Classic Cougar Community: A WordPress Migration

Classic Cougar CommunityI originally built the Classic Cougar Community as a Joomla! 1.0.x site back in 2007. When Joomla! 1.5.x debuted, the client had me migrate the site to the new version. Now, Joomla! is up to version 1.7.x, but currently there is not a simple, straight upgrade path from Joomla! 1.5.x to 1.7.x; it’s a migration.

The success he’s experienced with other WordPress sites led my client to opt for migrating the site to WordPress, a platform that in my experience is much easier–and less costly–to maintain and upgrade, rather than to migrate it to the newest version of Joomla!.

At the time of the migration, there were 120 articles on the Joomla! site that needed to be migrated to WordPress. The client was open to using a WordPress-style organization of content using link categories for the Community’s links to other classic Cougar-oriented sites. Those are listed in the right column of the site as “Resources,” “Vendors,” and “Registries.” Links to content within the Classic Cougar Community, including the phpBB-based forum, are all on the tool bar.  The result is a much cleaner and more user-friendly organization than he had in the Joomla! version of the site.

The reorganization of the content along with WordPress’ impressive out-of-the-box SEO features have already resulted in improvement of the site’s indexing and ranking over the Joomla! version even in the short time the new site has been up.