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  • Best Practices for Migrating a Legacy-Based CMS to Drupal
    Paul Chason
    Managing Partner
    Mediacurrent
    Bryan House
    Marketing Director
    Acquia
  • © 2009 Acquia, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Agenda
    Introduction
    Preparing to migrate legacy content
    Understanding Drupal concepts
    Importing content into Drupal
    Case study – In-Fisherman.com
    How Acquia can help
    Questions
  • Drupal Gaining Market Momentum
  • Social Publishing Software =>Participation-Driven Websites
    social
    networks
    blogs /
    wikis
    forums /
    comments
    content
    workflow
    taxonomy
    analytics
    search
    RSS
    ratings
    tagging
    users
    Social
    Publishing
    Systems
    Content
    Mgmt
    Systems
    Social
    Software
    Tools
  • Drupal & ROI
    Reduce costs
    Zero $$ software licensing
    Reduced maintenance costs
    Deploy websites faster
    Modular architecture
    Configurable, not custom
    Repeatable infrastructure
    Multisite support
    Turnkey site deployment
  • © 2009 Acquia, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Mediacurrent
    Paul Chason
    Managing Director, Mediacurrent
  • Mediacurrent Company Overview
  • Mediacurrent Company Overview
    Atlanta, GA based web consultancy exclusively focused in Drupal
  • Mediacurrent Company Overview
    Atlanta, GA based web consultancy exclusively focused in Drupal
    Full-service Drupal provider – front and back end development; specialize in enterprise level Drupal implementations
  • Mediacurrent Company Overview
    Atlanta, GA based web consultancy exclusively focused in Drupal
    Full-service Drupal provider – front and back end development; specialize in enterprise level Drupal implementations
    Acquia Gold Development Partner
  • Mediacurrent Company Overview
    Atlanta, GA based web consultancy exclusively focused in Drupal
    Full-service Drupal provider – front and back end development; specialize in enterprise level Drupal implementations
    Acquia Gold Development Partner
  • Define Drupal Site Requirements
  • Define Drupal Site Requirements
    Determine how your users will interact with the legacy data on the new site
  • Define Drupal Site Requirements
    Determine how your users will interact with the legacy data on the new site
    Is there any legacy data that can be leveraged to create new content? Example: using an address record to populate a Google Map
  • Define Drupal Site Requirements
    Determine how your users will interact with the legacy data on the new site
    Is there any legacy data that can be leveraged to create new content? Example: using an address record to populate a Google Map
    Will content need to be re-categorized in the new site?
  • Sizing Up Legacy Content
  • Sizing Up Legacy Content
    Where does your content “live” and what format is it in?
  • Sizing Up Legacy Content
    Where does your content “live” and what format is it in?
    Determine which parts of legacy content will be used on the new site and what new meta data will possibly need to be added during the export
  • Prepare Content Export
  • Prepare Content Export
    Generate CSV file containing legacy content data (most Drupal contributed modules have CSV support)
  • Prepare Content Export
    Generate CSV file containing legacy content data (most Drupal contributed modules have CSV support)
    Make sure steps to generate CSV file are well-documented, especially if making complex data transformations in the export logic
  • Drupal Content Basics
  • Drupal Content Basics
    A “node” in Drupal is the general term for describing a unit of content. A node can be a story, blog post or page for example.
  • Drupal Content Basics
    A “node” in Drupal is the general term for describing a unit of content. A node can be a story, blog post or page for example.
    A “content type” is a collection of fields that make up a node. Nodes can have one or more data fields and the content type serves as a container for those fields.
  • Drupal Content Basics
    Content Type
    Node
    Title field
  • How is Legacy Content Stored in Drupal?
  • How is Legacy Content Stored in Drupal?
    Imported data is matched to a specific content type by way of a Drupal module or custom PHP / MySQL scripts
  • How is Legacy Content Stored in Drupal?
    Imported data is matched to a specific content type by way of a Drupal module or custom PHP / MySQL scripts
    Legacy content fields map to various content types’ fields such as text, numbers, checkboxes / radio button groups, categories, images, etc.
  • How is Legacy Content Stored in Drupal?
    Imported data is matched to a specific content type by way of a Drupal module or custom PHP / MySQL scripts
    Legacy content fields map to various content types’ fields such as text, numbers, checkboxes / radio button groups, categories, images, etc.
    Each row of the CSV export file becomes a node in Drupal’s database
  • Methods for Importing Content to Drupal
  • Methods for Importing Content to Drupal
    Drupal contributed modules such as Node Import, Migrate and Transformations. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/21338 for comparison of various Drupal data export/import modules
  • Methods for Importing Content to Drupal
    Drupal contributed modules such as Node Import, Migrate and Transformations. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/21338 for comparison of various Drupal data export/import modules
    Custom PHP scripts (it’s possible to bootstrap just the database layer of Drupal to cut down on the code required) or custom Drupal modules
  • Methods for Importing Content to Drupal
    Drupal contributed modules such as Node Import, Migrate and Transformations. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/21338 for comparison of various Drupal data export/import modules
    Custom PHP scripts (it’s possible to bootstrap just the database layer of Drupal to cut down on the code required) or custom Drupal modules
    Custom MySQL scripts for database to database migration
  • Advantages of Migrating to Open-Source Drupal at the Enterprise Level
  • Advantages of Migrating to Open-Source Drupal at the Enterprise Level
    Scalable
  • Advantages of Migrating to Open-Source Drupal at the Enterprise Level
    Scalable
    Social networking feature-rich
  • Advantages of Migrating to Open-Source Drupal at the Enterprise Level
    Scalable
    Social networking feature-rich
    Flexible,
    easy to customize
  • Advantages of Migrating to Open-Source Drupal at the Enterprise Level
    $
    Scalable
    Social networking feature-rich
    Flexible,
    easy to customize
    Lower total cost of ownership
  • Case Study: In-Fisherman.com
  • Case Study: In-Fisherman.com
    Complements the print magazine In-fisherman
  • Case Study: In-Fisherman.com
    Complements the print magazine In-fisherman
    Initially built with proprietary CMS
  • Case Study: In-Fisherman.com
    Complements the print magazine In-fisherman
    Initially built with proprietary CMS
    Averages 67,789 user visits, 266,379 page visits, and an average of 4:1 page visits/user visits per month
  • Why Did In-Fisherman.com Choose Drupal?
