I think this is now running. It looks like we just plain outgrew MT. I guess all of the earlier time outs were a warning. Apparently, it doesn’t handle particularly well when there are 1000 entries and 20,000 comments (3 MB of entries and 20 MB of comments). I would have preferred to have kept things in MT, having already done a lot of work in that software, but it looks like we hit the limit.
There are still some changes to be made.
At the moment, we still have to:
Import some old entries. Our files were too big to bring over at one time, so I brought over the most recent 500 entries. The others should be importable with a little bit of work.
2. Continue to fix the template.
I’ve got a default WordPress template running. We had a fair amount of customization that we’ll have to get back in. (Any tips, Danithew?) Getting There.
Run a script (apparently it exists, but I’ve got to figure it out) to update our links. Until then, internal links between posts (“I’m writing in response to Greg’s post” with a link) will go back to the MT archives. Fixed via htaccess.
Fix a strange bug that popped up in a few of the guest blogger’s posts, where they are listed as authored by one of the commenters. (For example, Frank’s posts show obi-wan as the author). I think that was due to a bug in the import function, which didn’t quite read the author name properly on the import, but it should be fixable. And, as far as I can tell, all of the regular authors came out normal. Fix some author mismatches from the import.
Make the recent comments look like the format people are used to.
6. Fix a few instances where comments were messed up on the transfer, by pasting in the old comments. (It happened where comments had a long string of dashes in them: “—————“. Because MT uses strings of dashes to set text apart in its export, those strings were read as the end of a post, and following text (until the next post) was not properly imported).
7. Continue to update links and fix the place up generally.
That’s a bit of work still to do. But, the good side is, we should now have commenting and posting functionality. Hallelujah.