Monthly Archives: December 2011

Migrating Content From Tumblr To WordPress

Migrating content from is a lot easier since the importing plugin was developed, but many users are still having a hard time switching over.  Most of the problems arise when moving from a custom Tumblr domain to WordPress.

The solution to this problem isn’t readily apparent, but is quite simple.

If you have a Tumblr blog on a custom domain (example, www.yourdomain.com), you have to uncheck the custom domain feature in your Tumblr admin section before .

tumblr content migration

tumblr content migration

After you uncheck this option, your Tumblr blog address will revert back to the original URL (example, http://yourblog.tumblr.com) and will now be able to be imported into your new WordPress blog.

Need help migrating your Tumblr content?

We can help you migrate from Tumblr to WordPress.  If you would like more information on the costs and procedures involved in moving from Tumblr, please contact us and we’ll be in touch shortly.

HubSpot Migrations: 5 Things To Remember

When you’re getting ready to migrate from you should have a checklist of steps that need to be done before going live with your new site.  You can’t go wrong with the following items.

WordPress install

You will need to acquire new hosting for your new WordPress site and you’ll need to have WordPress installed as well.  Many hosting companies have simplified the already simple installation of WordPress, but those kinds of installs leave little room for customization and security.

It is better to install WordPress manually and to make some modifications afterwards for WordPress security.

Email setup

You may need to setup and configure email with your new hosting.  This is usually a simple process if your host has cPanel.

301 redirects

One of the things we always do when is to ensure that 301 redirects are in place.  We hate the idea of a website having a ton of 404 errors and losing the value of any incoming links.

WordPress theme

If you’re planning on using a stock WordPress theme, then all you have to do is upload it to your themes folder.  If you’re having a custom theme built, then you’ll need to ensure that everything looks right and functions right before going live with your new site.

Subscriber services and analytics

When moving from HubSpot to WordPress you will need to replace HubSpot’s analytics and subscriber services with something else.  We almost always replace that with Feedburner and Google Analytics.  After signing up for these services, they need to be configured and the appropriate code needs to be added to your new WordPress website.

Depending on your type of blog migration you may need to do more or less than what was just listed, but this list is always a good start.

Moving From A Custom CMS To WordPress

Not every blog runs on mainstream software.  There are many blogs built on customized content management systems.  These types of blogs require a special touch when performing .

Because these blogs are built on a custom CMS, there are no WordPress plugins available to import the content into a WordPress readable format.  And it’s pretty safe to say that there is probably no content export function available on the custom blog as well.

With those importing and exporting options not available, you are left with two options: either manually copying the content into WordPress or modifying the custom database into something WordPress can work with.

If the custom blog to be moved is small enough, it might make sense to just go ahead and copy and paste the articles into WordPress.  This could take less time than it would take to analyze the custom blog’s database and run a bunch of modification queries.

If the customized blog is large enough, manually importing the content this way would be very inefficient.  You will want to modify the database if possible in order to .

Earlier this year we were hired to migrate a website that ran on a custom CMS to WordPress.  The total amount of posts and pages to be moved numbered about 2,500.  It would have taken weeks to move that much content if we chose to do it manually.  Instead, we were able to modify the sections of their database that contained their blog posts, convert them to the format WordPress requires, and copy those database tables into the WordPress site.

By fiddling with the database, we were able to import all of the client’s content in a much shorter amount of time than if the content had to be manually imported post by post.

We can migrate your custom CMS to WordPress

Do you have a website built on a custom CMS and want to move it to WordPress?  Get in touch with us!

Problems Migrating From Blogger To WordPress

Moving from is probably the most common type of blog migration.  These two types of blogging software are the most popular, which explains the large amount of migrations from Blogger over to WordPress.

Fortunately, Blogger and WordPress make these types of moves rather simple.  Blogger lets you easily export all your blog posts to a file and WordPress has a plugin that can import posts from this file.  So if it sounds like migrating content from Blogger to WordPress is easy, it usually is but there can be some hiccups along the way.

First, sometimes the blog post content doesn’t format correctly in WordPress.  You might find some large gaps between paragraphs, or you might even see some weird text where it shouldn’t be.  These issues need to be corrected before launching your new WordPress blog live.

