GrandJDM Migration 90% Complete

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Over the weekend, we finally migrated the grandJDM posts over to JNC. You can find all the archived fabulousity by using the search box to your left. All of the info-rich text is there, but eagle-eyed techies have noticed the pictures, while visible, are still on the grandJDM server.

That’s cause WordPress (which both sites used) has a stupid system for image management. If anyone is interested in the issue and can possibly help us with a solution, please read on. We’d be greatly appreciative and may even send some nifty JDM swag your way.

WordPress’s requires that you upload images through their Media Library interface, which is unfortunately only available during on the screen when you edit an individual post. So if we simply FTP all the files from grandJDM over to JNC, they won’t show up.

Someone with sufficient technical skillz could probably whip up a simple batch uploader, but that has yet to happen. That means currently the only way to move the images over is to do it one by one, saving each image onto your computer and uploading it through the WordPress Media Library interface. Argh!

There’s also some other minor things (like image alignment and text color) that could use some touching up, which could be done at the same time. But if you want to see the next issue of JNC magazine before 2009, this isn’t possible for us to undertake.

Any ideas? Does someone with A LOT of free time and some WordPress savvy want to pitch in? Does the promise of some JDM toys and JNC gear sweeten the deal? Let us know in the comments or send us an email. Domo arigato!

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14 Responses to GrandJDM Migration 90% Complete

  1. Kev said:

    I will put up a JDM prize for the guy who can help šŸ˜€

  2. Ben said:

    Me too. That’s 2 JDM prizes coming from opposite sides of the globe! Can’t beat that with a meerkat.

  3. Kev said:

    Betcha my prize is better…. šŸ™‚

  4. Ben said:

    Really? Can I have one too then? šŸ™‚

  5. Kev said:

    No you may not.

  6. Joe said:

    No solution here but really loved the blog style main page of grandjdm any chance were going to see this?

  7. Ben said:

    We don’t have any plans to transplant that look directly. Van (who did the excellent design of grandJDM) is working on a new JNC design to match the look of the magazine (which he also designed). But he’s a very very busy graphic designer these days.

  8. Ryan said:

    Assuming hotlinking the images is not an option, and using ftp for some strange reason doesn’t allow you to link to an image on your server….

    Act like your going to post a new page. You have the (post) title bar and below it, the “Post” bar. On that bar it says “Add Media:”. Click on the first image (“Add an Image”). That opens a dialog. Click the grey button “Choose files to upload”. Select multiple images/files by holding Ctrl or Shift. Click open and it will start to “Crunch” the files. Once it’s finished, click “Save all changes” at the bottom. Close the dialog (X on top-right) and cancel post.

    Go to “Manage”>”Media Library” and your photos/files you uploaded should be there. Note, this is only in the latest WordPress version. If you use WordPress.com, then you have the latest version. If you downloaded to your server from WordPress.org, you may have an old version that needs to be upgraded.

  9. Ryan said:

    Reading your forum post, it seems you don’t want to manually reset each image link in each post. Unfortunately, you’ll have to to a degree because the file’s location depend on the date. For example:

    src=”http://yourwebsite.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/image.jpg?w=500″

    This is a problem because when you re-upload, the date gets moved to …/2008/06/…

    The best way to deal with this is take the export file you made (for example: “wordpress.2008-06-03.xml”) and open it with a decent text opener. I use Notepad++.

    Use the find function to skip down to all the place that have “http://yourwebsite.files.wordpress.com/” and rename it according to the new site and new date. Example: “http://yourNEWwebsite.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/”. Keep pressing the find button till you get through all the links. Then import onto JNC and it should be good.

    Note: I’m using wordpress.com with it’s hosting. If your hosting your own, the link address can be written differently. Just look for a image link that was uploaded for your individual link address.

    I hope I don’t sound absolutely confusing…. But I probably do. šŸ™‚
    Let me know if you need more explaining.

    Looking forward to the combined forces uniting in fullness. šŸ˜‰

  10. Ryan said:

    “This is a problem because when you re-upload, the date gets moved to ā€¦/2008/06/ā€¦”

    that is for your newly uploaded images, not the posts.

  11. Ben said:

    Hi Ryan,

    We’re using the latest version. I didn’t know you could mass upload images like that, but you’re right, the dates on the image would be wrong. I’m willing to accept that as a fact of life and it doesn’t really affect the reader at all.

    On a side note, I think FTP doesn’t work because WordPress does something with each file uploaded, like possibly put a mention of it in the database or something. When it renders the blog page, it converts an image tag to whatever internal database reference it’s using. Lame. I’m not sure this is how it works. Others in the googleverse have explained it better.

    Anyhow, thanks for your input! We might have to end up doing it individually anyway because there’s some image alignment and text color issues (though unimportant).

  12. wish i was clever and could help you guys out with this

  13. Kev said:

    No prize for you, Colin šŸ™‚

  14. Ryan said:

    Unfortunately I don’t run WordPress on my own server so can’t looking into it further for you. I don’t know if ScribeFire (FF extension) might help you any, but worth a look.

    Good luck, just don’t be too lazy… šŸ™‚

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