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  • Hi,

    I hope to heck this is OK to ask here but I am looking for a WordPress guru who would be interested in helping out with a migration of my site The Rock and Roll Report ( from Typepad to WordPress. It would involve working on a graphical overhaul (adding tabs at the top of the site is a must) and finding the best deal on a webhost plus basically recreating a lot of the features that I currently have on the site.

    This is a volunteer position but you will be exposed to a lot of cool rock and roll in the process if that counts for anything. As I am a Typepad user with rudimentary knowledge of HTML, you will understand my level of technical proficiency.

    If this is the wrong place to post this request, I would appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction for some help.

    You can e-mail me at

    Thanks in advance.


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  • I’m already doing too much ‘freebie’ work (do too much of this, and it eats into my paid consulting! 😉 ) to take on the entire task… But thought I’d throw together some musings:

    – If you search around here, you’ll find a list somewhere of good/cheap wordpress hosting. Make sure it’s somewhere decently reviewed by people here…

    – WordPress-specific hosts should get you pre-installed with WP1.5 to start with. I’d think then that there are instructions around the forums here somewhere of how to import/move over from Typepad.

    – Graphical overhaul should be stage FIVE or something. Get your site migrated and running first… 😉 Or, it should be BEFORE you migrate, so you’ve already worked out the ‘look’.

    – I’d be happy to point the way to recreating your current template — should be pretty easy since it is fixed-width side columns, fluid center. I’m sure there are WP1.5 themes you could base off of already out there. If not, I could whip up a clone quickly. (I originally did CHAITGEAR ( fixed/fluid/fixed before I decided I wanted ‘control’ over the look and moved to a fixed/fixed/fixed template.)

    – All of your Amazon links could be migrated to use my CG-Amazon plugin pretty easily, and give you more control down the line. Lemme know if you want to know more…

    – there should be a decent Recent Comments plugin around (one that caches, so it doesn’t look-up every pageload).

    – I could probably make a ‘clone’ of CG-Amazon that does cdbaby links — if I knew how to ‘look up’ things from their site. Otherwise you can at the least copy&paste from the current HTML…

    – I didn’t see what else you have that might be overly ‘custom’, or using typepad features/extensions, etc. If you point them out, people around here might suggest WP equivalents.

    The rest of the work is just getting hosted someplace with WP installation, and the data-migration side of things (which I have no experience with, having been with WP since day one!). 😉

    As you get further along, post here, or ping me at cgcode at chait dot net.


    Wow, thanks for the input! I definitely feel funny asking for free help and based on your post I think a lot of what I need done is probably something I could achieve myself. By doing it that way I can perhaps actually contribute to the WordPress community so that is how I will approach things. First things first and that is to research hosting options.

    As far as my site goes, no there isn’t too much cutom work to be done and I am not a big fan of overly complicated navigation themes so hopefully that will work to my advantage!

    As for CD Baby, Derek Sivers (a big proponent of open source software by the way) has indicated that he is in the middle of a big re-write of the CD Baby back-end and there will be all kinds of new ways to hook into the site so perhaps in the future some kind of CD Baby plug in will be able to be created.

    Thanks again for the input. I’ll let you know how things go.

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