Moving away from Wordpress to Github pages

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Krzysztof Koźmic

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Sep 15, 2014, 7:07:20 PM9/15/14
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We've been discussing the move for a while now, I think it's time to start doing something about it.

The way I see it, we can do it in a few stages:

Stage one

- Set up a Github page for CastleProject organisation
- Set up a Github page for major Castle repositories (Windsor, Core, etc)

This can be done by anyone who's a team member of the Castle organisation

Stage two

- copy the content from wordpress page to github pages. This involves a bit of tinkering with Github markdown, but I don't think it'd be too time consuming.

This can be done by anyone (pull request)

Stage three

- point the domain to the new page, and take Wordpress down

This can be done by whoever manages the domain and the box running Wordpress (I'm guessing Henry and/or Hammett)

Stage four

- styling the new pages. I'd consider this a lower priority but making it look nice and have some consistent branding would be nice.

Again, I think anyone can pull request it.


Call to action

Now, to begin with, is anyone volunteering to help execute the move, primarily stage two for now? Please raise your hand.

Henry Conceição

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Sep 15, 2014, 7:14:33 PM9/15/14
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Sounds good. I did a quick search, and looks like that exists some
tools out there [1] for the migration from wordpress to github/jekyll.
I can export the db (obfuscating accounts and etc) to anyone who wants
to give it a try.


1 - http://derekwyatt.org/2014/01/01/moving-from-wordpress-to-github-pages.html

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Henry Conceição
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Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 15, 2014, 7:45:36 PM9/15/14
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Sorry for making the commitment to do this several weeks ago and not getting very far. I was actually going to pick things up again this week as I just finished a project to a milestone on the weekend.

I'm still good for doing stage 1 and 2 this week.

I've also been cleaning up the issues on the YouTrack issue tracker when I've had a chance so we can migrate what's left to GitHub Issues. I'll report on the progress and what's left to do this week also.

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Krzysztof Koźmic

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Sep 15, 2014, 9:13:14 PM9/15/14
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awesome thanks guys.

Jono, I would probably prefer migrating the website first and the issues later, mostly because of the hacks we're getting on Wordpress and bad publicity that comes with it (https://twitter.com/paulstovell/status/511515143868395520)

Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 15, 2014, 9:38:09 PM9/15/14
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Definitely, I haven't done anything on the issues for over a week.

Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 18, 2014, 3:04:08 AM9/18/14
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Okay, I've done a first cut of the web site. I've got all the content across mostly as is, however I cleaned a little bit up as I went. There are a few rough bits but I'm happy to cut over to this site now and drop the WordPress one on the floor. We can all very easily make fixes to this site and accept pull requests from anyone too.

http://castleproject.github.io/

Henry or Hammett, let me know if you are happy with it and I'll commit the CNAME configuration so you can set up DNS:
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Krzysztof Kozmic

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Sep 18, 2014, 4:52:16 AM9/18/14
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Well done Jono.

I’m not sure I’d bother with the ’news’ section though.

Are you going to pull across pages for Windsor and Core as well?

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Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 18, 2014, 5:03:15 AM9/18/14
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I thought the news was a good way for people to see that the Castle Project is still active and keep up with releases. It is pretty easy to add a new post to the "blog". We can easily reduce the amount of space it takes up on the home page by limiting the number of posts (https://github.com/castleproject/castleproject.github.io/blob/master/index.html#L22).

The Windsor page is there, did you see the right nav? Yer, the nav could look better. There are some links to a Castle Core page (http://www.castleproject.org/projects/core/) but it doesn't exist. I brought across every page and post that showed up in the WP admin.
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Henry Conceição

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Sep 18, 2014, 12:12:13 PM9/18/14
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Looks good.

Let me know when I must change the dns.

Cheers,
Henry Conceição

Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 18, 2014, 7:56:57 PM9/18/14
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CNAME configuration added.

I've set it to the castle domain with "www" since we used to always use www. Also add an A record, GitHub Pages will automatically redirect the non-www one for us.

