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It’s been a busy few weeks, I think, since the ole blog has been functional.  As I’ve alluded to previously, it was time for a fairly serious change at philatkinson.org.  Baseball and softball will remain a passion here, but I expect it’s influence on this site to lessen as I’m able to spend more and more time on photography.

Technically, not only has the design and focus changed, but so has the underlying technology.  Most of you won’t know or care, but as part of this overhaul I’ve migrated from Drupal to WordPress.  It wasn’t an easy task, but it was a lot easier than I thought it’d be.  Personally, I found Lincoln’s article over at Social CMS Buzz quite helpful.  It’ll get you through the heavy lifting, but I found there was a bit of SQL clean up necessary.  That shouldn’t be a big deal if you’re used to Drupal (more specifically MYSQL), if not, you’ll just have to educated yourself a bit first.  Just remember to backup the database before doing anything you’re unsure about and you’ll be OK.

As for why the move?  I love Drupal, I really do, but it was a lot work caring and feeding for it.  Upgrading, redesigns, etc., are fairly large endeavors compare to WordPress.  And for a personal blog, it was just more technical effort than I wanted to keep investing.  Being honest, I’ll admit to becoming frustrated numerous times with WordPress during  the transition.  There’s just so much flexibility and power with Drupal — WordPress often felt like trying to squeeze a square peg into a round hole, but that’s the trade off.  Ease of use at the cost of flexibility.  Even so, I think I’ll be happy with the trade off as I’ll have more spare time to pursue other interests.

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