Content migration is one of the critical steps when you decide to update your website. Updating the website can occur for various reasons. You might be upgrading to a newer version of the existent platform or shifting to a new CMS like migrating from Ektron to Episerver. No matter which option you are exploring, in order to get your website launched conveniently, you will need to know the stages involved and scope of the content migration venture.
Migrating the content can either be done using automatic or manual method. Listed below are the pros and cons of both the methods.
Automatic Content Migration
In this method, you will use pre-built tool or developer’s script for moving the content. There are two ways to do this:
Every automatic migration process is divided into three stages: extraction, transformation and loading. The data is extracted from one source and then transformed into a format which can sync with the destination. Following this, the data is loaded into the new platform. You can tag the maps and map the URLs post-migration.
Manual Content Migration
In this method, a company team is allotted to copy-and-paste site content from one platform to the other. They will have to manually upload the images and update the navigational links.
What is best for your company?
The choice you make will hugely depend on the complexity of your website, the amount of pages and their design. The best option would be to automate the migration of some pages and sections while others can be migrated manually.
Some tasks that can definitely be left to automation: translation into valid XHTML, removing extra page info, handling links in between content, positioning content according to rules, automated tagging, shifting to a new DB scheme and alterations for using new CSS.
Here are certain sections which you should definitely handle manually: editorial changes, site behavior, content scheme, management of products and training.
Have a great CMS migration!