Content migration is one of the most essential, yet resource intensive endeavors we will make in a website redevelopment.
It takes deep analytical planning to ensure content is current and matches the renewed content strategy. At the same time, great technical expertise is needed to transfer the content from point A to point B in an orderly and efficient manner. Luckily at KWALL, we have both sets of experts under one roof.
Depending on the volume of legacy content and your internal team’s willingness to get their hands dirty in review and rewriting of content, the extent to which you need our help varies. However, the general process remains the same.
KWALL has an internally authored automated script that we use for our migration needs. Having completed migrations of up to 100,000 pieces of content before, this script has been refined to even the most demanding of needs. In the migration phase of our process we map out all of your content, make tweaks to our script and run a batch process to populate the new database.
Just because the content made it to the new database, doesn’t mean it’s ready for prime time. There’s a need to review the content types and schema to ensure that all the content is properly aligned with the desired future content architecture.
The most time intensive portion of our process. In the content cleanup phase we review the output of content on the front end of the site to verify that each page inherits the styles of the new theme. Unfortunately, this is never 100% true for every page of the site. Elements such as headers and tables may still be outputting in hard-coded legacy styles. Images and other associated content may not output or link properly. Which means we have to go in and manually style and format this content prior to launch.