In case you were wondering why my website looks different… Well, I wrote (actually coded from scratch) my original website about 12 years ago, before platforms such as Blogger or WordPress even existed. Over the years the look of the website changed, but the underlying code stayed for the most part untouched. Rewriting an old codebase is a pain in the neck in the best of times; doing it while I’m in the middle of a photography season, working a full-time job and teaching a class is just plain suicidal. To make the long story short, my old trusty website was just too cumbersome to manage and I had to put it out to pasture.
I would have migrated a long time ago, but because my old website is all custom-coded, there was no easy way to migrate content to WordPress. Finally, last night I decided to bite the bullet and spent 3 hours writing a script to move data into WordPress’ MySQL database. I’m still tweaking things here and there, but for the most part content migrated with no glitches and looks better than ever before.