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Should I Move All of My Site’s Content into WordPress?

Right now is made up of several different technologies: WordPress, a lot of shtml pages (server side includes), a few php pages, and lots of photo galleries created with iPhoto and Gallerie. After the recent Google PageRank update, I’m thinking about basically starting over with the entire site. I think I want to move the blog from /journal/ up to the top directory level of the site. The largest section of the site would be my jokes archive. Most (all?) of the jokes have dates on them, so I could move them into my WordPress database. That would give me a ton of blog posts, but overall the site would be much easier to manage.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I won’t have time to start doing anything until December, so I’m not in a rush.


  1. Lorelle says:

    This was the hardest decision of mine that I had to make a few years ago. I’m glad, and pained, that I finally moved everything into the WordPress database, and in the long run, it was worth it. Totally. A few bumps and bruises along the way, but it was a cleansing experience.

    And a learning one.

    I say go for it. At least in the database, it’s easier to manage, and export, in case you change backends, the odds are it will still use the database.

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Someone else emailed me and suggested using TextPattern as the backend. Sigh, another technology to learn. I don’t know if I’m up for that or not. It’ll be interesting, but I will be very glad to have most of the site in one system.