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Trying to fly before I can walk

January 15, 2005

This is one of the dangers of blogging, I suppose: blog envy.  MrsDOF sends out an email newsletter to about 50 people and there are mounting requests for her to get a blog of her own. 

I ‘spoze I could just send her to Blogger but I just escaped from there myself and now face importing 250+ entries one at a time into my Expression Engine blog.  Not a fate I’d wish on the Mrs, let alone the interminable anguish of posting on Blogger and waiting for several minutes only to receive an error message – sorry!  Try again later!

So while I am wobbling along on training wheels under Expression Engine, I’m trying to set up a blog for MrsDOF to call her own.  So far I’ve got it to produce a – blank page – when you type in “mrsdof.com” – hey, if you don’t count all the words and pictures and stuff, it’s practically finished!  Stay tuned.

Update, 20 January ‘05: Looks like I’d made an error on pointing the domain.  It boils down to my misunderstanding of how EE works.  Now that that’s cleared up (at least on that little point) the domain does resolve to mrsDOF’s home page so I can begin making the blog work and look pretty.

I’ll write later about the whole folder/path/domain-pointing thing in EE.  It usually works this way – concept first, then procedure. 

Categories: Blogging, Geeky
  1. January 15, 2005 at 21:50 | #1

    How does one set up a blog on EE?  I’m getting a little frustrated with blogger myself.  It would be nice to be able to customize a little more, and to be able to post at high traffic times.  It’s too bad that I’m completely computer illiterate.

  2. January 15, 2005 at 22:38 | #2

    Well Socialist, after I picked myself up off the floor from laughing – someone asking me for advice on Expression Engine! – I will say it’s a damn sight better than Blogger.

    So far I’ve found it quick, reliable, and responsive anytime of day or night.  But it should be – I’m paying for hosting and the software weren’t cheap, neither.  From fooling around (and I mean, fooling) I can tell there are almost unlimited possibilities of functionality in EE but I won’t be demonstrating them tomorrow.  Or probably the next day.  I think of it as room to grow, where I’d pretty much outgrown Blogger.

    Go to pmachine.com for information on Expression Engine and its free cousin, pmachine.  They also have a hosting service which I elected to use but you can use any host that meets the system requirements.

    I have an email in to Les at StupidEvilBastard so he can look at my path.php file and the setup for MrsDOF’s blog and tell me what silly mistake I’ve made.  He made the very generous mistake of offering to help. 

    If you want to register your own domain (which you can “park” until you’re ready to use it) I recommend godaddy.com. 

    It still amazes me that people pay me to do computer support.  I’m not exactly a wizard or anything – I just know how to fix the 20 most common problems without humiliating the user even if it was their fault.

  3. January 16, 2005 at 01:12 | #3

    I’m one of those guys that tech support has to help without humiliating.

  4. January 16, 2005 at 10:42 | #4

    I still like WordPress.I had it up and running the day I got my domain name.

    The only glitch I’ve found is that I could not get my old blogger posts to port over with the WP utility, but that was due to blogger’s strange interface.

    There’s a lot of free stuff out there for WP, too.

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