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Of interest.

Given that Expression Engine (my new CMS here) gives a ‘total’ tally for the site itself, as well as requests on individual templates, I can tell you that this joint gets 13,586 requests in 24 hours on a Friday (historically, a slow day for dm!).  The CMS contains nearly 16,000 entries, not including my four years of HTML hand-code files which contain an equal if not higher number of individual entries, outside of the CMS.

The total reflects both people, spiders and whatnot ... but mostly spiders.  Obviously,  I need to dive into stats and prune away some search engines again, or at least rein in their trolling habits.  Google Images has been ignoring my robots.txt over the last month, so I need to give them a swift whack in the head. 

Just thought that if this is happening to me, others might want to peek at their stats and start fishing out some of the more egregious bandwidth lampreys for the new year.

01/05/08 • 08:59 AM • Expression EnginePersonalWeblogs • (15) Comments

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Why the change from WordPress?  Any particular reasons?

Posted by NewMexiKen on 01/05/08 at 10:07 AM

I’ve been using Expression Engine for my clients exclusively for about a year now, but in general for about three years.  It is simpler to template, much more powerful than WordPress.  Not as many plugins, but the CMS itself is a joy for a programmer/designer like myself. 

There was no point in spanning WordPress *and* EE.  I’d been meaning to do this for a year at least, ever since my last redesign, but never had the time. By doing this, I can continue concentrating on EE, and as a side benefit, keep adding functionality to my own weblog.

It took much less effort than I anticipated, thanks to the WP Export script I found, and the fact that EE allows me to find-and-replace and submit MySQL queries, so I have discursive tools to correct bad formatting and error characters.

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 01/05/08 at 02:54 PM

However, category links result in 404s…

Also check out http://recaptcha.net if you plan on keeping the image/human tests.

Posted by BillSaysThis on 01/05/08 at 04:18 PM

Surprisingly, my category links didn’t get much traffic, so I didn’t bother to redirect them. Want me to do them?

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 01/05/08 at 05:44 PM

I mean the category links on the front page today, even for the most recent links. I would have thought you would want them to work otherwise why bother assigning posts to categories?

Posted by BillSaysThis on 01/05/08 at 06:23 PM

Oh ... glitch. Easy to fix.  I should have ‘em working shortly.

Five minutes later ... fixed.  Instead of “site_index”, standard in the template to call the straight home page, “site/archive” to call the archive template.  Later, when I have time, I’ll make a conditional to load a specific title or graphic to identify the category chosen.

Thanks once again for being my ‘debugger’!

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 01/05/08 at 07:24 PM

Seems a fair trade for the content you supply… though I wonder if there isn’t a way to avoid the captcha for every comment.

Posted by BillSaysThis on 01/05/08 at 07:51 PM

This is EE Core, which has no membership features.  Once I upgrade to the Personal level ($99), I can have folks ‘join’ and avoid the captcha.  I could turn off captchas, but it’s not exactly a good idea these days.  Bad Behavior can work with EE, I haven’t had time to try installing it yet.  Perhaps I can lose captchas then.

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 01/05/08 at 08:15 PM

Nice redesign, Garret. I should have a look at EE since I have time on my hands… Thanks for a humane captcha, too.

Posted by Hal on 01/05/08 at 11:50 PM

Cool. I usually read everything in Google Reader, so I miss out on design changes. I should get out more.

I’m partial to weblogs that have a sidebar archive link to the 1990’s grin.

Posted by Scott Hanson on 01/06/08 at 01:25 AM

When I put up a website that allows comments with EE I let the Akismet plugin handle the comment spam. It does a good job. http://loweblog.com/archive/2006/11/14/akismet-for-expression-engine/

It works the same way as it does in wordpress. And the good news it it works in both the paid and core version of Expression Engine

Posted by Daniel on 01/06/08 at 04:03 AM

Nice redesign and migration. Just thought I would mention that the RSS feed that I had been subscribed too (/wp-feed.php or something like that) didn’t have any mention of the redesign. The last message I got was the “busy, back soon message on Jan 2. It was only because Hal blogged about the redesign that I noticed that updates had resumed!

Not sure if you can add a “moved” post to the old RSS url, but I thought I would mention it just the same.

Checking out EE is on my todo list for Jan!—Ed

Posted by Ed on 01/06/08 at 08:00 AM

Thanks for the link, Hal.  Hotness?  I’ve an idea for a new logo header.  Maybe hot then.

Scott, I almost never use an RSS reader.  I consider a weblog design as giving another clue to the personality behind the text. This is my virtual ‘face’, in other words. My readers are welcome to enjoy the site any way they wish, of course, but my previous iteration was so flawed (esp. the archives), that it certainly did not reflect my nature.  I’m not sure this does either, but it certainly works a lot better ... and I can extend it with valuable content and powerful features ‘till the cows come home.

Thanks, Daniel, for the pointer. I’ll install it this week.

Ed, I’ve redirected the RSS feed from wordpress [http://dangerousmeta.com/?=feed2] to the new RSS feed on EE.  I hope this is sufficient. 

All, I haven’t announced the changeover because I felt this was a very minor change.  Sounds like others are as fed up with other CMS’s, as well.  I should remember ... we’re all searching for that ‘best’ system. 

I will write a post about the changeover, and explain my reasoning, in the next little while.

Posted by Garret P Vreeland on 01/06/08 at 08:53 AM

wonder if i can comment here again… my entire isp, reliance communications in india, huge telco, was blocked by spamhaus or fiveten, whatever you were using before (too much spam from indian techies i guess, dunno)

i enjoy the site, thanks

Posted by gregory on 01/06/08 at 09:19 PM

wonder if i can comment here again… my entire isp, reliance communications in india, huge telco, was blocked by spamhaus or fiveten, whatever you were using before (too much spam from indian techies i guess, dunno)

i enjoy the site, thanks

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