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Considering a Move from Drupal to WordPress

For those of you who know anything about the software that runs sites like this, things can get pretty complicated after a few years – kinda like a car that just needs a good tune-up.

The software that currently runs the site, Drupal, is a massive overkill for this site. When I started I wasn’t sure where I was going with the whole blog thing, so I looked for the most flexible software out there. Drupal was and still is that. But now that things are in a pretty good groove, the majority of activity on this site is straight forward blogging, and WordPress handles that very nicely.

There are a number of tricks to making the move, and I’m not sure I’ve got them all figured out yet, but I’ve tested the process once on a test site without blowing anything up (and it even looks like all of the links are retained, (a big deal when Google has index over 500 of my pages).

There’s definitely things that I still need to clean up before the move, so it won’t be for a couple of days (at least). It’s not something I’m keen to jump straight into, and there will be lots of backing up going on!

If it all works out, I’ll post the process here, cause it’s always good to share the things that work, so the next person doesn’t give up trying for lack of information.

It is complete now, see [post=”urbanworkbench-on-wordpress”].

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

3 thoughts on “Considering a Move from Drupal to WordPress

  1. Having been in this position before I can relate to what you are saying. Drupal does have the flexibility, but for blogging there is nothing (in my opinion) that matches wordpress.

    @ Ber – If you are looking for ‘solid arguments’ simply give the latest version of wordpress a go. The user interface really is awesome. When I come to write a blog post its such a pleasure to boot up the wordpress interface, check my dashboard for recent comments etc. The auto updater/installer also is a joy and it makes maintenance of my blogs next to nothing.

    It really is a testament to the open source model as WP is nicer and has far more optional modules than any piece of software that I pay for.

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