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a few things i've learned from my blog copy/pasting backup adventures

I actually had to redo my copy/paste of all my blog stuff because of certain things that screwed things up. Even though this is specifically for WordPress users, if you have another blog that has similar "features", you'll find this info useful also.

<!--more--> and <!--nextpage-->

What more does is make your blog post into what's called an "extended entry". When in WordPress if you do an article like this:

Blah blah content content blah blah

<!--more-->

More blah blah content blah blah

...the end result is that when the post is published to your front page, anything after more requires a click to get there, such some linked text that says 'click here to read the rest of this article'.

What nextpage does is divide your article into clickable pages, such as:

Blah blah content

<!--nextpage-->

Page 2 blah blah content

<!--nextpage-->

Page 3 blah blah content

The difference between more and nextpage is that nextpage is always there. Whether viewing the post on the home page or on the article's page itself, the pages are always separated. Like with more, linked text is generated at the bottom with number values to each page, such as "Page 1, Page 2, Page 3" and so on for however many pages you defined.

Other blog platforms do similar functions but have different names for it. LiveJournal's way of 'snipping' sections into clickable areas is called an lj-cut or just cut for short.

From a web browser perspective, both more and nextpage are cool features, but when trying to copy/paste an article for backup? Absolute nightmare. All you want is all the text in plain sight, but whenever you purposely have it in different areas, you have to manually click through to all those places just to copy/paste.

I was, fortunately, able to perform global searches for more and nextpage and get rid of them all for proper copy/pasting, but still, the fact I had to do it just sucked.

This really made me realize that breaking articles into separate sections is just plain evil when you want to backup your stuff - that is unless you actually had the document inside a true document editor before you posted to the web, but who does that? People compose, publish and finalize blog content all on the web.

What I have to do from this point forward is remember not to break up posts into separate sections no matter how long it is. If it's a really long-ass post, the best thing to do is to write completely separate posts like a "part 1", "part 2", etc. and always do that, else I'll end up having to fish out content on my own frickin' blog just to do copy/paste backups in the future.

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