  • Why Did In-Fisherman.com Choose Drupal?
    Multi-site / multi-database capability
  • Why Did In-Fisherman.com Choose Drupal?
    Multi-site / multi-database capability
    Ability to run forums (forum module) and website on same platform with single sign-on capability
  • Why Did In-Fisherman.com Choose Drupal?
    Multi-site / multi-database capability
    Ability to run forums (forum module) and website on same platform with single sign-on capability
    Built-in social networking features offering commenting, tagging and user generated content
  • Why Did In-Fisherman.com Choose Drupal?
    Multi-site / multi-database capability
    Ability to run forums (forum module) and website on same platform with single sign-on capability
    Built-in social networking features offering commenting, tagging and user generated content
    Active development community
  • Lessons Learned from In-Fisherman.com
  • Lessons Learned from In-Fisherman.com
    Challenge
    Migrate 1500+ articles from Filemaker Pro database to
    Drupal 6 for In-Fisherman.com redesign
  • Obstacles
  • Obstacles
    Filemaker Pro only exported XML data, needed to transform data to CSV format
  • Obstacles
    Filemaker Pro only exported XML data, needed to transform data to CSV format
    Image files stored in disparate file system with no URL pointer stored in Filemaker Pro
  • Obstacles
    Filemaker Pro only exported XML data, needed to transform data to CSV format
    Image files stored in disparate file system with no URL pointer stored in Filemaker Pro
    Compromised data integrity
  • Obstacles
    Filemaker Pro only exported XML data, needed to transform data to CSV format
    Image files stored in disparate file system with no URL pointer stored in Filemaker Pro
    Compromised data integrity
  • Solution
  • Solution
    Transform XML content to CSV format with custom PHP script
  • Solution
    Transform XML content to CSV format with custom PHP script
    Insert Drupal image filepath during transformation and transfer image files via FTP to application server
  • Solution
    Customize Node Import module to handle importing CSV records into Drupal
  • Drupal’s Impact on In-Fisherman.com
  • Drupal’s Impact on In-Fisherman.com
    Flexible web platform offering ability to easily add new features without compromising core business logic
  • Drupal’s Impact on In-Fisherman.com
    Flexible web platform offering ability to easily add new features without compromising core business logic
    Faster page loads
  • Drupal’s Impact on In-Fisherman.com
    Flexible web platform offering ability to easily add new features without compromising core business logic
    Faster page loads
    Better SEO strategy: SEO-friendly URL’s via the Pathauto module, HTML title and meta-tag control at the article level
  • Drupal’s Impact on In-Fisherman.com
    Flexible web platform offering ability to easily add new features without compromising core business logic
    Faster page loads
    Better SEO strategy: SEO-friendly URL’s via the Pathauto module, HTML title and meta-tag control at the article level
    Biggest ROI: no enterprise-level licensing fees
  • Keys to a Successful Import
  • Keys to a Successful Import
    Ensure all project stakeholders are familiar with the structure of the legacy content and its intended use on the new site
  • Keys to a Successful Import
    Ensure all project stakeholders are familiar with the structure of the legacy content and its intended use on the new site
    Run several “test” imports
  • Keys to a Successful Import
    Ensure all project stakeholders are familiar with the structure of the legacy content and its intended use on the new site
    Run several “test” imports
    Make sure a Drupal consultant is available during the final import
  • Keys to a Successful Import
    Ensure all project stakeholders are familiar with the structure of the legacy content and its intended use on the new site
    Run several “test” imports
    Make sure a Drupal consultant is available during the final import
    Break down content migration tasks into small manageable steps
  • Keys to a Successful Import
    Ensure all project stakeholders are familiar with the structure of the legacy content and its intended use on the new site
    Run several “test” imports
    Make sure a Drupal consultant is available during the final import
    Break down content migration tasks into small manageable steps
    Document what works along the way
  • Interested in Migrating Your Current CMS to Drupal?
  • Interested in Migrating Your Current CMS to Drupal?
    Contact Mediacurrent at www.mediacurrent.com/contact to schedule a discovery call!
  • Interested in Migrating Your Current CMS to Drupal?
    Contact Mediacurrent at www.mediacurrent.com/contact to schedule a discovery call!
    For help on how to build an enterprise-level website with Drupal, go to
    www.mediacurrent.com/download-white-paper
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    ...Where do we start?
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  • Benefits of Using Drupal CMS
    Accomplish more with less
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    Engage your audience
  • © 2009 Acquia, Inc. All rights reserved.
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