Migrating from Joomla to WordPress

Written: February 20, 2014

A few weeks back author Roland Smith referred another author Peg Kehret to me for a web site remodel project. I spoke to Peg by phone and discovered what she wanted to be done:

  1. Her present site was built with Joomla and it was hard to make updates to her web site.
  2. She had an older WordPress blog.
  3. She wanted to keep her blogs from Joomla, and page content.

I recommended that we continue using WordPress, because it is the number one Content Management System (CMS) in the world, is Open Source, has been around for 10 years, and is easy to use and learn. With that in place, I set about to migrate all of that Joomla blog info into WordPress, and in a few minutes I located a free plugin to do all of that work for me.

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That plugin allowed me to import hundreds of Joomla blogs into WordPress, very nice. Next, I looked for a responsive theme that would work well on the desktop, tablet and mobile devices. I found a theme called Expound and added a custom logo.

The logo in the Header area is a real bookshelf that showcases all of Peg’s work so far.

I knew that we wanted each page to have one, two or three columns, so I found a handy plugin that supported multiple columns. Now her new Home page uses three columns.

Two of her pages make use of photo galleries, so I used the handy JetPack plugin to add this visual feature.

On the Contact page I needed a form, so my favored plugin called Contact Form 7 was used.

I created a 25 page Web User Guide so that Peg would understand how to update her own web site, then we followed up by phone yesterday to review each page of the Web User Guide while I remotely controlled her desktop using TeamViewer. Now Peg is more comfortable with keeping her own web site updated.

 

New Facebook App called Paper

Written: February 9, 2014

Last week I read glowing news about this new App from Facebook called Paper that was somehow supposed to change my life for the better. Time newspaper called Paper, “The Future of Facebook”. Here’s what Paper looks like on an iPhone:

So Paper has a vertical orientation and lets you scroll through Facebook news in the bottom half by swiping left or right. On the top are major news categories that you can scroll through, which then changes the articles that show in the bottom half. Facebook has pre-defined news categories for you to choose from, however you cannot add your own personal categories which is a huge limitation for me.

Being curious, I downloaded the app to my iPad3 and was instantly shocked that this app only works in the vertical orientation, not at all in the landscape orientation which I use my iPad for 100% of the time. So Paper is worthless to me on the iPad, end of story, epic design fail for Facebook:

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It’s really difficult for me to imagine an App being released in 2014 by a major technology company that is limited to vertical orientation only.

A Trademark lawsuit has already been filed by FiftyThree against Facebook for using the name “Paper”. Not only did Facebook fail on the app orientation, they lacked enough creativity in naming the crippled app.

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50GB of Free Cloud Storage, Sweet

Written: February 6, 2014

My social media and real friend Kevin Ferrasci O’Malley sent me an email this morning about this cloud storage company called Box, so I gave it a try on my iPad by downloading their special free App. Sure enough, I now have a new account all setup with 50GB of free cloud storage.

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The concept reminds me of what I already use for cloud storage with:

Here’s the promotional link to get your 50GB of free cloud storage for iPad or iPhone devices.

Long live free cloud storage.

I think that companies like Box will make money when we all get hooked on the storage concept, and then go over our 50GB limit and start to pay a monthly fee. So far, I’m quite happy with my multiple free storage accounts.

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Photographers United

Written: February 1, 2014

Several years ago I developed a web site for the Portland Metropolitan Photographer’s Association (PMPA), at first using a custom Content Management System (CMS), then a few years ago I migrated it to the WordPress platform. Using WordPress means that the volunteers that run the association can login and update the site, manage the membership, send out email, count up merit points, schedule events, blog, etc. There’s another photography association in town called the Professional Photographers of Oregon (PPO), and they recently decided to merge with the PMPA.

Now the challenge was to import all of the membership information from PPO into the PMPA system automatically, so that there wouldn’t be any manual re-typing. I just finished up the work today, and now the united photography association has a single place where the public can visit to find a professional photographer; and the members can network, find events, update their profile, send out email, and add up their merit points which lead to an official title in photography as recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Using an online approach to membership management saves the volunteers hours of work, and lets them concentrate on improving their craft through education and networking.

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