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More damned comment problems

November 20, 2006

Damned Expression Engine is losing your comments or rejecting them, some of the time for no apparent reason.  Depending on what I hear from pMachine hosting, I may start looking for a database expert to get me moved over to WordPress.

If your comment gets lost, or is rejected, believe me, I’m trying to fix the problem.  I don’t want to miss your comments.

Next morning… and thus begins the finger-pointing.  pMachine hosting says “It’s a software problem, please post in the forums” where there is an incomprehensible blizzard of entries on “comment problems”.  IT’S THEIR DAMN SOFTWARE!  which I am paying for.  If I have to post in a forum where someone will tell me; “Hey N00b, RTFM, ROTFL!!!!!!!!!” I will just use free software and to hell with them.

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  1. November 21, 2006 at 07:41 | #1

    I switched from pMachine to WordPress a couple of years ago.  At that time there wasn’t a canned converter, but it wasn’t hard to figure out enough of the database schema to do the conversion myself.  Took me a couple of hours, if I recall.  If there’s still no converter available, let me know and I’ll be glad to lend a hand.

  2. November 21, 2006 at 08:12 | #2

    What made you decide to switch?

  3. Les
    November 21, 2006 at 09:01 | #3

    I’m surprised you haven’t contacted me about the problems you’re having. What with me being part of the reason you’re using EE to begin with.

    Has anyone been able to tell you what error messages they’re getting when they try to comment?

  4. November 21, 2006 at 15:09 | #4

    If you are for sure you want to switch, I will be glad to lend a hand DOF.  But I would see if you can’t fix the problem first, so you don’t have to rush into the switch over.

    I believe Platypus is correct, I have heard of such a thing, but I think they are no longer supported.  But you still shouldn’t have a problem getting everything over.  Worst case is you will have to open you backup database file in Linux and edit it manually to get it ported over to a new database connection for WordPress.  This will be time consuming, but very do-able.

  5. Les
    November 21, 2006 at 17:23 | #5

    If he really wants to switch he wouldn’t have to do anything too extreme. WordPress will import MovableType database exports and it’s not that difficult to set up a couple of templates to export his blog in an MT Export format. Spit out one side and suck it back into the other.

  6. November 21, 2006 at 18:44 | #6

    If you ever migrate off EE, please make me a reasonable offer to transfer the license. I wouldn’t mind one more and a used one would do just fine ;-)

  7. November 21, 2006 at 22:32 | #7

    I really appreciate these responses!  I just sent what information I do have to Les (who is also a super-admin on this site) and maybe he can point me in the right direction. 

    There are job developments afoot which may mean more time to spend learning web technologies :wow:  and what’s more, I may be using WordPress in my job next year and I have physical access to two WordPress users in my office.  So it might make sense for me to switch. 

    Thank you again, everyone.  I’ll update as developments happen.

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