Posterous Importer Plugin

Yesterday I released the Posterous Importer plugin. Like the Vox Importer plugin, this one depends on the WP_Importer base class, so make sure to install that first. This plugin is based on the WordPress.com core importer. You can read about that on the WordPress.com blog.

I know it’s not ideal to make plugins that depend on other plugins, but right now the core import API does not have the functionality that I need. I’m working on that part though. Getting patches into core is not easy.

When you have the Posterous Importer installed, click on Tools -> Import from the WordPress admin screen. You should see Posterous in the list of importers.

Type in your Posterous host name, user name, and password. Click the Submit button. The importer will now validate your login credentials with Posterous.

If the authentication succeeds, the import will now begin. Depending on the amount of posts, comments, and attachments the import may take a while. You can not navigate away from this page while the importer is working.

If the importer times out or runs out of memory during the import, just keep restarting it until it finishes. The importer keeps track of what it has already imported so that you don’t end up with duplicate posts.

Vox Importer Plugin

Last week I was finally able to release the Vox Importer as a WordPress plugin. The plugin does have a dependency on the WP_Importer base class, so make sure to install that first.

This is nearly the same importer that we deployed to WordPress.com a few months ago. You can read about it on the WordPress.com blog. A few adjustments had to be made to make this plugin compatible with self-hosted WordPress blogs, but the functionality is basically the same.

When you have the Vox Importer installed, click on Tools -> Import from the WordPress admin screen. You should see Vox in the list of importers.

Type in your Vox host name, user name, and password. Click the Submit button. The importer will now validate your login credentials with Vox.

If the authentication succeeds, the import will now begin. Depending on the amount of posts, comments, and attachments the import may take a while. You can not navigate away from this page while the importer is working.

If the importer times out or runs out of memory during the import, just keep restarting it until it finishes. The importer keeps track of what it has already imported so that you don’t end up with duplicate posts.

If you have posts marked as private on your Vox blog, they will be marked as private in WordPress. You can optionally set a password for all posts imported from Vox.

Here is a potential gotcha. If any post with attachments is set to hidden, the importer can not import the attachments. The reason for this is because Vox does not give us the option to send authentication credentials when viewing or downloading attachments. The work around for this would be to set the posts to public in Vox, then run the importer. This works, but could get quite tedious if you have a lot of hidden or private posts with attachments.

Edit: I just realized that I had comments disabled on my site… fail. If you have any issues with the importer, please leave a comment or send me an email via my contact form.

EarthTainer

I built an EarthTainer™ on Sunday. Just like the guide says, I was able to find nearly all of the required parts at my local Lowe’s. The one exception is the 5” Net pot for the wicking basket. Next time I’m in Rogers I’ll stop by Anuway Hydroponics and see if they have it.

I went ahead and used the 10” square one that Lowe’s had. I’m hoping that this one minor detail change doesn’t screw the whole thing up.

I did make a few tweaks while building. I used zip ties instead of a wire rope clip for securing the tomato cages together. I zip tied the 4” PVC aeration bench supports to the bench so that they wouldn’t shift around while moving the box. I also zip tied the tomato cage legs to the aeration bench instead of using a wire rope clip.

I love zip ties and I have a lot of them. I’m also pretty sure they are cheaper than the clips.

I don’t even have a clue how long it took to build the thing. I kind of worked on and off most of the afternoon.

Here is the list of supplies that I bought.

Item Quantity Unit Price Total
31 Gal Rugged Tote 2 $12.97 $25.94
4″ X 5′ S40 PVC Pipe 1 $7.12 $7.12
1 1/2″ X 5′ S40 PVC Pipe 1 $2.62 $2.62
3X50 Landscape Fabric 1 $9.92 $9.92
1 1/2″ S40 PVC Cap 1 $0.83 $0.83
1/8″ Wire Rope Clip 8 $0.48 $3.84
1/4″ X 1 1/4″ Fender Washers (pack) 1 $7.97 $7.97
3/16″ X 2″ Toggle Bolts (12 pack) 1 $3.98 $3.98
10″ Planter Basket 1 $3.94 $3.94
54″ Tomato Cage 2 $4.58 $9.16
Total: $75.32

The estimated project cost for one EarthTainer™ is supposed to be around $33. It may seem like I’m way over budget, but keep in mind that some of the products listed above are not sold as single pieces. If I decide to build another one, I wont have to buy some of these parts again.

Ma.tt New Spring Design is LIVE!

The new spring design for Matt Mullenweg went live today!  I guess I can stop chugging coffee now…

I’m keeping an eye on the comments that people are posting.  A few people are seeing some alignment issues.  I will try to fix those as soon as I can.

I really have to take my hat off to Julien Morel, this was an awesome design to work with.