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WordPress to ImpressCMS – Cleaning up the source content

A first step in any migration is to clean up your entry data. That doesn’t change when moving from WordPress to ImpressCMS.

Cleaning up your content can be done in several ways : removing old or no longer relevant posts (news items get old soon, and Google doesnt like stale news items), looking into content types that perhaps no longer need to be on the new site, and cleanng up your tags and menu structures.

It depends mainly on your content, so it is difficult to automate this step. However, if done correctly at the beginning of a migration, this step can make the difference between success and failure in the end.

Migrating WordPress to ImpressCMS

migrate wordpress to impresscmsOne of the big sayings in open source is to ‘eat your own dogfood’, meaning that you need to use the tools you develop also yourself on a daily basis.

It’s the only way you can get a good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your solution, by putting you in the position of the end-user.

I have been a sinner in that regard, by using WordPress for my personal blog instead of my own project ImpressCMS. That is something I intend to set straight in the near future by migrating from WordPress to ImpressCMS, and documenting the process step by step.

WordPress plugins get stamp of approval

It simply had to happen, with more than 6000 plugins on the official Extend site: the WordPress main developers are considering a way to lead the users of the popular blogging platform to the best-in-class plugins.

The plugins would be developed by the community, but there will be a specific category indicating that they are considered best-in-class, and that the compatibility with a new release is guaranteed.

The risk with this type of presentation is that the users will limit themselves to those best-in-class plugins, and that many developers Continue reading WordPress plugins get stamp of approval

WordPress 2.7

A new major release of WordPress, now at version 2.7, has been released. The visitors of your site won’t see much difference (maybe the slight speed improvement while building the pages), but the people using the administrator interface will certainly notice that nothing has remained the same.
Not only has the admin interface changed from a horizontal list of links under the header to some sort of menu on the left-hand of the interface, you also have a better overview of what is going on. The developers (and especially the theme developers) really outdid themselves here in putting as much on the screen while still keeping it readable and reasonably clean.

Building an art website in Xoops

It must have been one of those days…

It was one of those days I must have felt a bit overconfident. When you read why I think so, I’m sure you’ll all agree. Surfing on the forums of the GarageGames web site, I came across some posts by artists that wanted to share their work with the world. To do that, they were using free hosting sites, among them GeoCities, that impose restrictions on the daily amount of data your site sends over the network. I can understand the GeoCities decision, as they don’t want to host half of the world’s pirated software on free sites. Limiting the distribution of files in this way is a very efficient way for GeoCities, but it kind of limits the usefulness of the service for people wanting to distribute their assets.

I recently changed hosting company, and they provide me with next to unlimited storage space, and tens of gigabytes of data traffic each month. At the moment, my usage doesn’t even come up to 0,1 percent. One could state I still have some capacity left. So, I decided to contact some people and propose them to host their files, and to build a site around it. I figured it would take me a few hours and I would be done.

Oh boy, was I wrong…

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