So you’ve decided it’s time to move off your CMS. Maybe you weren’t getting all the flexibility you wanted out of your current platform or perhaps your site was built on a legacy platform that is no longer supporting its customers. Whatever the reason, moving to a new CMS can be a tedious journey, but done correctly, can pay off in big ways. However, along this journey, one giant roadblock every company comes up against is content migration.
Content migration is more often than not, the most underestimated portion of a CMS re-platform project. This is because many see it as a simple copy and paste procedure. The truth is, content migration is a misleading term. Wikipedia says that “Content Migraiton is the process of moving information stored on a Web content management system.” Your site has more than just content, it has information. Information including templates, links, navigation, workflows, users, and more; hence the process of ‘content migration’ usually taking much longer than originally anticipated.
More often than not, the content migration process is handled manually, but there are tools available on the market to automate this time-consuming process. However, some of these automation solutions simply scrape the surface of your site, leaving you to mass amounts of clean-up after. At Oshyn, we continually ran into the issue of content migration putting the project timeline (or costs) over budget so we use an automated migration solution: Siteport™.
Siteport plugs into the API of your current CMS and your new CMS to give you a complete migration of templates, content, users, site components, workflows and more. Siteport can cut weeks to months of manual work out of a content migration project. With Siteport, clients have seen their project timelines reduced by 90% at a quarter of the costs.
This is part one of a three-part series on automated content migration. Stayed tuned for parts two and three about CMS upgrades and website redesigns.