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Migrating Blog from SPACES to WordPress

Early this month Microsoft told us that the days of our Blogs on SPACES.LIVE.COM are numbered. They are closing SPACES.LIVE.COM in March 2010. Fortunately all was not lost as Microsoft had made arrangements to migrate our blogs to the well-known blogging platform of WordPress.Com. The tools necessary for this migration were made available on the SPACES site. Though it appeared to be a straight forward process I decided to be cautious and approached it in following step by step process.

  • The first step was to get familiar with WordPress. Getting started was easy. Just choose a User Name and register at WordPress.com. I created a sample blog on the site.  WordPress presents you with a bewildering array of choices and menus. The post creation/edit screen is very minimalist with a tiny area to enter your material. I remembered Windows Live Writer 2011 and switched to it.
  • Live Writer 2011 supports WordPress blogs. I registered my newly created blog and created a sample post. I published it on WordPress and switched to it to try out all the options available. The layout “Theme” scheme of WordPress is very flexible.
  • After playing around with my blog with all the options available on WordPress I developed enough confidence that it is indeed a workable and better alternative to SPACES.

Migrating Dnyankosh Blog

  • I decided to migrate my Dnyankosh blog first since it had a small number of posts.  I downloaded a backup to my hard disk before attempting the migration. This consists of all the images embedded in the posts and the posted matter in html format. All photos and videos on SkyDrive are not backed up. As an additional backup, I retrieved all posts from my bold through Live Writer and saved them my hard disk as drafts.
  • With backup done I proceeded to migrate my Dnyankosh blog to WordPress. The complete process took less than 5 minutes as I had about 19 posts only. Now that the blog was on WordPress it had to be customised and checked for transfer accuracy.
  • Customisation involved choosing Theme, Widgets, Privacy settings etc. I used Live Writer 2011 for making modifications to posts to adopt to the new layout. These were mainly changes in Fonts, Table Widths, Text alignments etc. The Live Writer 2011 provides two useful links for inserted Photo Albums from SkyDrive – View Slide Show and Download All.  I reinserted all Photo Albums to get these links in my blogs.
  • WordPress uses Serif fonts by default. I changed the fonts to San Serif for the posts I modified.
  • Apart from this no other changes were required for the migrated blog. However without Live Writer 2011 it would have been an impossible task.

Migrating KelkarFamily Blog

  • Now that one blog was successfully migrated to WordPress I had enough confidence to tackle the much bigger KelkarFamily blog. The difference was mainly in number of posts and number of embedded Photo albums from SkyDrive.
  • After taking a backup I skipped the earlier step of saving drafts of the items posted and went straight to transferring the blog to WordPress from SPACES. The transfer was actually very quick taking less than 10 minutes.
  • The customising took time as I had to prepare a composite collage of all my family members for the blog header.
  • The relinking of Photo Albums from SkyDrive went smoothly, though it took time.
  • Both the blogs are now online on WordPress at http://kelkarfamily.wordpress.com/ and https://dnyankosh.wordpress.com/

Conclusions

  • Overall the WordPress experience is much better than SPACES.
  • The Editing and Posting tools provided by WordPress are totally inadequate. Use of Windows Live Writer 2011 is highly recommended. Most of the work I had to do while migrating would not have been possible without Live Writer 2011. Also you can keep a backup of all your posts on your computer when you use Live Writer 2011.
  • WordPress provides only limited storage space for free accounts. Using SkyDrive with 25GB free storage space in combination with WordPress provides an unbeatable combination for your Blog – Best of Both The Worlds!

More Must-Know Windows 7 Shortcuts

Start a new instance of an app. Changes made to the taskbar mean that clicking on a program icon placed there won’t automatically start up a new instance of it. Instead, clicking will just show you what windows of it you already have open. But if you Shift-click or click the middle mouse button on a program’s taskbar icon, you can start up another instance.

Start an elevated instance of an app. You can run a program with administrative credentials even if you’re not logged into an administrator-level account. Shift-Ctrl-click on a taskbar icon to open an elevated instance of that app.

