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Finally migrated to Mephisto

Big sigh of relief…

… and yes, everything went fine. Well, mostly. If something looks amiss, please use the brand new feedback page (thanks Rick!) to let me know. I’ve tried to redirect most existing urls to their new ones as Mephisto and Typo slightly differ on how they generate the permalink portion, but may have missed a few (so if you get an error page when something used to work, please do let me know!).

After much hesitation, and having dreaded the minutiae of the conversion, I’ve finally made it!

In fact it was the switch to a brand new VPS with a 1Gb of memory that was the trigger. Since I was reinstalling everything from scratch (more on that shortly), I figured now was the time to bite the bullet. And it went much easier than I expected :). I’ll try to put down some notes on some the pitfalls to avoid within a few days.

Suffice it to say that I’m quite happy with the result and this blog is now running with nginx (yeah!!!) and a cluster of mongrels on a fined tune gentoo vps (I’ve kept detailed notes that I will share soon).

I’ve also ported the Brighthouse theme by Richard White to Mephisto and will add it to the Mephisto Theme Gallery as soon as I get to clean it up and remove the nano RAILS specific stuff. In fact, I’m curious as to whether you would rather have the theme with AdSense and TextLinkAds: (aff) included, or maybe the ability to turn them on/off?

Also new is the Archives page, and hopefully the new error page will help people find what they were looking for.

  1. :) congrats on your moving.
    Also can’t wait for the Brighthouse theme port.
    As for your question, including the ads stuff would be great (even with no switch ability at first).

    oh and you missed the ”” on your TextlinkAds link. You may wanna correct this ;-)

  2. Thanks, Justin.

    Spyros, still planning on releasing, but I’ve been caught up in quite a few other projects.

  3. good job on the update. we’re running nginx and mephisto as well.
    Let me know when the theme is finally ported and available… it looks good!

  4. Thank you, David.

    I’m still planning on releasing the theme (really just cleanup of too specific stuff), but have been chewing on a few too many things lately, so please bare with me.

  5. Hi Pascal,

    Thanks so much for the Mephisto Theme Gallery. I just got my Slicehost VPS going and the first app I installed was Mephisto so the Theme Garden was a godsend!

    However, I am having a problem: every theme I download has a problem when I try importing it into Mephisto. I get the following error message every time:

    “Invalid theme uploaded: [ThemeError] No such file or directory – templates”

    I am running Mephisto Trunk and Rails edge REVISION=7472.

    I have searched for hours for a solution, but found none. I even sent a very nice email to Rick Olson at Activereload. He responded promptly, indicating that there were solutions on the mailing list and briefly illustrated the problem with offending themes.

    I went back and spent another 2 hours reading posts on the Google Groups mailing list, but cannot find the solutions that Rick alludes to. Instead, I found countless numbers of people with the same problem and no solution.

    I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can point me to a solution. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Thank you.

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