A More Capable Website

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A More Capable Website

I am setting my wife up with a new website for ScrapBooking. One of the things she wants to do is showcase techniques and explain some of the things that she does. After looking at several platforms, I determined that WordPress is probably going to be ideal for her. There are many plugins that can add functionality that you don’t generally see on many ScrapBook sites. But the other factor is that I know WordPress, so I can find solutions for things she wants to do.

The Old Site & Plan

On her old website, she had a Gallery1 setup. Gallery1 is no longer being developed and has quite a few security issues.  My wife had take a while off from ScrapBooking and her site was kept up, but had been spammed with comments on her pictures.  Additionally, the old website was running on PHP4, which my web host will no be longer supporting.

My wife wanted to keep her old artwork, and build the content from there.  However, getting it out of Gallery (whichever version) would be necessary.  So the question was – how do we achieve that?

Clearly transitioning to a new website will require several steps to get there.  I did the research to identify the issues I would run into and determine the migration process

Issues

  • Per my host, WordPress will not work on PHP4.
  • The version of Gallery1 on my wife’s site will not work with PHP5.
  • Gallery2 will work on the version of PHP4 running on my wife’s site.
  • Gallery2 integration into WordPress is a kludge.  It works, but it is not easy to maintain and very buggy.
  • Identify an appropriate Gallery solution for WordPress

Migration

  • Upgrade Gallery1 to latest version
  • Migrate to Gallery2 (latest version)
  • Set Up WordPress on the new site
  • Test Gallery2->WordPress Integration
  • Identify Gallery Solution
  • Migrate Graphics & Integrate with WordPress

The New Site

The New Site will be a wonderful blend of WordPress and supporting plugins.  This will allow my wife to create HowTo articles, publish her amazingly creative artwork and ultimately provide a market avenue for advertising and maybe e-commerce.

Software & Plugins

  • WordPress with the usual plugins (Akismet, SiteXML, Polls, Messaging, etc)
  • WP e-Commerce – For the eventual addition of artwork sales
  • eBay Plugin – As my wife sells on eBay already, it would be good to list and link her auctions on her site.
  • Gallery Plugin – TBD – This will be determined after testing of various gallery options.

So that’s the plan.  Next, we’ll cover the migration of Gallery.

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