Two changes in my life – Leaving WordPress

by Rusty Lindquist on January 25, 2011 · 18 comments

Leaving WordPress – Moving to TypePad

Speaking of change, my experience on Wednesday encouraged me to make some changes I’ve been avoiding. 

One of those is to move my Blog from WordPress to TypePad.  WordPress has been great, it’s free (after all), and very stable.  Unfortunately, WordPress.com is just not robust enough for me to do the kinds of things I want to do.  I have a programming and animation background, but have been unable to use any of those skills on my blog because WordPress prohibits them.

TypePad, while it’ll cost me on a monthly basis to get these features, offers far more flexibility.  The end result will be a far more robust and interactive experience for my visitors.  I’ll be able to start building far more dynamic and engaging content, including interactive flash movies (like my upcoming flash-based presentation of the Plan of Salvation), polls, and lots more.

First Mormon blog in Chinese

What’s more, as I mentioned here (blogging in Chinese), I’ve decided to launch a Chinese arm of my blog, and had given myself 6 months to learn to write Chinese to get started.  I realized I was being lazy and selfish, and of little faith.  Who am I to procrastinate teaching the gospel of Christ because of a mere language challenge.  If I have faith, and my cause is righteous, then the Lord will provide me ample support right now.  If faith can part the Red Sea, move a mountain, and raise the dead, then I think it’s likely able to help me write Chinese.

So, I’m going to abandon my prior deadline, and start immediately.  Moving to TypePad will enable me to do that.

Downtime?

I hope that the change will be entirely transparent to you, but if you happen to hit the site and have nothing come up, don’t worry, I’m not dead, just moving (so to speak).

Now, what is there in your life that you’d like to change?

Rusty

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1 Margaret August 22, 2008 at 7:13 PM

The changes sound exciting! Just make sure we all know how to follow you!

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2 Douglas August 22, 2008 at 11:07 PM

Hi there,

Sorry to hear that you’re having WordPress.com! What sort of things are you looking to do here that you feel you only do on TypePad? Please let me and/or our support team know (just click on “Support” in the upper right) and we’ll see what we can do to help you out and make sure you can fully express your creativity and utilize your background and skills.

Douglas
WordPress.com Support

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3 wpvstp August 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM

I’m impressed. I went from typepad.com to wordpress.com for the same reason…to get more flexibility. But then again, I don’t have dynamic content, and for my content (not the blog in this link) wordpress.com is far better than typepad.com.

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4 andrealudwig August 23, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Hi Rusty,

I’m sad, but I understand. I wish you well! But you know, I must pray that your endeavors to promote Mormonism fail miserably. =) Don’t be mad at me; I will pray for you and your family’s happiness to flourish and for your spiritual life to come alive in an amazing way. I wish you only the best; it’s falsehood I want to eradicate. Please re-think, and re-think, your beliefs and your desire to spread them. It’s spiritual gangrene you are spreading. =(

Much love to you, though!

Love in Christ,
Andrea

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5 Rusty Lindquist August 23, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Andrea – Sheesh. 🙂

I too am sorry you so heartily wish for my failure, lol, but I also know that such has always been the case. Since the time of Christ (well, before that actually), there have always been those that work and hope against the progress of the gospel of Christ, but we know that it shall be like a stone, cut without hands, that rolls forth and fills the whole earth. The litteral fulfillment of that prophecy we see even today, as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does just that.

Still, you’re not rid of me on the english side, I’ll still be blogging at rustysblog.com (you’ll be able to find my site just as you did before).

Rusty

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6 Rusty Lindquist August 23, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Douglas,

You’re so kind to ask, it’s a tribute to you and your great company. WordPress is an excellent blogging platform, I think it’s the best one out there. I didn’t start on WordPress, I actually began on TypePad, then moved here primarily because of your rich community, and the sophistication with which you encourage community traffic and development, and it’s that component that has made me so loathe to leave.

Still, the reasons for my going back are the following…

Flash – As a flash developer, there’s simply so much value I can bring to my blog in terms of interactive content that I simply cannot do on WordPress, since Flash is disabled. I understand concerns about security. I an VP of Products for a company and my primary product are hosted, template/wizard driven websites, we host over 100,000 of them. But we do enable flash because the security built into the flash player prohibits it from accessing the file system, and we’ve never had a problem.

It’s been shown many times, and the trend only continues to emphasize, that those sites with the most interactive content generate the most traffic, and encourage the most return and repeat visitors. They’re also far more likely to get added to social bookmarking sites which are one of the most substantial organic ways to grow new users.

