New Blog Host Adopted

As the future of remains bleak, I have been forced to seek alternative hosting locations. provides free hosting for blogs powered by WordPress, and I have chosen to use it as a temporary host while I wait for the outcome of‘s acquisition. provides a decent service to the occasional blogger who has no intention of hosting their own site. I personally felt very much at home after successfully importing posts from the Habari-based Of course, as wasn’t a self-hosted solution to the issue, I was limited to whatever functionality the blog was permitted to exhibit by the WordPress team. (read: no additional plugins allowed)

The transition from Habari to WordPress was not a straightforward process, however. In order to export all of Habari’s posts to a format recognised by, I had to host a WordPress blog on where I could create the appropriate MySQL tables for WordPress. does not provide direct MySQL access for its members, and this effectively prevents the Habari->Wordpress script from working.

Regardless, once I had exported data to the WordPress, I was then able to produce a WordPress->WordPress export file to be imported into

It was a tedious process, but it saved me a lot of time in transferring content onto the new blog.

In order to redirect users to my new blog, and to properly block search bots from accessing the domain (e.g. Google), I created the following two files in‘s root directory:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]


User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Of course, these two files will be obliterated once the merger is officially complete.

NB: Interestingly, my final login to showed new mail in my mailbox - where I had never received e-mail in the past. There was a total of 10 e-mails, and all of them were spam. I suppose it was someone’s last ditched effort to generate some income from members - which was kind of lame. As the account effectively expires on the 1st July, this desperate attempt seemed rather stupid.