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Wasted Morning with WordPress

For approximately a half hour this morning I had this travelogue on Wordpress. Good going. No problems. Everything went smoothly. I simply published an index page with Wordpress to the same address as this travelogue with the attempt of leaving all of the Blogger generated pages right where they were — without altering anything. —————- [...]

For approximately a half hour this morning I had this travelogue on WordPress.

Good going.

No problems.

Everything went smoothly. I simply published an index page with WordPress to the same address as this travelogue with the attempt of leaving all of the Blogger generated pages right where they were — without altering anything.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Bangor, Maine USA – July 8, 2009
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This would work out fine, as I do most of the navigation for this travelogue manually with self generated index pages (directory, by world region, and year).

I stood in a position where I could take up the line with WordPress that was laid down with Blogger.

Except . . .

I could not find a theme worth using. I could not find a theme that I liked even remotely as much as the one that I created through the Blogger publishing platform.

The page that you are reading now started out as a simple two column Minima template that I massacred, buggered, and mutated to be exactly what I want it to be.

I could not find a WordPress theme that could match my preferences. Most of them just look plain stupid. I run the Arras theme for the homepage, travel help, and Feature stories parts of Vagabond Journey.com, and this is what I tried to use for the travelogue . . . but it just did not seem right.

The problems that I am having with Blogger are “known issues” and I will wait out a month for them to fix them. Until then, I will be searching for an appropriate theme.

I can now begin publishing with WordPress at the touch of a button.

I really wish that I could just use the template that I currently use of this traveloge with WordPress . . .

Looking for a path through the woods.

Filed under: Maine, USA, Website Construction

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3411 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Craig | travelvice.com July 8, 2009, 12:49 pm

    This template looks quite simple — perhaps just creating your own is the solution? You've already got the HTML, you'll just need to fill in the bits & pieces with WordPress' "hooks"

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  • Daniel July 8, 2009, 1:39 pm

    This might be way past the scope of the fiddling you want to take con, but here is a site that offers a tutorial on tweaking blogger themes to fit wordpress. Here's the URL: http://www.jestro.com/web-design/convert-xhtml-css-to-wordpress/

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  • Wade Vagabond Journey.com July 8, 2009, 1:47 pm

    Hello Craig,

    That is exactly what I would like to do. I suppose I will try to find those "hooks" and put them in haha.

    Thanks, Daniel, for your help.I am looking at this page now.

    Wade

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  • Craig | travelvice.com July 8, 2009, 10:12 pm

    Lemme know if you need any help Wade — I'm quite savvy with WordPress under the hood.

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