I have been using greymatter for just under a year now and was happy with it as a reasonably easy to use blogging but it is not actively being developed and it lacks some features I would like to have so I have been looking at alternatives / upgrades. I have had a look at WordPress and I am impressed by its features, active support and community. It includes features that I need such as comment moderation, automatic pings and RSS feed generation but I have some questions that i cannot find definitive answers to in this forum or on google.
1 - I read that mod_rewrite is needed. My ISP does not allow this to be turned on..:-(. I have read that it is needed in WordPress for permalinks but WordPress will still work without mod_rewrite. Is this true and what are the implications? - see also question 2 as any answer is related..:-)
2 - In greymatter all of my entries are of the form http://www.site.com/weblog/archives/00000001.htm and rise in numerical order. I undertand I can import my greymatter entries to WordPress but do the original HTML files still exist? or are they re-generated on-demand? and with the same file names? - or do they instead become php files? I have found that WordPress entries are dynamic (php / database entries) in nature and not static files like greymatter. I have seen that you support "Pages" as static pages but these do not seem to imply entries are the same. I read that in movable type it is possible to have static generated pages like greymatter (I can see the downside to this in having to perform rebuild for template changes) . You can also choose dynamic pages in Movable type just as in WordPress that do not require a complete rebuild if templates change. Does WordPress support the same (static HTML pages)? - I cannot find this to be the case in my searching. Basically, if I upgrade I would like to keep the same static files that exist now as they have some google PR and if I change the URL's to WordPress .php ones then I would lose that. The same applies to the index, archives (monthly and total archive). What do others do who have upgraded from greymatter to retain the same URL's for all previous greymatter pages so that your existing google standing is not affected?
I had a thought that Maybe it is possible to keep the