Thoughts on whether worth the move from Joomla to Drupal.
I've had an email from someone asking me if it's worth migrating a Joomla 1.0 site to Joomla! 1.5 or – as I've done with a couple of sites, including this – to Drupal. (This site's Drupal 6; Drupal 5 remains current, too.) My reply:
I'd become more disenchanted w Joomla; built a Drupal site last year, and liked Drupal, inc the taxonomy – free tagging is the kind of thing you might like, so can assign keywords to articles, and Drupal readily gathers them.
– some irony here, as when I first learned of content management systems, I was told of Drupal: but looked at the site and found it baffling, what with "nodes" and so forth. I looked around, found Mambo, which seemed instantly more appealing, tried this and liked it, later moving to Joomla, but then thinking hmmm…. – and finding newer versions of Drupal looked far friendlier to my eyes.
Joomla more re money for this, money for that; being nickel n dimed to death noted one post I saw.
Also, I gained impression Joomla developers not so interested in actual websites; I did a few posts re URLs (human and search engine friendly and, importantly, not changing as upgrade software etc), but not getting much in way of good responses. One developer even wrote that SEO is unimportant: ludicrous.
Joomla the best cms for sites about Joomla….
Drupal more open source spirit, more unified: for instance, update status checks on whether modules etc, as well as core, updated.
Also, tho can be geeky, seems Drupal more about websites. List of sites using it is impressive; I also saw IBM cited Drupal in an article about using open source software to build website.
I'd long wondered re Drupal move, thought it too hard. Finally tried to J1.5, conversion didn't work (I found what may have been answer in a forum, but wasn't impressed the conversion failed, months n months after J1.5 came out); and looked at Drupal again – happily, was a new module for move to Drupal 6; since then, another out to D 5. Don't move Fireboard; that was longer move, but worked (via SMF and phpBB; I opted for drupal forum, as content then part of warp n weave of site, even tho not all forum functions present – is some work being done on better forum, and I don't yet have flatforum module). I've posted some guff re this on Drupal site.
Quick look at your site, and members might be tough, without code to move the details as well as names and emails (which do get transferred). Tho I think there's Drupal module re members import that may help; dunno if would suit your needs.
You might look at, say, www,hkoutdoors.com – inc the "site index" link at top, "category browser" on left – both are to auto generated pages, leading to content. In index, say, notice the Free Tags index page, which to me impressive, albeit I need to tidy up various tags. Many of these free tags were from "keywords" meta tags in Joomla site.)
Menus at left, below adsense, also auto generated, using Views module: this is a bit mind boggling, but powerful, for "juggling" content in all manner of ways – could be basic lists, or collections of whole articles of certain type etc etc etc.
My site pretty simple; on Drupal site, can see info on more sites, inc recent info re one on old planes that looks magnificent (but huge amount of work by expert Drupal geek!)
Also, I'm now using multi-site feature of Drupal; this morn updated Drupal for six sites – just had to upload the software once, then run update script for each site.
Might even be useful to try migrations to both J1.5 and Drupal, esp if can do on local machine, and just have quick play around.
Over long term, could be time well spent.
– Yet, with Drupal 7 and Drupal 8: seems upgrades from Drupal 6 are challenging.
Maybe Drupal is becoming more for larger operations.
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