migrating from myopera to wordpress.com

I've been wavering on what to do with the blog:

  • delete it and call it a day.
  • self host it on my usual paid webserver and run it using the blog software from wordpress.org.
  • import it to the ready-to-go blog site wordpress.com.
  • import it to blogspot, blogger, dotclear, or somewhere else.

It was tempting to delete it and just continue on with the real-identity accounts I have at Google+, Facebook, and Diaspora.

A good friend here at myopera was advising against letting old slackwrdave go, so I eventually ruled out deletion after thinking it over.

I went to wordpress.com, got an account, and followed these instructions. It worked like a charm with little effort needed from me.

You might be asking about what happens to all the images in the posts. WordPress refetched all of them from myopera and reworked the URL's, so your blog comes out more or less intact. Embedded video is a problem as wordpress.com considers that to be a premium feature. All in all, it was a beautiful import, very satisfactory for preserving all those memories.

Following the aforementioned instructions, all you need from myopera is an ".xml" file which it tells you how to get. It is still advisable to do a full myopera export which gets you a large ".zip" file, but you won't need it for wordpress. It's just for your personal archive.

You can now see the resutls of the export/import here.

Now the question is how long to continue blogging here. I suppose until the very end, or close to it, then do a final export.

12 responses to “migrating from myopera to wordpress.com

  1. garlingmatthews

    Aye, though I suspect that it'll get lonely here near the end. It's already been quiet since the whole ddos attack thing.

  2. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Embedded video is a problem as wordpress.com considers that to be a premium feature.

    I think you can embed some videos in WordPress. :right: I found these with a simple search.YouTube EmbeddingHow to Easily Embed Videos in WordPress Blog Posts

  3. Originally posted by d4rkn1ght:

    I think you can embed some videos in WordPress

    I haven't gotten around to the tweaking yet. This is a good reference.I was so surprised how WordPress fetched all the images and fixed the links. It must be a helluva pull on the Opera servers.Originally posted by garlingmatthews:

    Aye, though I suspect that it'll get lonely here near the end. It's already been quiet since the whole ddos attack thing.

    I think you're totally right. Due to the news, I imagine for the next few weeks, the myopera server will be running red hot, then it will be a ghost town.I was thinking that even if the decision were to be reversed, or it was sold to another firm, it wouldn't work. The moment the announcement was made, everything went zombie.

  4. garlingmatthews

    It would have been nice if it'd been at least kept as an archive. Oh, well.

  5. The Wayback Machine at archive.org will have to do. It's time consuming, but it's at least there.Try:http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://my.opera.com/garlingmatthews/blog/The first crawl of your blog was 2008:http://web.archive.org/web/20081005175857/http://my.opera.com/garlingmatthews/blog/

  6. garlingmatthews

    Thanks. Hopefully I can move it over to Blogspot, too. But it's not the same. This was a friend hang-out more than a place to blog for me.

  7. Originally posted by garlingmatthews:

    But it's not the same. This was a friend hang-out more than a place to blog for me.

    Oh, yes! I know what you mean. I have loved the international feel and the great things that have happened to me here. I want to do a post on that soon.

  8. Hey! Great idea. I might just import my blog into WordPress. I'll follow you over on WordPress, too!UPDATE – Imported my blog onto WordPress. Now there side by side with my new blog.

  9. I've heard (read) that the pics within your blog only seem to transfer, but in fact they are only some form of hotlink or somepin. I think this would show up if you right-clicked and clicked "Properties" on the dropdown, but I could be wrong. Anyhows, to get them in there permanently, you have to get in there and re-post each one.

  10. It was strange how all the pics got over there. As best as I can tell, wordpress re-downloads all images contained in posts on myopera, then resets the links to wordpress. My wordpress media directory has a lot of images in it.Embeded videos don't work.It looks good to me for now, but I haven't checked it thoroughly.I did notice that the first time I imported my blog, not all images were showing in WP. I assume the opera server might have been in slow mode from the load, so some got missed. Every few posts on myopera, I re-export and reimport. After a few passes, I think it has gotten them all.It bears watching. We're all learning as we go. Thanks for the words of caution.

  11. I've checked several of the image URLs on my imported site. All but one of those that I checked have now been uploaded onto WordPress.

  12. It has been quite cool at WP, save for the lack of activity. Continually re-importing from myopera does not result in double posts. I had feared that it would. If someone makes comments at WP, then you re-import from opera where there are already comments, nothing gets overwritten. Lovely!Those were some issues I had been suspicious about, but all is well.

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