Monday, December 31, 2007

My turn!

My turn!, originally uploaded by Billius.

Toby goes for a scoot when Ethan isn't looking!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Migrating all Pinnell blogs to Wordpress

Hello all,

You may have noticed that the various Pinnell web blogs have been looking different lately - this is because I've just moved all the old 4 blogs from Blogger to

This isn't finished yet and I still need to sort out some problems - for those who are interested here's what's up:

 The old four blogs were:

and an aggregator blog which was meant to be 'your one stop shop for all Pinnell family stuff'

Unfortunately the aggregator stopped working, so did reliable Picasa uploads to blog and life was just too short to maintain all the family blogs seperately - hence I decided to move all blogs to - and consolidate the family ones at the same time - so you end up with: - all my geeky stuff - all the photos of the kids and Denise

Ok - so that was the theory but how did I go about it and what's the outstanding issues?

Firstly - though I used blogger for all the websites - I didn't use the 'blogspot' blogger hosting - instead I hosted them on my own domain

So I transferred all blogs to blogspot hosting so I could use the 'Magic Import' from Blogger function. Note - this doesn't work if you are hosting your own Blogger blogs.

I also took the opportunity to consolidate all the kids/family blogs into one as required.

This worked a treat and I ended up with the above wordpress blogs  up and running. (note though there are a lot of duplicate entries I need to remove)

I then tackled the issue of redirecting people to new blog:

All four blogs had their own domains associated with them:, etc

I also had a hosting service at to hold all four blogs, including uploaded photos etc. ( was my blog and etc was used for kids)

For the three 'sub blogs' I used web forwarding provided by hosting service to point them at the new page.

All photos still work on the blog as they link to correctly)

The 4th blog - is causing more problems...

So I can't use web-forwarding on as then though the correct would be used all the links to images etc would end up pointing at wordpress directory and not find any of the files.

(Note - I want to keep using for storing all photos - as you only get 50Mb on

Then I read about using a 301 redirect for a specific file - in my case This seems ideal as I only care about the one blog/index file.

I made up an .htaccess file at the root of my hosted space. (took ages to find out I could actually do this - never saw it when I used ftp explorer to look at site - only when I used on-line "manage files" option)

redirect 301 /index.html

However, there doesn't appear to such a file at my directory - so I get my blog page up with a big "404 - Not Found" error on it - not what I want.

I tried removing .html, changing it to .php (which works in browser but not in redirect) to no avail.

This can't be the first time someone has tried to do this - I've googled and looked at support forums but I can't  seem to be able to find anyone who has done / is trying to do same as me.

(If you are reading this and can help - that would be really appreciated!)

Will keep you updated on progress.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hello world!

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Lego Advent Calendar

Lego Advent Calendar, originally uploaded by Billius.

I've just made up Santa, a Chimney and a fireman to put out any uncontrolled fires!

Toby is in the Christmas spirit

WJP_1040, originally uploaded by Billius.

Denise and Toby at Chris, Gillian and Ben's Christmas Party