JohnNemec.com 2011 and Drupal 7

With a new year comes fresh starts, and for 2011 my plan is to upgrade JohnNemec.com to Drupal 7 from Wordpress. From what I’ve read, it will not be an easy task since, again from what I’ve read, there is not direct way to convert. So the site will stay on Wordpress as I build in the background, but still viewable to all. Every time I make an update or do anything at all, I’ll log it and let you know what I’ve done and the issues I’ve come across.

Last years’ resolutions were very grandiose to say the least. I planned on teaching the world PHP and JavaScript, going to far-off places to write about them, and visit the movies a lot more than I could afford. I accomplished none of these.

This year I’ve decided to scale it back a bit. With the imminent release of Drupal 7 on January 5th (fingers crossed), I plan on converting JohnNemec.com to this amazing content management system. So far the plan is to create the exact same site in Drupal 7 with an updated look and feel. I have a sinking feeling that we will need to ‘re-input’ all of the old posts by hand, but that’s fine, it’ll give me a chance to spell check my old content.

As of now my category structure should stay the same, but with the simplicity of the taxonomy system we shouldn’t have any problems changing the categories in the future when we change our minds. Some of the hard work will be creating the redirects in the htaccess file when and if we do change some of the categories, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

I have no goal set for when this project will be completed, since I have enough on my plate already with Moosefish Web Services, my band, full time job, wife & kid and sleep (for some reason my body still requires it). But the hope is to have it completed by midyear.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be writing about other things. In fact, I plan on writing a lot more this year. I sort of dropped the ball last year and I hope not to let that happen again.

If all goes as planned, I hope to have a new ‘JohnNemec.com to Drupal 7’ post every Monday. It may be something as simple as a drawing or some notes of things I’d like to accomplish, but at least a weekly post should be good to get this project done. Now keep your fingers crossed that Drupal 7 is released on January 5th and we can get to work this weekend.

Oh, by the way, feel free to comment here or any of the posts on things you think I’m doing wrong, could do better, or ideas you have to make the site better in general. I look forward to your feedback.

Happy New Year!

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