Second, importing images are often a problem.  Even though you can see the images in your posts, the coded location of the images may still point to a location on Blogger’s server.  If you were to shut down your Blogger blog without correcting the image location, all those images in your blog posts would suddenly disappear.  That’s not good.

These issues will never be a problem when if all the steps in a proper blog migration are adhered to.

We move blogs from Blogger to WordPress the right way

We would love to be part of your blog migration and ensure that all your content and images make the transfer.  If you would like more information on hiring us for your move to WordPress, please get in touch with us and we’ll contact you shortly.

Reasons To Move From Active Rain To WordPress

There can be quite a few reasons why someone would want to move their , but the most common reasons I’ve heard tend to fall in the following categories.

  1.  Branding.  It can be hard to brand yourself or your business if you are using somebody else’s software.  If you want to be unique, then you have to step out on your own.
  2. Flexibility.  Active Rain has a lot of great features for networking between agents, but if you want to do something with your blog that isn’t possible with Active Rain, then you’re stuck.
  3. Control.  If you have your own WordPress blog, then you have total control over your website.  You choose what you publish and what you do.  You’re not bound by the terms and conditions of somebody else.
  4. Domain.  If your blog is part of the Active Rain network, then your place on the web isn’t really your own.  Hosting a WordPress blog on your own domain brings with it added credibility.  With hosting costs generally running under $10 a month, isn’t it worth it?

Thinking of moving to WordPress?

We can and give you the security in knowing that you own your web presence.  Contact us today and we’ll provide a quote that outlines the costs and procedures involved in providing you with a blog or website of your own!

Recreating Your HubSpot Theme On WordPress

When moving from you will obviously need a website to go along with all your migrated content.  Most people are happy with what their website looked like while on HubSpot, so one of the steps in a blog migration is to recreate that design on WordPress.

Recreating an existing design is generally an easy and straightforward process.  You take the sections and design elements that exist on the HubSpot site and duplicate them on the new WordPress site.  If you are adept with HTML, PHP, CSS and javascript, then this part can be a breeze.

While recreating the HubSpot theme you have to pay attention to certain things.  Some pages may have different layouts, so custom page templates need to be built to accommodate them.  Maybe you have images in the header section that are different on certain pages.  These all have to be taken into account when duplicating your theme and coded accordingly.

Images play a big part in this step.  can be a manual process, or you can use software to accomplish this.  The method you choose really depends on how many images need to be imported for this step, and what resources you have on hand.

We can migrate your blog from HubSpot

can be tricky and cumbersome at times, and we’re here to help.  If you would like more information on the costs and procedures involved in moving from HubSpot, please contact us and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Moving Images From HubSpot To WordPress

Another important consideration after moving from is making sure that all the images used in your posts and pages reside on your new WordPress site and not on the HubSpot site.

Images can be deceiving

When , you will most likely reconstruct the new site on a test server before launching it.  The test server is where the actual work of and design work takes place.

If you were to copy and paste an article from HubSpot directly into WordPress, publish it and then view the new post, your first reaction may be that everything looks fine.  All the text is there and the images you used in the post are showing up as well.  Don’t be fooled by your initial perception!

Yes, the post images are visible on your site, but those images don’t exist on your WordPress site.  They are being remotely called from your old HubSpot website.  If you revisit the WordPress post editor for the article you copied and pasted and switch to HTML view, you’ll see that the image URL for your post images points to the location on the original HubSpot server, not on your test server!

This is important to note because if you were to keep the image URLs this way, all your images will vanish once the new WordPress site goes live.  That would be bad!

Fixing the image problem

When , it doesn’t matter if you use the RSS importer or copy and paste; you have to correct the image URL if you want your new site to function properly.

If you are using the copy and paste method, then once you paste your article in the WordPress post editor you will need to click on the image in the post and delete it.  After that, go back to the original HubSpot article and download the post image in question to your computer then insert the downloaded image into the post you just copied.  This ensures that the image will not vanish once you flip your website over to WordPress.

If there are a lot of images on the HubSpot site you may choose to use special software or scripts to download the images from that site in bulk.  My personal favorite for this procedure is wget.  allows you to do many things, including downloading all files of a specific type from an entire website.  It is very handy in blog migrations.

