It’s nice to see that Glenn Fleishman chose Movable Type for his newest wireless technology weblog; his first site, WiFi Networking News (which recently changed names from 802.11b Networking News), still merits a daily visit from me, and I’d hope it’s just a matter of time before it makes the switch to MT. (If you’re reading, Glenn, I’d be happy to convert your Manila database for you; it’s a painless process!)


The problem with switching to MT for the Wi-Fi blog is that the URL belongs to the lovely folks who have been incredibly helpful. Although, I suppose with the rates they charge, they might be willing to redirect for me rather than host.

How easy is this, anyway? Do I need to capture the Manila database?

• Posted by: Glenn Fleishman on Jan 17, 2003, 10:12 AM

You could always use the redirectPage macro:

But do tell us the details, Jason. Inquiring minds want to know!

• Posted by: Nurse Al on Jan 17, 2003, 1:09 PM

Jason was kind enough to switch me to MT from my site. Thanks to Jason!

• Posted by: Gen Kanai on Jan 17, 2003, 4:34 PM

Glenn (and Al), it’s easy cheesy, or at least it is once you have the export script that I wrote when I finally got sick to death of Manila.

Getting your Manila database is easy to do, or at least it is on the Userland-hosted sites — there’s a URL that will return your whole database as a file to you. (I’ll find it in a little bit — I’m at work right now.) Then, the script does the entire conversion to a file that Movable Type can import. Then, there are a series of redirection rules that need to be put onto the server running the new site, so that the old Manila-style URLs (e.g., can be redirected to the appropriate new MT URL. Two sites that do this are mine and Gen Kanai’s.

Redirecting from to your new site shouldn’t be a problem, although if it is, it’s easy enough to just post a final post there redirecting to a new URL — that will mean that people actually change their bookmarks!

And, of course, I’m happy to do the conversion for you.

• Posted by: Jason on Jan 18, 2003, 1:45 PM

Okay, I’ve downloaded my site root from Manila. Can I send it to you for a test conversion?

• Posted by: Glenn Fleishman on Mar 28, 2003, 4:20 PM
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