Aaron Brazell on How Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection Was Moved to WordPress

DSC00504.JPGAaron Brazell is the WordPress king as far as I’m concerned.

After three years of thinking about moving from the Blogger Platform to WordPress I finally took the plunge last week. I’d always wanted to make the switch but it just seemed too technically difficult for me to do myself. I’d heard about a bug that wouldn’t allow blogs with lots of comments (I had over 20,000) to transfer all of the comments over from Blogger to WordPress.

It turns out that there was in fact a 5,000 comment limit, but a huge thanks to Rick Klau, the Blogger Product Manager, who worked with us to change that (not just for me, but for everyone going forward) so that I could move my blog over to WordPress. Usually helping a customer move to a competitor is not high on anyone’s development list, but I’m really pleased that Blogger helped us with this and I think it goes a long way to show a very positive front from Google with regards to data portability.

Aaron has a more detailed post out today about how he moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress here including more of the technical details involved.

What I will say is that I was *tremendously* pleased with the job that Aaron did in the migration of my blog. He is an amazing professional and made the entire transfer seamless and easy for me. And I’d really encourage anyone who is thinking about doing any work with the WordPress platform to consider hiring him to do the work for you. In hindsight, moving the blog over is something that I never could have done on my own. I would have spent many hours on the project and been extremely frustrated. If you are on another blogging platform and are thinking of making a change or need any sort of WordPress work done, Aaron is definitely the guy to do it.

Since I transferred my blog to WordPress last week it has lit a fire under me with a greater desire than ever to blog. I think I’ve blogged more posts in the past week than any week since I’ve been blogging. I can’t say enough good things about the WordPress platform. I love the way my new layout looks and feels and I feel like I have so much better control over my blog now and so many great tools from the WordPress Community to use. I only wish that I’d moved my blog over years ago instead of waiting as long as I did.

Aaron has a consulting page up on his own site here. He actually really needs consulting work right now and things are getting sort of dire for him in this bad economy. If you or your company are considering any WordPress work it would be fantastic if you could take a look at his services. Consider this a ringing endorsement from a very satisfied customer. 🙂 Oh, how did I find Aaron by the way? On FriendFeed, where else 🙂 He’s on FriendFeed here.

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3 Comments

  1. Binny says:

    Congratulations on the move. I think you are right, it is a better platform. Definitely gives you more freedom to post how you want.

    Not sure about your new design though :-S. Been following you for a long time now and I really liked the old design. But I am sure the new one will grow on me 🙂

  2. You might want to consider a photo slideshow plugin which I just installed, but I wish I would have installed it earlier.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/

    It enables you to post slideshows like the one I have now.

    http://carlosmiller.com/2009/01/23/mexican-outtakes-and-intakes-from-my-mexican-trip-last-year/

  3. Andy Frazer says:

    Thomas,

    Remind everyone that if they’re reading your blog through an RSS feed, they need to update their feed URL since you migrated over to WordPress. I knew you had moved, but I didn’t realize that the feed URL had changed, so as I’ve been watching my Netvibes feeds I’ve been wondering, “Why hasn’t Hawk posted anything for the past two weeks???”

    Andy Frazer