servers, Movable Type installation, data storage method and scripting language
- Upgraded existing MT installation from 2.661 to 3.14
- Installed MT3 on the new server
- Set up a clone of the old Journal on the new server, manually cloning all settings, changing asp to php where necessary
- Copied all template files to new server
- Manually cloned the Template settings, changing all filenames to their new paths
- Redid those of my templates which had somehow been changed at some point. Pretty sure I must’ve copied an old backup or something.
- Changed old SSI includes to PHP includes since it apparently causes less of a strain on the server
- Exported all entries from the old journal, using Movable Types built in Export. Did this a few times, noticing that some entries for some reason got cut in the exported file. Beats me why, and it wasn’t consistent.
- Changed textile_1 to textile_2 in the exported file
- Imported entries to the new journal, using Movable Types built in Import – god, it’s slow.
- Redid my human date formatter in PHP
- Copied my skins to new server, changed the skinning system from ASP/VBScript to simpler PHP
- Installed plugins:
- Time to combat spam <http://sixapart.com/pronet/comment_spam.html#commentscript>
- Repeated most of the above for each of the weblogs that make up mentalized.net, yuck…
- Created a .htaccess to redirect stuff from old URLs to new URLs (".asp to “.php” basically)
- Wrote this post
Now I pretty much just need to get the domain transferred and keep watching my logfiles for 404s to figure out what files I still need to transfer. There has to be a bunch of images that are broken now, so please let me know, if you come across problems.