The TumblrpocalypseThe end is near! Tumblr Refugees: Read On No doubt by now you’ve read news of Tumblr’s demise. No? In a nutshell they caved into the demands of Apple (and the Feds) with an epic overreaction, and brought down the oppressive curtains of censorship on us members. It’s a sad and cowardly move by Jeff D’Onofrio, and likely the final nail in the coffin for one of the last platforms with common-sense content policies. Artists and perverts alike (I love you all) have until December 17th to clear out, or lose anything the (quite inept) Tumblr algorithm deems “explicit” forever. Thankfully, with the help of a couple long-forgotten plugins, exodus to a self-hosted WordPress installation isn’t impossible.   Note: while there is enough overlap for a successful migration from Tumblr, the two platforms have several features that don’t exist on the other. Because of this there will obviously be some cleanup needed after migration (such as a ton of “no title” titles if, like me, you didn’t use titles on Tumblr), as well as some data that will be lost (such as likes and credits). Also, I’ve only used this procedure to migrate my clients’ text- and photo-based blogs, so your results may vary with reblogs, chats, etc.   This guide is just a quick-and-dirty, intended to save experienced nerds some time, since time is short and misinformation is plentiful—this is not all inclusive. It assumes you have at least a basic working knowledge of the WP-Admin and installing plug-ins. Ideally you’ll be performing these steps on a local install of WordPress using XAMPP or whatever development environment you prefer, then pushing it to a live site, but I recommend at least starting with a clean install of WordPress. If you’re migrating into an existing WordPress site please make a backup of the database first! In fact, I recommend backing up the database after step 8 on a clean install too just in case. The quick-and-dirty guide to fleeing Tumblr in a hurry: In your WordPress Admin, go to Tools › Import. Under Tumblr, click Install Now. When it’s done, click Run Importer. Yes, I know it’s ancient. Yes, I know everyone says it’s broken. It works perfectly fine—I’ve used it in both XAMPP and cPanel environments and both http and https connections. Follow the instructions to create an “app” on Tumblr (super easy), then copy-pasta that OAuth and Secret key back to the Importer and click Connect to Tumblr.… NSFW · Explicit
Hello world! I missed those words. The Tumblr experiment did not turn out quite as expected. Instead of being liberated by the simplicity limitations of the system, the task of writing and posting became overly complicated by Tumblr’s inadequacy for anything but photo/status streaming. “There’s an App for that!” proved to be far from true, and the site was all but useless on my newly-discovered travel companion, the iPad. If that wasn’t enough, Tumblr’s servers spend more time offline than on, which meant when I had time to post I usually couldn’t. 11 months later and nothing has changed—Tumblr appears to be an abandoned step-child… Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! WordPress, on the other hand, has continued to evolve and grow under the careful guidance of a very active development community. In the time since I left the platform, it has embraced touch-technologies and simplicity of posting. Everything I left WordPress to find is now available out-of-the-box… and there really is an App for that. I’m working to reformat the articles into the new site, finish up and publish articles that have been sitting on paper for the last year, and rebuild several that seem to have been lost while rotting over at Tumblr (WTF!?). In the mean time, content might be a bit messy around here.… NSFW · Explicit