Close a taskbar thumbnail. There’s a red X icon in the upper-right corner of each taskbar thumbnail window that you can use to close that window. Want an even quicker way? Click the middle mouse button on it.

Restore the last active window. New taskbar groupings make it easier than ever to organize the programs you have open in Windows 7. But there’s a way to speed up the process even more. Ctrl-click on a taskbar group to open the last active window in that group. Keep clicking to cycle through all the windows you have open.

Open a Jump List. One of the most helpful new features of Windows 7 are Jump Lists, which give you instant access to frequently used commands. There are two ways top open them: Either right-click on a taskbar icon, or left-click and drag it upward.

Arrange windows with Snap. Windows 7’s new Snap capability lets you arrange your windows in several cool ways, depending on where you drag them on the screen. But you need your mouse. With any open window, hold down the Windows key and then press an arrow key to cause the appropriate Snap behaviour. Use Windows key + Up Arrow to maximize the window; Windows key + Left Arrow or Right Arrow to make the window fill either the left or right half of the screen; or use Windows key + Down Arrow to minimize the window, or restore it to its original size if it’s been maximized.

Minimize all but the active window. Sometimes the best way to clear your head is by clearing your desktop of everything except what you’re looking at. This is easy to do in Windows 7: Hit Windows key+Home to minimize every window except the one that’s currently active.

Move a window to another display. Multiple-display setups can be a great convenience, but arranging your windows between them is sometimes challenging. Not in Windows 7. Hold down Shift and the Windows key with either the Left or Right Arrow key to send the window automatically to the display (or projector) in that position.

Use the magnifier. If you’re having trouble seeing portions of the screen, whether because of vision problems or because you’re running at too high a resolution for a specific task, pressing Windows key+Plus key will start up Windows’ magnifier option and let you zoom in on your display. To make everything look smaller again when you’re finished, hit Windows key+Minus key.

Set projection options. If you’re using your Windows 7 PC with a projector, you can easily change your display options by hitting Windows key+P. You’ll be given choices to display on just your computer or just the projector, show the same thing on both, or extend your projection.

Windows 7 Solution Center

To facilitate and focus on problem fixing and provide solution for issue related to Windows 7 to end-users, Microsoft has launched an one-stop portal called “Windows 7 Solution Center”.  

It covers a wide range of topics, including install, upgrade and activate, performance, safety and security, Internet Explorer, entertainment, and productivity.

Visitors will be presented with Resource Page that provides direct links to several key resources such as Windows 7 Home Page,  What’s new in Windows 7.

IT-Professionals: Visit the Windows Client TechCenter on TechNet,

Can my PC run Windows 7?, Visit the Windows 7 Help & How To Center and Windows 7 system requirements.

The Key Resources page also features top solutions such as Installing Windows: Recommended links 32 bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions, How to backup your data on a Windows-based computer and link to Windows 7 Compatability Center, and top answers from Getting Ready for Windows 7 forum. Of course, it also allows user to ask the community by posting questions in the Microsoft Answers Forums.

Go to Windows 7 Solution Center

77 Tips for Windows 7

The Flood of information on Windows 7 has started.
Here is a gem at Microsoft TechNet – 77 Windows 7 Tips

The Windows key now performs a wide variety of functions.
Here are a handful of the most useful ones:

The 14 Best Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

64. Win+h – Move current window to full screen
65. Win+i – Restore current full screen window to normal size
      or minimize current window if not full screen
66. Win+Shift+arrow – Move current window to alternate screen
67. Win+D – Minimize all windows and show the desktop
68. Win+E – Launch Explorer with Computer as the focus
69. Win+F – Launch a search window
70. Win+G – Cycle through gadgets
71. Win+L – Lock the desktop
72. Win+M – Minimize the current window
73. Win+R – Open the Run window
74. Win+T – Cycle through task bar opening Aero Peek for each running item
75. Win+U – Open the Ease of Use center
76. Win+Space – Aero Peek the desktop
77. Ctrl+Win+Tab – Open persistent task selection window, roll