I finally got around to migrating my site from wordpress to github, and I thought I’d write a small post on how it all went down.
I followed the standard ‘export to xml’ followed by jekyll-import as mentioned in the migrations section in the jekyll docs.
It was pretty straightforward, but I did get a nasty error when I first tried to start jekyll:
Turns out there was some derpy characters in some of the posts. Not surprising really, but finding them was a bit tricky.
First step to finding the garbled data was to get jekyll to start regardless of the non US-ASCII characters by setting this property in my shell:
Then i started browsing the pages and looking for derpy characters in the posts. Although probably not the most efficient way of doing this, I figure it was a one time deal, so manually fixing these characters was OK; It did not end up taking more than 5 minutes anyway.
After I removed the derpy characters I simply launched a new shell session to see that jekyll was able to generate the site.
Then it was just to make a layout and port the posts from html to textile.
Although suboptimal, the hack works. If you have a better suggestion, I welcome it. I would love it if I could get a 301 sent from my github pages for those old permalinks.
I also had a subdirectory with a bunch of seam related stuff I wanted to ensure survived the migration. This was easy as cheese. I just placed the same directory at the root of my site, and pushed them to the repository. Worked out-of-the box.
In two simple steps I was able to deprecate the old webhotell and use github pages instead.
Next I went to my registrar and updated the DNS settings. First I moved the webhotell A record to a backup domain. Then I added two A records pointing to the github pages server IP. One for glxn.net and one for www.glxn.net ensuring that www <=> TLD redirects will work.
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