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I’ve Converted to Habari

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I recently asked for recommendations for a blogging script through .net forum to fulfil the requests of those wanting something more professional than FanUpdate, but without the relative bloat of WordPress. @otherniceman was kind enough to point me in the direction of Habari and not only was I impressed enough to have used it as the base of several recommendations, but I’ve also converted my own site to it.

You may remember that it was only last year I recommended Chyrp. Indeed, I still like the quirky little script. Unfortunately however, with over 18,000 comments and nearly 1,000 entries my blog does not like it. Even today where my traffic is half what it was in the summer of last year — not blogging for 12 months does that to ya — Chyrp cannot cope. With my plans to cut the crap to free up some time, I need something that’s going to keep me live without daily babysitting.

Habari is in most respects almost like a “WordPress lite” (weighing in at some 5MB smaller than WP), something which many of us have been crying out for over the years. With that said, it’s not something new and just on the shelf… development started in 2007 as far as I’ve been able to gather, with some of the original WordPress contributors getting it where it is today. The project appears to be maintained by the community, for the community and has a tight security record so far.

As part of the conversion I have, as previously touched upon, cut out some of the crappy older articles from the site and have converted the rest into blog entries. Likewise, old reviews have been moved over and can be found using the tag “review“. The scripts page has been compressed down into one block instead of multiple pages with inspiration drawn from Cine’s script page.

Converting hasn’t been a quick task simply because of the mass amounts of content and entries, and I hope that it pays off in the long run. In the mean time, you’re more than welcome to report bugs to me in the comments below or via e-mail:

Known Issues

  • Half of my redirects aren’t working. Arse.
  • Most of my entries are untagged, giving some empty links (e.g. Pants on right)
  • Comments lists are as of yet unstyled
  • Feedburner has a cached installer page instead of feed.
  • Feed featuring some very old posts (sorry)
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27 comments so far

  1. Anthony said:

    Woah… at first I was like "whose site is this and why am I on it?" Ha, love the new layout, Jem. I wish WordPress had a "lite" version. 700 files is just plain shit, and I don’t even use half of the crap inside of WP. Whatever, it’s cute, this is cute, you’re cute. :3

  2. Christine said:

    Sorry, one more comment. Did you keep your awesome fan art page? I don’t see it anywhere (unless i’m blind ~_~). Those ninja’s were so adorable, i think you should have a link to them some where on your about me page.

  3. Amanda said:

    Not that you need approval, but thumbs up from me. :)

    I’d suggest creating more spacing (or a divider?) between individual blog entries on the front page – they’re kind of melting into each other at the moment.

  4. Dee said:

    Habari uses really real HTML Strict rather than shitty fauXHTML?

    I like it already! :O

    … maybe in another nine year’s time I’ll get around to converting again. :P

  5. Enzo said:

    Oooh…I remember testing Habari out about a year ago and I did think it was nice. I just couldn’t figure out how to work around the templating system. LOL

  6. Caity said:

    It looks great! I’m glad the conversion went successfully! Now I know three people who have converted to Habari. I’m actually considering converting myself and finally sucking it up and making my own theme again. I’ve been researching it ever since Melissa at told me about it last week. When I have a bit of time on my hands, it’s definitely what I’m doing.

  7. Melissa said:

    I’m soooo glad that the import/convert went well! Definitely a sign that Habari is a great CMS to use. Scott’s layout looks awesome, I think my favorite bit about it is the font and white-space. So clean and comfy. <3>

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