Need some help?

We can help you move your blog from HubSpot to WordPress.  If you would like to talk more about this, please get in touch with us and let’s start the dialogue!

Using Redirects After Moving From HubSpot To WordPress

One of the worst things you can do when is not implementing any URL redirects.  Without any redirects in place, you lose several key benefits and the user experience is diminished.

After moving your blog, redirects are needed for the following reasons:

  1. SEO.  Any backlink pointing to one of your blog posts while on HubSpot helps that post with search engine rankings.  If the blog post’s URL changes without a redirect being used, then any value that link provided to you is gone.  It has now become what is known as a “broken link”.
  2. SEO part 2.  Search engines frown on websites that return a lot of 404 (“page not found”) errors.  You can prevent any search engine backlash by using redirects.
  3. Search engine listings.  It takes the search engines time to adjust and list your new post URLs.  Until they catch up, all your old links are still in place and anyone clicking on them will get the dreaded “page not found” error.
  4. User experience.  As a website visitor, I hate clicking on a link and arriving to a 404 page.  I’m sure you feel the same way.  Redirects ensure that visitors get the information they want and it keeps them happy.

Permalink structure between HubSpot and WordPress

HubSpot uses a link structure similar to this:

http://domain-name.com/blog/bid/78252/Your-Latest-Blog-Post-Title

WordPress permalinks can be configured several different ways, but the year/month/day format looks like this:

http://domain-name.com/2011/12/14/your-latest-blog-post-title/

The key in redirects is to get the original link to automatically redirect visitors (and search engines) to the new WordPress link.  This can be accomplished by a few different methods.

First, you could use a redirection plugin in WordPress and enter the old URL and the URL it should go to.  This is the simplest and most straightforward way, and it can work well for small blogs.  However, if you have hundreds, or even thousands of posts, this is an inefficient and mind-numbing approach.

Secondly, you could (and probably should) opt for implementing redirects using regex.  Regex is short for “regular expressions” and can be a powerful tool in the right hands.  For example, moving a HubSpot blog to WordPress with 500 posts would require 500 redirect entries if done manually.  The same redirect function can be accomplished with just one entry using regex.  That is why we recommend using regex for redirects in most blog migrations.

We can help with your move to WordPress

We would be happy to discuss the possibility of moving you from .  If you would like more information on the costs and procedures involved in such a move, please contact us and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Migrating Content From HubSpot To WordPress

In all of the scenarios a person can , moving from HubSpot presents the most challenges.  These challenges are not impossible to overcome, they just require more work.

When moving from , there are a couple of options a person can take to migrate their content.  The option you choose is based on the size of the blog.

Small HubSpot Blogs

hubspot content to wordpress

hubspot to wordpress

If the HubSpot blog in question is small enough, meaning there are 25 or less posts, then you can import all the posts into the new WordPress blog using the WordPress RSS importer.

To do this, go to the HubSpot blog that’s being moved, save the RSS feed, and use that file in combination with the RSS Importer found in the WordPress site’s admin area.

Why do I say 25 posts or less?  That’s because HubSpot’s RSS feed only lists the last 25 entries made.  Anything earlier than that will have to be imported manually or you’ll need to modify the RSS import feed.

Larger HubSpot Blogs

Any HubSpot blog that contains more than 25 posts or pages will require more work to transfer the content.  There are still import options available, but a lot of double checking is required afterwards to ensure that your content is formatted properly.

Alternatively, some people have opted to just manually copy over their HubSpot posts to WordPress, a lengthy and clunky process.

Manually copying and pasting posts while preserving post dates, authors and tags can be overwhelming, especially on good sized blogs with hundreds, or even thousands of posts.  Many people have rejected the idea of moving from HubSpot to WordPress for this very reason.  It can be a huge undertaking if your blog is of good size.

Quick note on images

When using the RSS Import option mentioned before, images are imported into WordPress but the address of these images are still located on HubSpot’s servers.  You would still have to copy these images to your WordPress site and in your posts before deleting your account with HubSpot.

We can help with your HubSpot migration

We would be happy to help in migrating your HubSpot content over to WordPress.  If you would like more information on the costs and procedures involved in this type of move, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.