|January 31st, 2010|
THIS IS (NOT REALLY) THE END
Alexandrian, as it currently exists, is a glorious mess of amateur HTML
renovate. Plus, I can't actually schedule posts, which means that the
site takes a vacation whenever I do and stands unnecessarily vacant on
Oddly, what's really prompting this post is
the commenting system, which was originally built around HaloScan and
has been completely borked ever since HaloScan got bought out (and then
bought out again). Honestly, I'm not really clear on how it's still
working at all.
In any case, starting today the Alexandrian will be updating to a Wordpress installation. Here's what you need to know:
(1) The RSS feed will no longer be updated. If you want to access the new feed, click here.
(In a few days I'll be attempting an XML redirect from the old feed to
the new feed, but this apparently doesn't work with all feed readers.
If you want to be sure to continue you subscription, subscribe to the new feed now.)
The address http://www.thealexandrian.net will resolve automatically to
the new site. Shortly after this post goes live,
http://www.thealexandrian.net/index.html will be replaced with a
redirect page. If that re-direct isn't working for some reason (most
likely because I screwed it up), simply navigate to http://www.thealexandrian.net and you should be good to go. Update bookmarks as necessary.
All the other links on the old site will continue to work, but will no
longer be maintained. If something stops working for some reason, I'm
not going to worry about it. So while older links won't generate a 404
error, if you want to link to the Alexandrian I recommend linking to
the new site.
(4) I'm currently in the process of converting all
of the old content over to the new site. This is an ongoing process and
it's proven to be a lot more time-consuming than I'd anticipated, so
I'm not done yet. Right now I've converted all of January 2011, and
everything up to May 2008. I'll be continuing to fill in this gap as
time permits, and you may see some weird artifacts cropping up here and
there while the work continues. (For example, I intermittently forget
to retro-date a post before hitting the "Publish" button -- so you may
occasionally see an old post appear on the homepage and then vanish
again a little later when I realize I skipped a step. Sorry 'bout that.)
I'm manually transferring an archive of all comments posted on the old
site to the corresponding article(s) on the new site. I'll continue
doing that for awhile as new comments crop up on older posts, but at
some point I'll stop doing that. (Hopefully I'll be able to
decommission the old commenting system at the same time so that it can
no longer be accessed.) I'm fairly certain that some older comments
have already been lost due to the distinegrating HaloScan/Echo system,
but I'm afraid there's nothing I can do to recover those.
most part, from your POV the new site will probably end up being
largely indistinguishable from the old one. (At least, after a
potential period of working-out-the-kinks.) If you're reading this
today on the new site, you should already see a few key improvements:
- A search function (currently at the top of the right sidebar).
Integrated commenting so that you no longer have to try to guess to
figure out where the article associated with a comment is located.
- New RSS feed includes the full text of all posts.
Things I'm hoping to implement in the future:
Re-establishing permanent "content shrines" and the upper crossbar
navigation panel (albeit in improved forms). For right now, you can
still access the older versions of the Creations, Politics, and Reviews page. You can also access thd old Bibliography page.
- Theme-switcher for those who miss the old white-on-black theme.
If there's anything else you'd like to see on the site, leave a comment. (But you'll have to go to the new site to do it.)