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This blog now runs on b2evolution

Filed under: Site management by Hari
Posted on Mon, Oct 1, 2007 at 21:46 IST (last updated: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 @ 16:14 IST)

Has anybody noticed now that this blog is powered by b2evolution? :D

That's right, this is the result of my very own importer and I'm quite proud of the fact that I accomplished this in a couple of days (including changing my theme manually to match the earlier WordPress blog). I am going to share the converter with the community and I would appreciate it if people test it and give me feedback.

As far as this blog content goes, there are a few minor import problem related to posts and attachments which I'll fix manually. But for one really annoying MySQL bug, this changeover went pretty smoothly.

If you notice any problems please do bring them to my attention and I'll fix them as soon as possible. And please don't forget to update your feed reader :)

17 comment(s)

  1. This doesn't look much different than the WordPress version, except for this comment form.

    Comment by RT Cunningham (visitor) on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 @ 00:36 IST #
  2. RT, that's because I created this theme similar to the one I created for WordPress. :)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 @ 05:24 IST #
  3. I'm very impressed. Nice one Hari! If you hadn't said anything I wouldn't have noticed you'd switched. How is it in the background? Do you have similar options to WP?

    Comment by Ray (visitor) on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 @ 12:39 IST #
  4. The backend is more configurable and powerful than WP. It's more like a CMS than a blog and it has several powerful features like multi-blogging and per-post enabling/disabling post filters (like smilies, smart quotes, auto-links and other code) etc.

    It doesn't have a WYSIWYG editor, but the editor itself has a lot of goodies (in "expert" mode). Just check out a demo of b2evolution at www.b2evolution.net. ;)

    Really cool.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 @ 12:43 IST #
  5. And for those who really want it, there are different WYSIWYG options available through plugins:

    Comment by Francois (visitor) on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 @ 23:21 IST #
  6. francois, I'm glad you didn't make a WYSIWYG editor as part of the main code. A lot of these editors aren't XTHML 1.0 compliant.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Oct 3, 2007 @ 07:03 IST #
  7. I moved to b2evo and have tried if for a while and used your converter to move my WP stuff over. However, theres just not enough for b2e yet and wanna move back to WP.
    Is there any way of making a reverse converter?

    Comment by Grant (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 18:03 IST #
  8. Well, I have no motivation to write a reverse converter.

    I believe WP has a converter from b2evolution, but that works on the older version of b2evolution (1.x series, not 2.x). The database schema has since changed.

    if you've got a backup of your old WP database and you've not added too much content using b2evolution, maybe you should just manually copy your posts over. Sorry I cannot suggest anything better at the moment.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 18:24 IST #
  9. Fair enough.
    I'm just not happy with the support or user base of b2e compaired to WP. Its not mainstream enough yet.
    Although it is very nice to work with, WP has much more to offer atm.
    If things change, i'll happily move back to b2e


    Comment by Grant (visitor) on Thu, Nov 22, 2007 @ 13:31 IST #
  10. Its not mainstream enough yet.

    It's not popular enough is what you mean. It's been around a while now and there's a fairly active user community at http://forums.b2evolution.net.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Nov 22, 2007 @ 15:39 IST #
  11. I'm looking at different blog apps. Grant, you have made me lean towards WP. I do like the smiles though B)

    Are you able to take out unwanted blogs like Grants, if you want?...lol

    Comment by John (visitor) on Tue, May 27, 2008 @ 08:04 IST #
  12. This really nice one.. It doesn't have a WYSIWYG editor, but the editor itself has a lot of goodies (in "expert" mode). Just check out a demo of b2evolution at www.b2evolution.net.

    Comment by Busby SEO Test (visitor) on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 @ 17:45 IST #
  13. Looks good! Congratulations on a job well done.

    Comment by Jon Hartman (visitor) on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 @ 07:13 IST #
  14. hi hi ...
    was wondering if there is any website/software/code that helps convert wordpress theme to B2e skins?

    wordpress has a lot of VERY nice theme but i like to use B2e cause it much more flexible.

    Comment by spencer (visitor) on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 @ 04:08 IST #
  15. There is no automated way to convert skins and themes from one to the other as far as I know. It's a very tricky manual process of trial and error, because the style sheets will be different and you'll have to customize the HTML as well. The only way to do it is to do it manually, mapping CSS from one style to the other and making the appropriate changes in the templates manually.

    Comment by Hari (blog owner) on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 @ 08:24 IST #
  16. mapping css manually is a tough job

    Comment by Bedding sets (visitor) on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 @ 11:01 IST #
  17. Yes it is.

    But please use a name and not a phrase while posting comments otherwise I will delete the links.

    Comment by Hari (blog owner) on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 @ 17:21 IST #

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