So by limiting flash (and script tags), WordPress.com as a whole is limiting it’s capacity to generate vastly more traffic.

Stats – tracking my stats is a big deal, the stats here are great, but not deep/detailed enough, and since you disable scripts, and prohibit Google Analytics, there aren’t any other choices for me as I want to grow my blog even more. I intend to start advertising my blog, paying my own money to get greater exposure, but it’s hard to determine ROI without more sophisticated stats.

There are also simply more widgets and such that you can use with TypePad than with WordPress.com, so unless I’m willing to move to the self-hosted wordpress, I have more extendability there. I’d prefer not (at least yet) to go self-hosted, to keep as much of my time dedicated to content creation.

The thing is, I understand that WordPress is free and TypePad is not, which makes it economically logical to find these limitations, but if WordPress simply allowed their users to pay for these enhancements, I know at least I, for one, would prefer to stay put, and fork out the money to fund the features and future development projects.

oh, and finally, the iPhone support for TypePad seems far supperior, particularly in the ability to manage comments, which generally represents the biggest ongoing workload that necessitates mobile access.

Anyway, if there are ways around these, I’d be so happy to stay, even if it costs me.

But regardless, thanks so much for asking! WordPress is fantastic.

Rusty

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7 mormonsoprano August 23, 2008 at 7:16 PM

I am very impressed that you have reached this stage with your blog that you are prepared to “go to the next level” with your features and layout. I absolutely love Wordpress – the community is especially high calibur. I have been frustrated with certain aspects of the free templates which I would like more control over. I should think the wordpress team would be very interested in implementing your ideas for expanded pay-for-feature capability. I am personally already paying extra for allowing increased media and files on my site. Flash would be very cool. Good luck, Rusty in all you choose to do – you run a very awesome site!

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8 Vickie August 23, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Say it ain’t so…or, well, uh, do what ya gotta do, and I’ll try to remember to look you up now and then, but forget about me learning Chinese!!! I have enjoyed your blog and hope you change you mind. I’m lucky I can type and upload pictures, so what do I know, lol.

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9 Margaret August 23, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Rusty, you are so ambitious to take on 2 Ongofu blogs (one English, one Chinese) plus all the many other things you do. I hope you will share with us on the English side, what is going on with the Chinese side. I’m anxious to know because I know there is a lot of help coming to you all the time from the Spirit. You are an instrument in the Lord’s hands. May you be blessed and have success in all aspects of your life!

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10 Douglas August 24, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Rusty,

Thank you for the kind words. Your points are well taken and make sense.

We are considering about the possibility of adding additional upgrades that would allow for more features. We haven’t added any just yet, but I assure you we are thinking about them and on broader scope, thinking about how to improve the user experience.

Should you ever wish to come back to WordPress or decide to go self-hosted, please let me know. I’d be glad to help.

Good luck with all of your (blogging) endeavors!

Douglas
WordPress.com Support

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11 Eric Nielson August 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM

I like Wordpress because it is so simple. I limped along with blogger for about a year. Yuck.

You asked what we might like to change in our lives. Here is a short list:

I wish I were taller.
I wish I was better looking.
I want to have more root beer floats.
I would like to be better at helping my kids be successful.
I would like to be better at building positive relationships with a broad range of people.

Anyway, I usually find your site through the MA. Hopefully they will update the link.

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12 Barbara Walker September 8, 2008 at 11:54 AM

I am just so shocked that some one who is professing to !.be 1 a Christian
2.Lives in a democratic country

Can be such a bigoted person??I feel so sorry for Andrea.how sad to say those things to some one.Glad I live in Australia.Good luck to you Rusty and you know what Jesus was not a Christian…Andrea, He was a Jew and never spoke to gentiles He would be insulted to be called anything other than a Jew.Tho He would speak to me ,I have a Jewish grandma.!!!!!

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13 andrealudwig September 8, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Hi Barbara,

I think you misunderstood me somehow. My allegiance is to God and his Word. His truth exists forever. Mormonism strays from classical Christianity on several points. The Jewish people are precious to God, and indeed Jesus was Jewish. The title “Christian” was first used in Antioch shortly after Christ ascended into heaven.

Here is the verse: ” The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” {Acts 11:26} A Christian was simply a follower of Christ, and Christ would never be offended at the term, although many people who do not understand it may be.

Bigotry is not the same as clinging to the truth which comes from God. It involves being hurtful and hateful just to be mean. Clinging to the truth is important because it rescues people from error. I want people to be free.

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