Gizmos and Whatnots / Just Because

Migrating from Joomla to WordPress

When I decided to set up a web presence, a web site was my first port of call. I decided on Joomla as a content management system mostly because I thought it looked fairly logical. Or rather, similar in logic to how websites used to be design in terms of its terminology. And it is. But I had not factored in the need to be familiar with code and databases, which is a skill I have neglected soon as I fled that class on Cold Fusion in web design. So, after about a year I was forced to admit I would be much more comfortable with WordPress. Joomla is fine if you know your way round html and your requirements are quite sophisticated but for what I needed, it just took up too much time.

Trouble is, to migrate content from one content management system to another is no straightforward. Sure, there are plugins aplenty. The one I used is called FG Joomla to WordPress and it does the job well enough. My real problem was figuring out the settings. After umpteen emails between the good people at DreamHost (DH), a kind friend and myself, the plugin did its trick and most of the content was ‘moved’. It still took some fiddling but the support staff at DH were very patient with me, so I can recommend them if you’re looking to set up a self-hosted blog or site.

It still took me a while to rearrange my pages and categories to accommodate the changeover from a website to a blog but overall, I think the blog works better now and I have hopefully, a space I can use that won’t require too much maintenance. I am resolved to create content more regularly and use the blog even more. Here’s to another year and another change.

I'm a research fellow at an Australian university where I work on a number of projects. These include projects to do with new media and migration and the Chinese diaspora in Australia, projects on the Malaysian internet, ethno-religious issues in Singapore and Malaysia. And, before I forget many of the photos I use on this site were taken by my sister, Jessie and myself. All rights are reserved.