Ken Egozi

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Sep 18, 2014, 11:05:18 PM9/18/14
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That's terrific guys. I love how we would be able to get rid of all the spam, as well as the operational overhead (both from hosting and from content maintenance perspectives).

I created a favicon out of the little castle logo. As I cannot push directly to the site's repo I created a PR with it.



Henry Conceição

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Sep 19, 2014, 11:34:38 AM9/19/14
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Added the cname entry. The A record will continue pointing to the old
server for now. I'll make sure that we have a redirect for the
non-www.

Cheers,
Henry Conceição

Henry Conceição

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Sep 19, 2014, 11:52:31 AM9/19/14
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It's looks like the castleproject.github.io is redirecting to
www.castleproject.org. Is this expected?

Cheers,
Henry Conceição


On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM, Jonathon Rossi <jo...@jonorossi.com> wrote:

Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 19, 2014, 5:08:19 PM9/19/14
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Yep, once you commit a CNAME file and the DNS is working GitHub Pages will do that for you automatically to ensure you've only got got one URL serving the content. It's the same reason they'll automatically redirect the www or non-www site to the one you specify in the CNAME file.

Thanks for getting the DNS updated.

Krzysztof Kozmic

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Sep 19, 2014, 5:50:45 PM9/19/14
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going to http://castleproject.org (in Firefox at least) causes a redirect loop.

Is it because the DNS records are still updating or is there something we need to do about it?
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Ken Egozi

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Sep 19, 2014, 8:33:25 PM9/19/14
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Iirc this domain still points to the old server which tries to redirect to www but there is something messed up there.

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James Curran

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Sep 19, 2014, 10:11:09 PM9/19/14
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Ken Egozi

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Sep 20, 2014, 12:04:35 AM9/20/14
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This might be a meta refresh tag that lacks the http prefix.

Btw as we are in charge of the server there can we look in IIS logs to figure out if people actually are going to the non www address?
And perhaps set a permanent redirect rule while at it?

I'd be happy to do so of I can get a temporary access to the machine.


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Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 20, 2014, 12:55:34 AM9/20/14
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It looks like the the location header is missing the protocol, so it is treating it as a relative location:
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.30.0
> Accept: */*
< HTTP/1.1 302 Redirect
< Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
* Server Microsoft-IIS/7.5 is not blacklisted
< Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
< X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
< Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:50:10 GMT
< Content-Length: 145
<head><title>Document Moved</title></head>
* Connection #0 to host castleproject.org left intact
<body><h1>Object Moved</h1>This document may be found <a HREF="www.castleproject.org/">here</a></body>

However, we shouldn't need to even host the non-www one ourselves. As I mentioned earlier if you add both a CNAME and A record GitHub Pages will ensure that users are redirected to the exact domain you've got in your "CNAME" file. This is how I've had my website jonorossi.com set up.

hammett

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Sep 25, 2014, 10:41:29 PM9/25/14
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I have a typekit subscription, if you guys want to explore
alternatives to the typography.
Cheers,
hammett
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Krzysztof Koźmic

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Sep 26, 2014, 12:57:12 AM9/26/14
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is anyone looking at the redirect problem when not using www. ?

hammett

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Sep 27, 2014, 1:10:36 AM9/27/14
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That's up to Henry, I believe...

Henry Conceição

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Sep 29, 2014, 2:15:49 PM9/29/14
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No, I'm not looking into this issue. Adding the A entry right now is
not option (there a bunch of subdomains that aren't explicit
configured).

I've checked the "Redirect all requests to exact destination (instead
of relative destination)", but it seems that the issue persists...

Cheers,
Henry Conceição

Jonathon Rossi

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Sep 29, 2014, 11:08:58 PM9/29/14
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Henry it looks like you did actually fix it. It works for me in my browser and IIS is responding correctly now. Maybe your browser is caching the 302.

< HTTP/1.1 302 Redirect

Ken Egozi

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Sep 29, 2014, 11:11:25 PM9/29/14
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hammett

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Sep 29, 2014, 11:45:47 PM9/29/14
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same here.

Krzysztof Koźmic

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Sep 30, 2014, 12:01:03 AM9/30/14
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yup. works now.

Well done :)
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