The Great Migration

by Kieran Healy on March 10, 2005

CT has switched platforms from MovableType to WordPress. Thanks to lead WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg for doing the behind-the-scenes work on this. We hope this move will make things easier for our readers.[1] For one thing, it should be the end of double- triple- or even duodecuple-posted comments. These were becoming an embarrassing CT hallmark, thanks to our outdated installation of MovableType and way too much server load. Trackback spam and other blogging bugaboos should also become easier to manage. More generally, it’s good to move over to an open-source platform.

I expect there will be teething problems in the short-term, as we fine-tune the layout and learn how to use the new software. We hope you’ll bear with us. Right now, our main page doesn’t render properly in Safari: the right sidebar text ends up positioned on the left. This isn’t a problem on Firefox or IE. If there are any CSS gurus out there who want to suggest a fix, we’d be very grateful.

fn1. This is a test of footnotes.

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allen claxton 03.10.05 at 9:19 pm

Your RSS feed has reverted to just a snippet from each entry, rather than full entries. You may have done this on purpose, but I hope not. Thanks.


allen claxton 03.10.05 at 9:20 pm

Nope, my mistake. The feed I had been subscribing to did that, but the 2.0 feed is the full entry. Sorry & thanks.


Jonathan 03.10.05 at 9:46 pm

I use wordpress, and I like it very much; but, as I wrote earlier, I think a site such as this would be better off with scoop.


David Weman 03.10.05 at 9:49 pm

“such as this”?

I’m impressed by how everything looks the same.


Jonathan Lundell 03.10.05 at 9:52 pm

The lefthand column is a royal mess in Safari. Unless it’s a mistakenly-cached stylesheet or the like that’s doing it to me (reloading doesn’t help).


luci phyrr 03.10.05 at 9:59 pm

Yaah! Though I was never personally guilty of the double-post, I always feared that just as I was saying something particularly silly (or bitchy) it would strike – a wallpaper of embarrassment down the page.


Jonathan 03.10.05 at 10:05 pm

Yes. I don’t write “like” because I’m protesting conversational particulates. I also want comment moderation and teh ability to vote on stories before they’re posted.


novalis 03.10.05 at 10:12 pm

Congratulations on the move. Does WP have a feature that lets you ban specific posters? If so, can you get rid of that guy? He’s totally spammer scum. If not, oh well, at least you’ve got nofollow.

P.S. You should consider altering the wp comments script to sometimes double-post at random, just so your readers don’t forget what site they’re on.


Matt 03.10.05 at 11:51 pm

Also credit to Carthik Sharma who helped me out quite a bit.


nick 03.10.05 at 9:40 pm

The CSS file looks a bit, um, weird. There are good cross-browser three-column layouts available, but in the meantime, that ‘links’ ID could do with a ‘margin-left:’ property.


Dan Sandler 03.11.05 at 12:11 am

The problem with Safari is that the #links div is correctly positioned at the right-hand side of the containing block, which is the «ul» in #navigation (because it isn’t ever closed). Thus, they appear on top of one another.

Find the following block in the template:

«div id=”links”»

Insert a «/ul» before those two lines and everything’s back to normal in Safari.

[Sorry for the guillemets—don’t know how raw angle brackets will get eaten by your comment filters.]


Elliott Bäck 03.11.05 at 12:56 am

One thing that bugs me is that there are only about a dozen posts showing on the frontpage, such that both sidebars appear waaay too long.


Kieran 03.11.05 at 1:05 am

Dan, thanks a million for spotting that. I think it’s fixed now.


peter ramus 03.11.05 at 1:35 am

There are a bunch of unclosed tags in your markup. dan sandler pointed to the most mortal of them. I think you’ll find it migrated down to the bottom of the code a few lines above the commented “footer” div. Remove the extra </ul&> from there and put it where dan sandler says.

Take the second </div> out of the commented footer and put it just before the closing </body> tag below.

There’s a > missing from </span> in the code after the word “Credits” at the bottom of the left column (which is why “Powered by” is snugged right up against it) and an orphan <li> lurking somwhere or other, too.

Your doctype wants you to encode “·” — those little dots in the “posted in (category)” line: the encoding is &middot;. Try it.


peter ramus 03.11.05 at 1:43 am

I miss preview, too.


Kieran 03.11.05 at 2:01 am

OK. I think I cleaned that up a bit more.

I’m looking at preview plugins.


duane 03.11.05 at 6:07 am

It looks like there was a problem converting apostrophes over, see this post, for example. Aside from that, very good job!


KO 03.11.05 at 6:52 am

I think you should consider making the sidebars shorter on the individual post pages – on many of the pages with fewer comments the content ends but the sidebars continue on forever.


sluggo 03.11.05 at 7:46 am

The footnotes thingy is neat.

BTW, it would be great if there was a blog platform, that understood LaTex.


sluggo 03.11.05 at 7:59 am

after a short googling i found this:

“This site is a showcase for using LatexRender for mathematics in WordPress”


tina 03.11.05 at 8:45 am

Nice font in the post titles!


KCinDC 03.11.05 at 8:46 am

Jonathan, I think the question might have been about what sort of site you think this is, and why you think a fine group blog should be turned into a community site (which would be a completely different thing), not about “such as”.


duane 03.11.05 at 10:08 am

I agree with ko, it would be nice if the right-hand sidebar wasn’t so long. On the other hand I don’t imagine you’d want to just delete a whole lot of stuff from it. Maybe some nice DHTML goodness so the link categories show as collapsed, and auto-expand as you mouse-over?

Probably asking a bit much, I know :)


duane 03.11.05 at 10:12 am

Eww, graphical smilies! :(

Am I the only person who prefers old-school ASCII? I don’t want CT to look like LiveJournal, damn it!


Kieran Healy 03.11.05 at 11:33 am

Graphical smilies are no more.


peter ramus 03.11.05 at 12:29 pm

You mean ⊗???


Scott Martens 03.11.05 at 12:43 pm

You need to turn down your spam filter. I can’t comment from the office to here.

On the other hand, I’ve been laid off, so who cares?


Kieran Healy 03.11.05 at 12:44 pm

What does the Kroenecker product have to do with this?

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