Story of a Site Importing

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Phew! I have finally imported my site to WordPress. Earlier I was using a web template and pages I wrote from almost scratch. Well, maintaining a site is a huge task when you have to write each new page from scratch. As my old site was lately displaying a lot of server errors, I was looking for another option. I started tinkering with WordPress and felt like it suited my needs (well, almost). It was a difficult decision whether to make the jump or not. And then… I did it. It was a new beginning. Isaiah came to my mind.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
ISAIAH 43:18-19

There is an interesting story behind this change over.

The lyrics and chords formats demanded by WordPress was like this:

[C]Aaj ka din
Yaho[F]wa ne banaya [C]hai
[G]Hum [Dm]usm[G]e anandit [Em]ho
[G]Anandit [C]ho

But all my lyrics and chords files were in this format:

C
Aaj ka din
    F            C
Yahowa ne banaya hai
G   Dm G         Em
Hum usme anandit ho
G       C
Anandit ho

And this was a huge (very narrow) bottleneck. It would take me months, if not years, to convert my song files to what suited WordPress. If done manually. It was here that I almost dropped the idea of altering the site.

But wait. Could I find a code in the World Wide Web to do this for me? I was already using Notepad++ to do some impossible looking text editing. I googled my query. No, there was not a single code that would do my bidding. Then I found this site https://community.notepad-plus-plus.org/, a forum of Notepad++ coders and I mentioned my need there. And, one person who went with the username “Ekopalypse” responded. This person conjured up a python script. And, strangely enough, it worked! Now I could convert my files with a few clicks. Thanks, Ekopalypse!

[G]God will make a [D]way
Where there [C]seems to be no [D]way

All the data of the old site has now been imported. Now I can finally bask in my newly-found freedom of not having to write a web page from scratch. Thank you, God.

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