Over a year ago, I migrated nick.pro from WordPress over to Drupal. I did this so that I could experiment with Drupal more, thinking I could make a more robust site if I did so. Unfortunately, while Drupal is a fantastic, flexible platform for web development, it is simply not efficient as a blogging tool.
Drupal was so cumbersome to use as a blogging tool that I ended up stopping blogging altogether. So for the first time in years of migrating this blog around and around, I’m reverting it back to a previous home on wordpress.
In the last year wordpress has come a long way, with lots of great new features that makes blogging even simpler then it was before.
I in no way mean to bash drupal, it’s still far and away the best CMS system out there for developing complex sites, but for a blog… it’s good to be home. My hope with this migration back to WordPress is that it will lite a fire under me to blog again. No more can I shirk my blogging responsibilities with the whine that writing a post in drupal is just too much work.
I have successfully migrated the nick.pro site from the WordPress blog that it has been for ages, into Drupal. This is perhaps the most unusual migration of this blog (and I’ve moved this blog several times now), in that I don’t actually consider Drupal to be a better blogging software then WordPress, in fact, I find WordPress to be the absolute best blogging software available today. However I’ve long wanted nick.pro to be something more then just a blog, I’ve wanted it to be a whole site showcasing what I’m up to online and off, and Drupal is a far better CMS platform for a more robust site then just a blog.
While Drupal works fine as a blog, where it really shines is in it’s flexibility. There are Third Party Modules available to do almost anything you can imagine, and for those things you can’t imagine, it’s a robust php framework for coding my own modules to do even more incredible things.
For the moment, all I’ve accomplished is migrating my old blog content, making sure all of the URLs redirect correctly, and adding an activity stream to show my recent activity on various online sites (twitter, digg, youtube, and flickr to start, more to come).
This is far from the first time I have migrated my blog. Stay tuned after the break for a brief glimpse of how this site has progressed from “Cap’s Log” on Movable Type 2, to Nick.pro running on Drupal today.
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