Changing Platforms – Migrating CMS from Joomla to WordPress

The time had come – we just weren’t connecting any more – for a number of reasons it was time to move on.  Our business and life had changed and I hadn’t written for many months – the site had been neglected and needed a revamp.  The biggest driver was the need for responsive mobile rendering and the fact that many clients had already migrated.  I also needed something simpler to manage and also integrate more freely with some other technology I’ve been working with.

Hugh MacLead's Squiggly Line

The Squiggly Line

The decision made to look to migrate from Joomla to WordPress was not something taken lightly – so much content to transfers and a new platform to learn.

A search on the web and I find a CMS2CMS conversion service  – for about $50 they will migrate your data.  In one word “brilliant!”.  A few little hassles moving folders (great level of support) and the posts moved across fine.  A couple of days later (between a hundred other jobs) I’m now writing this post.

Don’t get me wrong there’s still a lot of work to do (and not in any particular order).

  • SEO friendly URL’s
  • Google Analytics
  • Menu structure
  • Categories
  • Overarching website plan – why are we doing it?  (that’s a post for later)
  • Marketing – taglines, new logo?
  • Workflows (finding, writing, publishing and sharing)
  • RSS feeds

You could plan it to the n’th degree but sometimes all you need is to know the general direction you want to travel – it might not be a straight road but the detail will look after itself as you go.

Hmmm, I need a relevant GapingVoid image to represent this pearl of wisdom (self effacing joke) – where’s the squiggly line one I ask myself?

Note:  Things I already like about WordPress – I just noticed it automatically saves a draft of the post I’m writing.  No more lost posts 🙂

From an overarching “why are we doing it?” my thoughts are leaning towards a blog of my daily/ weekly web travels – campaigns I see, new technology developments, insights that might seem relevant.

Til next time.