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Migrating Your Site From Joomla, Drupal To WordPress Part -2

The article is a second part in a two-part series of migrating your Joomla / Drupal site to WordPress.

Part 2 – Migrating Your Drupal Website To WordPress

Drupal To WordPress

Migrating from Drupal to WordPress, you do find it’s difficult on selection of plugins to choose from to let you simplifying the task. But in actual the whole process requires a lot more work on your part than migrating from other popular content management systems although if you follow the steps, then it would not be that much difficult for you.

If your Drupal site is small in size, then it would not be much a difficult task as it is easier to manually copy and paste the whole of content into WordPress. Remember, make sure you do keep a note of the URLs of each of page and keep the track of all internal links using a spreadsheet. With this article, I tried to put all the points required for migration from Drupal to WordPress.

  1. In order to get started, first create your WordPress installation in the same database in which you have your Drupal installed.
  2. Truncate the data in the WordPress tables and clone the taxonomies of categories you had in Drupal.
  3. Now clone the posts, which involve retrieving of data from all three base drupal tables.
  4. It’s time to fix all the images and files URLs in the posts. Images usually get stores in the upload folder in WordPress while Drupal stores them in its default/files/site folder.
  5. Fix the post URL now as Drupal stores the complete URL while with WordPress, only the last part stores.
  6. Count on relationships in the Drupal tables and store them in the WordPress table.
  7. Follow by this, update the category count and straightforward now migrate all the comments you have in your Drupal site.
  8. Once updated, don’t forget on to define the redirection rules which will forward all requests to the previous URLs of your Drupal posts to the new URLs of your WordPress.

Migrating Your Site From Joomla, Drupal To WordPress Part -1

With the way WordPress moving and with the way people loving it, there is no doubt that WordPress do hold a strong future of content management systems – then whether it would you would be running your current website on either of Joomla or Drupal – somehow, some way you do wish to move your website to WordPress platform. The migration process comes different from CMS to CMS. With this two part series, we are sharing the best WordPress migration tips with you with which you can easily migrate your website – which would be running currently on Joomla and Drupal – to WordPress.

Joomla FG - Main

Part 1 – Migrating Your Joomla Website To WordPress

Joomla is a very popular content management system which being used by a lot of people to manage and publish their website. While, Joomla is a good CMS but still not everyone want to stick with it for longer time, especially ever since WordPress comes into existence. Just like others, and since you are on this article, I am sure that you too would be looking out ways by which you do the migration safely. In this – the part 1 of two part series – I will share with you on how you can do the migration of your website from Joomla to WordPress.

  1. Starting with, you need to choose a web host and install WordPress on it. Once you have WordPress installed and running, go to the WordPress admin area and select install new plugin.
  2. Search for FG Joomla To WordPress plugin and once found, install and activate it.
  3. Once done with activating the plugin, go to Tools > Import, you will see a list of import tools available for your WordPress installation. There, click on Joomla FG from the list.
  4. Selecting this means now you have reached the Joomla Importer for WordPress page. Here, you have to provide your Joomla website and database information.
  5. Go to your Joomla website’s administration area – Global Configuration » Server tab – and from there you can get the database settings which you would be required for the purpose. You can also get the database information in configuration.php file in your Joomla website’s root folder.
  6. Once you done with providing database information, scroll to “Behavior.”
  7. In case, if you want to import your Joomla website media files, such as images, video to your WordPress website, then make sure that you have checked Force media import option.
  8. Last, but not the least, finally click on “Import content from Joomla to WordPress” button.
  9. Done by the entire step above, the plugin then will run a script and start importing your content from Joomla to WordPress. The turnaround time will depend totally as per the data you want to transfer.
  10. Now, since you have all your content with you on your WordPress website, it’s time to fix all broken internal links. This you can do by scrolling down to the bottom of the plugin importer page and click on Modify internal link button.

FG Joomla to WordPress – Plugin In Use

Free Features:

  • migrates Joomla sections as categories
  • migrates categories as sub-categories
  • migrates Joomla posts
  • uploads all the posts media in WP uploads directories (as an option)
  • uploads external media (as an option)
  • modifies the post content to keep the media links
  • resizes images according to the sizes defined in WP
  • defines the thumbnail to be the first post image
  • keeps the alt image attribute
  • modifies the internal links
  • migrates meta keywords as tags
  • can import Joomla posts as posts or pages

Premium Features:

  • migrates authors and other users
  • SEO: redirects Joomla URLs to the new WordPress URLs
  • compatible with Joomla 1.0 and Mambo 4.5 and 4.6 (process {mosimages} and {mospagebreak})
  • migrates Joomla 1.0 static articles as pages
  • migrates Joomla 2.5+ featured images

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Note: This is first part of two-part series of migrating your Joomla / Drupal website to WordPress. The second part of the series can be found here.

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