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  • Hi all,

    I’m not using WordPress yet – I’m thinking about it – but I’ve got some specific questions as to its capabilities. I was hoping I could get some definitive answers. I’m looking at migrating from another CMS, which is now acting increasingly cantankerous after its last upgrade (and is suddenly charging a lot more money to run multiple sites…and I can’t get any community support) so these capabilities are things that I had with the previous CMS that I’m hoping WP offers:

    can I add custom fields to blogs? For example: if I want a place to store a meta description with each post, or if I want body text and extended text separate fields? I did find this in the support docs; but it looks like the data it stores is too small. (One of my blogs has three “body” text fields – because yes, in one instance, the content really is that lengthy.)

    can a single post span across multiple pages?

    does WP allow the author to tag their posts – and then allow users to filter for all posts with that tag? (Answer may be yes; but I’m still checking.)

    can I make some templates (and thus all content displayed through those templates) visible only to logged-in members?

    Can I make some content within a template change, depending on a member’s status (logged in or logged out)? I don’t only want password-protected posts; but I’d like to display a summary to the general public and additional content to logged-in members only.

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  • Also forgot to ask:

    can I rename my index.php file to something else…like “blog” (completely removing the .php extension)?

    can I install my admin folder into a folder other than something called wp-admin? (I think so…but wanted to check.)

    Here are a few answers:

    can I rename my index.php file to something else…like “blog” (completely removing the .php extension)?

    No

    does WP allow the author to tag their posts – and then allow users to filter for all posts with that tag? (Answer may be yes; but I’m still checking.)

    Yes, built in ability to sort, Categories, Tags and Authors.

    can a single post span across multiple pages?

    Pages and Posts are different things, both can be real long, many screens, Not sure if I answered this one enough.

    can I install my admin folder into a folder other than something called wp-admin? (I think so…but wanted to check.)

    I don’t think so, but not my strongest area of knowledge.

    Some of the others I think so, but they are above my pay grade and others should be able to add more information.

    Good luck

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

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    can I rename my index.php file to something else…like “blog” (completely removing the .php extension)?

    As mentioned, no, BUT! 🙂 You don’t have to use index.php. You can use domain.com/blog and that will work just fine.

    can a single post span across multiple pages?

    You can split up a post into multiple ‘pages’, but don’t confuse that with the other tuype of Pages in WordPress. Goofy terminology. If you put <!--nextpage--> in your post, it will split up the post.

    can I make some templates (and thus all content displayed through those templates) visible only to logged-in members?

    Can I make some content within a template change, depending on a member’s status (logged in or logged out)? I don’t only want password-protected posts; but I’d like to display a summary to the general public and additional content to logged-in members only.

    Yes to both, but you need to use some plugins (Members Only, for example).

    As for moving admin, no, but you can harden WP – http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress

    Thank you to both of you for your answers. This gives me some more information.

    ipstenu, I’ve been reading about pretty permalinks. Can I set things up so that all of my URLs follow the format “domain.com/mythings/(title)”?

    Thanks for the pagination-response. I won’t be using the Pages in WP, because I’ve never quite understood those (and one of the sites I’ll be re-creating has over 1,000 entries…yeah, I have a weekend project for the next few months), but the fact that I can put that nextpage in my post is good information. Thanks!! (Now I just have to hope I don’t hit the character limit for the body field…I’ve got a few entries that are ginormous. Think “nine-page articles”, and there you go.)

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    ipstenu, I’ve been reading about pretty permalinks. Can I set things up so that all of my URLs follow the format “domain.com/mythings/(title)”?

    Yes 🙂

    For those really long posts, consider http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/in-series/ or other plugins that turn your posts into a linked series.

    For more about Pages vs posts – http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2007/09/18/are-you-abusing-your-wordpress-pages-and-your-blog/

    It’s only mildly complicated. Just remember: the more WP Pages you use (NOT paginated posts, but pages), the slower your DB will become. This is usually only an issue when you have a couple thousand pages. Normally people have a handful (about, contact us, etc.). STATIC information.

    I wasn’t planning on using WP Pages, anyway, even for the few “static” pages that I have – like I said, I don’t completely understand them, and I’m quite happy setting things up like a blog.

    Thanks for the plugin recommendations and the other link! Realistically, since I’m trying to come from ExpressionEngine to WP, I’m going to have to do everything manually and just kiss my comments good-bye. (I don’t have many of them….but still. Obnoxious and a bit painful.)

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    See http://www.58twelve.com/2009/03/switching-from-expression-engine-to-wordpress/ for export help, but … Yeah, it’s tricky, I’ve heard 🙁 Good luck!

    Oh dear fluffy lord…there’s a possibility of export help!!! Or at least someone else who’s made the trip. (Thanks!! Last night at about 3 ack emma I’d resigned myself to spending the next month, or so, to manually move 10 sites over – and by “manually move”, I was thinking rebuild from scratch, backdate entries, lots of copy and paste. Anything that can help streamline that process makes me a Very Happy Camper.)

    Even if I have to recopy all my tags into the individual entries, that’s a HECK of a lot less work than I had originally envisioned.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    Firefly reference gets you bonus points 😉

    This guy did it too, but it was 4 years ago, and I know the WordPress databases have changed a bit since. http://toxicsoftware.com/expressionengine-to-wordpress/

    Shiny!! 😀

    Admittedly, the last time I re-learned a CMS from the ground up was six years ago (MT to EE), and I’m not overjoyed about diving into this again. But…the sites don’t work (except for my business site – yay, at least my customers don’t know that I’m dead in the water) and I’ve got to get them operational again. (And six years in internet-time is almost an epoch, so I shouldn’t be griping too much.)

    I found that basic WordPress was easy to learn – Pages are nice if you have some static content, “About Me” is a popular use. WordPress has a lot of power but does not seem prone to blowing your foot off with it like many programs are. And WordPress is easy to make changes after the fact.

    good luck

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