The site from the old backups had all files in the root folder of the site, while the current iteration has everything except the index under “/blog/,” which is what caused the images in all the old posts to be broken. I’ve just copied the folder in question to root and all is fine. I probably could have create a mod_rewrite rule to handle the location difference, but it’s not really worth thinking about if there’s such a simple solution 😉
So, I was playing around and discovered an old backup of the site. I restored it to my server, exported the posts, re-imported the posts, and… Holy crap! The site has some history to it again!
I keep getting reminders from Godaddy that they are turning down a server that I have some stuff hosted on… It’s been years since I’ve used their hosting, so I decided to check it out… There’s a really old version of a WordPress blog there. I’ve downloaded it and will investigate its contents when I get a moment. 🙂
I have started using a plugin to clean up some of the broken links on the site. Many of the links that were found are quite old, and some merely needed updated from http to https. Others had .com when they should have had .org. Still others are long gone from the internet. And some were just fine, and I have no idea why they were marked as broken. Once I complete this cleanup of broken links, I will likely point the ones that are gone forever to the Wayback Machine, if available, or turn the plugin’s CSS back on so that broken links are apparent.
On a related note, I removed the Links page, as all it was getting was the occasional spam that needed moderated. I originally set the page up as part of doing strictly “Ghosts of Ohio” with the site, when it sorta made a good idea.
Cleaning up the sidebar is my next priority. What should go? What should stay? Should any of it be moved to the footer instead? Let me know in comments!
Pro-tip: when playing around with WordPress plugins, trying to decide on whether or not to change which Google Analytics plugin to use, don’t forget to re-install the one you started with if you don’t find one you like better 😉
On a (somewhat) related note, this:
One of the problems that drove me away from WordPress to begin with was the number of spam user registrations. It was getting downright insane. To combat that, I thought installing WP-United, and integrating user accounts, might stem the flow if I installed anti-spam measures in phpBB. That didn’t really happen. It just meant that I had to remove these spam accounts from two places now instead of just one, as, even though users should be registering through phpBB in general, they can still register via WordPress as well. So I installed WanGuard to see if that helps.
Let me know in comments if you have any other solutions you’ve tried, or have any experience with WanGuard.
I found a theme similar to the one I was already using, but which had already been converted to a mediawiki style, so I installed it. I’ll tweak the mediawiki version of it a bit, and tweak the phpBB style as well, to get everything even closer in appearance. There is still the issue of having to create the account in phpBB, but having to log in to the wiki separately, but that’s not a show-stopper. At least they use the same user database 🙂
Content on the forums and wiki are forthcoming 🙂
Some of the improvement are coming along, the first two of which are a better theme (that I’ve used in the past) and phpBB integration using WP-United. I’ve already got Chat, and I’ll likely throw in a Wiki soon as well. Updates to come…
I am back to WordPress, with a bonus of lots of old content being imported back in! Some items might not work quite right, and some might work fine. I’ll fine-tune everything over the coming days, but it’s good to be back 🙂 Also note, I’ve integrated the posts of my old running blog here, too, and will be decommissioning that blog completely soon.
How timely? Google has released an official Publisher Plugin for WordPress. That makes the decision that much easier 🙂