Finally switched to

I hung out with James Huff at WordCamp LA 2011 on Saturday. In January, James explained why (and how) he switched to

This afternoon, I’ve mustered the courage to move All Narfed Up to I currently have 1,797 published posts and 3,049 comments. The import took a few minutes, and I only had to wait a few more minutes after switching my nameservers at my domain registrar.

I was hesitant primarily because of affiliate links, but those aren’t generating revenue anymore. Since Amazon Associates was terminated in California in June 2011, that was one less reason to be self-hosted.

I’m so relieved that I don’t have to worry about plugins, upgrades, backups, or security on my blog. I’ll be more likely to write or share more photos.

Thanks for the nudge, James!

Note: For more information, see the pros and cons of vs.

Note #2: Here are the instructions for moving a blog from a self-hosted site to

Known Issues

My categories and tags weren’t assigned to any of my posts upon import. They’ve been in dire need of reorganizing, so this gives me a reason to re-categorize all my posts. (This will take awhile.)

I used the FD Footnotes Plugin for a long time, so you’ll see a lot of posts where the footnote is inline with the paragraph. Oh well. (For now.)

I used WP jQuery Lightbox, so the majority of photos and images link to the larger file rather than an attachment page. I’ll change my behavior from now on and use the built-in attachment page from now on.

FeedBurner appears to show the new post at, so all is well. FeedBurner doesn’t seem to recognize the new RSS feed yet, even though it’s the same URL. Sit tight because DNS is still propagating. If you don’t want to wait, you can ditch the FeedBurner feed and use the default RSS feed. (2011-09-14 16:56 PDT)

Plugins I won’t need by using

  • Akismet
  • Amazon S3 for WordPress
  • Automatic WordPress Backup
  • Cookies for Comments
  • DoFollow
  • Jetpack by
  • PlanetMike Login Error Cleaner
  • Revision Control
  • Subscribe To Comments
  • WordPress Database Backup
  • WordPress Mobile Edition
  • WP Super Cache

Plugins I’ll miss

  • FD Footnotes
  • WordPress Editorial Calendar
  • WP jQuery Lightbox

Plugins I won’t miss

  • Amazon Machine Tags
  • FeedBurner FeedSmith
  • flickrRSS
  • MediaRSS
  • Obfuscate E-mail
  • Taragana’s mp3 Player Plugin

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

8 thoughts on “Finally switched to”

  1. Welcome to!

    Sorry about the categories and tags not coming through, that was really odd. If you want, I can completely empty the blog here and we can try again. On the other hand, I can definitely understand the forced desire to re-organize. I did quite a bit of re-organizing after my move too.


  2. You won’t miss the total control of your site? I admit not having to worry about upgrading/security but in the end, if I wanted to do something on my blog and won’t allow it, I’m f’d.


      1. Come to think of it, I should probably change too. I haven’t messed/edited my blog in the longest time. Hrm, maybe I will in a few days. I’d have to see what types of restrictions there are to editing.


      2. Bah, I’ll probably change it. The whole community aspect is nice and I have considered tumblr before but much prefer wordpress. I already have another domain anyways for messing around wordpress/portfolio type stuff so this can just be for blogging


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