Response.Redirect and 302 and 301 status codes

If you use Response.Redirect to direct users to a new location, you should be aware that it issues a status code of 302, which means that “the resource resides temporarily under a different URI.” If you intend to communicate that the resource has permanently changed locations, you should not use Response.Redirect. This is important for search engines and other crawlers that might need to know the definitive url.

To send a 301 redirect:

Response.Status = "301 Moved Permanently";
Response.StatusCode = 301;
Response.AddHeader("Location", url);

Update: ASP.Net 4.0 ads a Response.RedirectPermanent() method.

SQL script to migrate from Movable Type to WordPress

While trying to migrate a large blog from Movable Type to WordPress, I found the built-in export and import functionality unable to handle volume of content on the blog or to properly preserve the primary keys needed for permalinks.

With assistance from Alvaro on the MisesDev list, we came up with the following MySql SQL script to import the entries directly from the Movable Type (5.01) database to WordPress (2.9.2). What would take many hours otherwise can be done in a minute or two. This is especially important if you don’t want to lose data during the time it takes to migrate the blog, as the script can be run immediately before the switch. This script also includes additional stuff like IP addresses and url-friendly names.
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