May 2012

Drupaled

The site update work I talked about in the last post has been completed:

  • Everything has now moved from the www.iay.org.uk domain to iay.org.uk.
  • Both of the old Movable Type blogs (this one, Technology Stir Fry, and the long retired iay@there) have been imported into Drupal.
  • Many URLs have changed as part of this, but I think I have entered redirects for all of them (Drupal's aliasing and redirect systems are really nice).
  • In particular, the two blogs have new RSS feed locations, but the redirects seem to work for at least some RSS aggregators, such as Google Reader.

I'm pretty happy with the conversion, although I'll probably change the theme once I have thought a bit about how I'd like the site to look like long term. Being able to theme everything at once will be nice; I've never been happy with the blogs looking so different to the rest of the site.

Let me know if you spot any rough edges.

[2012-06-01: Updated the site colophon with some description of the Drupal modules I'm using.]

Site Changes

I'm planning to make some fairly large changes to the site over the next couple of months. These will undoubtedly break things, and if you do run into oddities I'd appreciate a quick note so that I can unbreak them.

Today, the site will be moving from having a canonical name of www.iay.org.uk to the simpler iay.org.uk. Everything should be redirected safely from the old location, but I can't rule out the possibility of some redirection loops to start with.

Later, the two blogs (including this one) will be migrated from Movable Type into the same Drupal content management system as most of the rest of the site uses these days. Again, I'm hoping that everything interesting will be redirected safely but I do plan to change the organisation of things like archive index pages so some links may well break.

Wish me luck.