Drupal to WordPress Migration Best Practices

The process of migrating from Drupal to WordPress can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that can make the transition smoother and faster.

Step One: Export Content from Drupal

The first step in the migration process is to export content from Drupal into a format that can be imported into WordPress. This is done by using the “Backup and Migrate” module to create an export file. This will contain all of your content, including text, images, and other media.

Other methods you could consider using include:

  1. Features Module: The Features module allows you to export content from Drupal sites into code files. This is useful for when you need to deploy content across multiple Drupal sites.
  2. Drush: Drush is a command line tool for managing Drupal sites. It can be used for exporting content from Drupal sites into code files.
  3. Feeds Module: This module can be used to export content from Drupal sites into RSS or other feed formats.
  4. Views Data Export Module: This module allows you to export content from Drupal sites into CSV, TSV, or XLS files.
  5. Node Export Module: This module allows you to export content from Drupal sites into CSV or JSON files.

Step Two: Import Content into WordPress

Once the content is exported, it can be imported into WordPress using the “WordPress Importer” plugin. This plugin will allow you to select the export file created in the previous step and import it into WordPress.

Step Three: Configure WordPress

Before putting your new WordPress site online, you will want to configure it. This includes setting up hosting, installing plugins, and customizing the theme. Once the configuration is complete, you are ready to go live with your new WordPress site. If you have a high-traffic website or web application, you may want to consider working with a WordPress VIP Partner

Step Four: Redirect URLs

When you move from Drupal to WordPress, the URLs for your posts and pages will also change. To ensure that visitors to your old site are directed to the correct pages on your new one, you will need to set up 301 redirects. This is done by creating a “.htaccess” file which contains the necessary redirects.

Migrating from Drupal to WordPress can be a complex process, but by following these steps you can make the transition smoother and faster. By exporting content, importing it into WordPress, configuring the new site, and setting up 301 redirects, you can ensure that your new WordPress site is up and running quickly. It’s also a great time to consider a website redesign or even hire a branding agency to rethink your visual identity and messaging.

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