As you all know, I moved away from MyOpera about a year ago following an increase in the amount of bugs and problems getting to the site. I’ve been slowly moving all of my stuff over to WordPress, manually moving posts. Since I decided to move tools were released to easily move over to other sites like WordPress, but I have so much on this site that I’ve spent months cutting it down so that I will be able to move it. I had more than double the maximum data needed to move.
Now, as you can tell from this posting, I stuck around Opera for my friends. I kept this account mostly to keep in touch with people who stayed here in spite of the troubles, but also to act as a rolling feed for my page over on WordPress (the fact is that unless you’re a member or willing to get email alerts it’s a pain to follow a blog there without RSS).
So, on to the point of this post. As of this post from the Opera crew we now know that MyOpera has become too much for them with too little return and that they will be shutting the site down. I’d like to say it’s a shock, but I saw it coming with all the problems I was having. They just don’t have the resources to spare to keep something like this going for everyone. If you haven’t seen that post, it should be linked somewhere in your watchlist or similar.
I’d like to see as many of my friends choose to export to WordPress as possible. I can vouch for the system being highly customisable. Sure, some of the more advanced features such as custom CSS are paid features, but this is true of most sites these days. Banners and Backgrounds can still be changed and that is more than most people want to do anyway. You can change what appears in your feeds, set up the system to post notifications of your posts to multiple social networks, have sharing buttons and likes, customise the menus of the site and so much more. Even better, there are good ways to post and manage your site from mobile devices too.
When I left Opera I hadn’t settled on WordPress. I first spent months trialling many other sites such as Tumblt and the like, each having a preliminary page set up to see how it operated, and I settled on WordPress as it was simply the best of them all. The system is simple enough to quickly get the hang of, and deep enough that a little work can set up all manner of contingencies and personalisations.
So, hopefully I’ll see you guys over there before long.