Preparation for Website Content Migration
In a recent article, Mike Straight points out that many potential problems can be averted by asking yourself some questions when you are still planning a website migration project. Mr. Straight delves into the migration project by asking the following:
- What are the metrics for success and value drivers for the project?
- What is the QA threshold for the migrated content?
- How long can the site be frozen?
- What are the major milestones and time lines for the CMS implementation and redesign?
- What is the total file count?
- What are the shared files?
- What are the legacy content schemas?
- What are the target content schemas in the new system?
- Will any new content need to be created?
- What are the languages of the content?
- Do you need to migrate the historical versions of the content?
- What features of the legacy and new CMS are being used?
- Can all content needing migration be accessed externally?
- Do you have a complete site map of the legacy sites?
- Will redirects need to be created? .
- Will content be referenced in the system through unique document IDs?
- How does your legacy content link back and forth (both SRC and HREF attributes)?