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Migrating from Joomla to WordPress

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.


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.


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