Another Reason To Move From Blogger

WordPress Is Best
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I’ve recently moved my blog from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress.I can feel what I was missing for a long time.This post is motivated by a recent incident that happened.A PayPerPost Advertiser recently banned all Blogger blogs from doing any of their opportunities.This was the reason for the ban-

As the blogosphere shifts, we (My firm Softduit and my clients) will no longer advertise on Blogger powered blogs with or without unique domain names. We have found that the quality of sites powered by the Blogger platform is decreasing rapidly; the effectiveness of sites powered by Blogger is much lower than those on self hosted WordPress, and more. I will reconsider this ban if an individual blogger moves to self hosted WordPress, but it is your site to do with what you like and our campaigns and campaign dollars to do the same. This ban does not have anything to do with the individual quality of this blog itself, but instead the neighborhood of blogs powered by the Blogger platform. I will be more than happy to help bloggers transition to WordPress. I apologize for the tone that is carried with the word ‘ban’, I’d prefer to use the word exclude. I do wish you all the success in the world and the blogosphere and I can help you find that success, I will! I can be found in the forums. Best Regards, brettbum

If you have a blogger blog, people, Advertisers and even search engines don’t take you seriously. If you are serious about blogging, you should definitely move to your own hosting.

The Vodafone Zoozoo Ads

We’ve all seen the funny Vodafone Zoozoo ads during the IPL matches.They are really funny.The Zoozoos are really cute creatures indeed.In case you haven’t seen the ads yet,here’s the Youtube channel with all these ads. You watch all Vodafone IPL Zoozoo ads before they are released on TV here.The first one is the one which will be aired during today’s IPL match-

For people who don’t know, these white characters are called Zoozoos. They are Vodafone’s latest creation. These ads are not a work of animation. These are balley artists wearing costumes and performing. They were not able to see a thing inside that white costume. There are videos of the making of the Vodafone Zoozoo ads in the channel embedded above.

Shifted To WordPress

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was planning to shift to self-hosted WordPress.I’m finally done with all the shifting.

I was using GoDaddy’s Ad supported free hosting with my domain.Initially,I upgraded my free account to an Economy hosting account.When I tried renewing the account for 3 years, it was costing me around $152.So, I took a backup of all my data and canceled the hosting account.It took about 2 days for the payment to be refunded. Now I bought a new hosting account and used a coupon code -‘cjchost’ to get a 20% discount.Effectively, it cost me about $116 for 3 years.

Installing WordPress was a cakewalk with GoDaddy’s Hosting Connection.I imported all my blogger posts through wordpress, unexpectedly without any errors or problems.Then I edited the permalink structure to

/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

This is to match the blogger permalinks with the wordpress ones.Due to some reasons like long post title and changing post title, some links were still different from the blogger links.I used the following php script to match all the permalinks with blogger links-

<?php
require_once('wp-load.php');

$res = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_id, meta_value FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key = 'blogger_permalink'");
$wpdb->print_error();

foreach ($res as $row){
$slug = explode("/",$row->meta_value);
$slug = explode(".",$slug[3]);

$wpdb->query("UPDATE $wpdb->posts SET post_name ='" . $slug[0] . "' WHERE ID = $row->post_id");
$wpdb->print_error();
}

echo "DONE";
?>

You just need to copy this script in a file and name it anything like ‘fix.php’ for instance.Now run this script once,it should display DONE as output.

The next part was choosing the theme.Ankur helped me do this part.I was looking for 3 column WordPress 2.7 compatible themes.I finalized on QuickPress.

Next was making my Blogger blog inaccessible and publishing my wordpress blog on http://www.namanb.com .I deleted the www CNAME entry initially and later realized when Ankur pointed it out that I needed to create a CNAME entry @ for www.

After installation, I faced a small problem with cookies.When I visited my blog after logging in from the admin page,I was not logged in.The problem was that I changed the blog path to www.namanb.com and the WordPress path was namanb.com.Thus the login cookie was for namanb.com.I changed the WordPress path to www.namanb.com to solve the problem.

Finally, my blog is now shifted to my own hosting running WordPress.There’s probably nothing more I need for my blog.

AIEEE 2009 Cut-Off and Analysis

By now most of you would have downloaded and checked the AIEEE 2009 Solutions.If you haven’t done so yet, check it from the above mentioned link.I expect the cut-off should be around 225 to 230 for a rank under 10,000.

This year there was a change in pattern of the AIEEE.There were 90 questions in all totaling to 432 marks.200 marks should be good enough to get in the top 20,000 and 225 should be the cut-off to get into the top 10,000.

You can compare your performance with others by posting your marks as a comment.If you have any other queries, you may leave a comment.

Update- AIEEE 2009 Counseling guide.