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Migrating to a New CMS

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Migrating Content Management SystemsAre you starting to outgrown your current web content management system or blogging platform? Migrating your website or blog to a new content management system can be an intimidating task, depending on how much content your current site has.  But no matter what the reason for the move (capability, cost, support, etc.), there are a few steps that you should ensure are handled carefully while performing the migration.  First things first:

Get Your Content

Whether this means getting into a database and downloading all of the previous content or posts, or copying the content manually, don’t shut the old site down until you have a copy of everything that you’ve done in the past. 

Grab Your Old Sitemap

You may be building a website from scratch, so a lot of these pages might not be getting transferred to the new system.  That’s okay, this step will make sense, I promise.

Set up New Pages/Posts

Within the new content management system, build out your website like its being built from scratch.  When naming pages, consider the SEO value of each page name (be descriptive, but to the point).  Copy the old blog posts into the new system and take note of how the URL is generated. (www.URL.com/blog/blog-post-title)

Set Up Redirects

This is probably the most important, and often times painstaking piece of migrating to a new CMS.  Each blog post from the old system should be set up as a redirect to the new URL. For instance, if your old blog created URLs like this: blog.URL.com/blog-post-title, but the new CMS creates them like this: www.URL.com/blog/blog-post-title, then you want to make sure you redirect the old URL to the new URL as to not lose any link value.  URLs from the old site (you grabbed that old sitemap, right?) should be setup as redirects to new, corresponding pages on the new site. 

Migrating systems can be a daunting task.  Have a plan before moving forward with any content migration to make sure each detail is preserved, and a whole bunch of 404’s aren’t created in the process.       



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PIPA and SOPA - My Letter to Congress

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I'm really not a big protestor but I do protest this legislation and I hope you will too. This will inevitably affect everyone who uses the Internet. Here's my letter to Senator Dan Coats, Senator Richard Lugar, and Representative Dan Burton. Look up your representatives and senators to send a clear message that you do not want this legislation to pass.

Representative/Senator _______,  I have a small business that provides a good living for many people. We are happy and we work very hard. Our business is not without its risk, though. We provide a system that allows users to create and update content on their website so they too can promote and market their own businesses and organizations. Many are for-profit and many are non-profit. They rely on their websites to help them grow new clients, maintain existing clients, and provide a service to their communities. Without their websites many would go out of business and many people would lose their jobs. 
 
The proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation is not without its merits but it is certainly without complete due diligence and support by most of the Internet community. This legislation does not provide the proper boundaries for large corporations and government regulators and will be abused. It will inevitably squash  many small companies, new companies, and even older established companies. Like I said, my company provides software that allows our users to update and create content on their websites. And since we provide this system we are at risk of being shutdown if one of our customers posts copyright protected content. Additionally, our customers are at risk if we are forced to shut them down because they have been accused of misusing protected content. Companies with large capital reserves could sustain a shutdown while the legalities are worked out but small companies like mine and those of my customers could survive only days or weeks fending off an attack from a well funded legal team. 
 
The legislation is not without its merits. I certainly don't want my copyrighted content and my hard work redistributed for others' gain. But this legislation is not the answer. We already have copyright laws in place. What SOPA and PIPA provide is an "EASY" switch for larger companies and government agencies to flip on and off as they wish, with little to no consideration for the families and lives affected at the other end. It has clear deficiencies and will most certainly be abused.
 
Please vote NO to SOPA and PIPA legislation so we can continue innovating and rebuilding America's new foundation.

More Resources

 from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet

SOPA Bad for the Internet, Bad for America

Wikipedia Blackout

All About PIPA and SOPA, the Bills That Want to Censor Your Internet

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