My website, heyweb.net has been around for some years now (6+) and taken many different incarnations. I have used it to host family photos, details of important personal events, and now my blog and portfolio of my work.
For the last year I had been running Joomla, an excellent content management system in it’s own right. It had initially done a fine job for what I wanted and very feature rich. However it wasn’t perfect. I repeatedly experienced a lot of formatting issues and it was always a pain to make what should be a simple change. I also found it cumbersome to write blog posts. It was such a chore, so the notion of blogging was soon abandoned.
However, the desire to blog became too great, and I wanted to do something about it. I had previously played around with WordPress on a virtual, and admired the simplicity. I yearned to use it, but I had invested a significant amount of time in setting up Joomla so I had a difficult time convincing myself to make any sort of transition.
Very recently, I decided that enough was enough, and if I really want to make the change, I just need to get in and do it. I sat down a few weeks ago, setup WordPress and test-drove a few -templates. After several hours of not getting quite what I wanted, I came full-circle with the TwentyTen template, with minimal customisations. The content I had on my Joomla site was fairly lean, so I figured some good old fashioned copy and pasting would be much quicker than trying to find a migration tool.
I was now ready to upload WordPress to heyweb.net. A quick SQL export/import and FTP and I was pretty much done. Just needed to make a few configuration modifications but overall the experience from my development machine to live was fairly seamless.
I felt a sense of satisfaction and joy. The WordPress experience was much more streamlined for what I was wanting to do with Joomla – and the overall effort took much less time. I’m very happy with this experience.
Now that I am a convert…I just need to keep the content up!