Website Migration Handbook v2

Migrations are Complex Beasts

Learn How To Tame Them

- Plan and Track Effectively

- Understand Impacts

- Avoid Train Wrecks

Considering big website changes?

  • Relaunching or redesigning
  • Switching CMSes
  • Consolidating websites
  • Moving to a CMS
Anyone even thinking about a migration simply has to read this handbook.
Colleen Jones, author of Clout

New in version 2

  • Metadata and topic pages
  • Content inventories and patterns
  • Content handling process
  • Launching as the end of a phase
  • New definition of migration
  • Megasite rollout plans
  • Texture of content
  • Comparing sitemaps

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Migrating a website can be overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with a large, complex site. The Website Migration Handbook is a great tool because it breaks the project down into manageable phases, and provides checklists and diagrams that are extremely useful for developing and implementing the plan.
Cheryl Lesser, Intranet Benchmarking Forum

What Others Are Saying

In our heads, content migrations are executed on a blank canvas, free from restrictions or limitations. Sadly, in the real world, migrations have baggage -- you're limited by the existing base of content, the platforms you're migrating both to and from, the capabilities of your team, the potential lack of vision around the project, and the list goes on and on. The best way around these limitations is to face them head-on, acknowledging that your migration might be a dirty, messy affair. David does a great job in this book of lifting the lid on these dirty, messy problems and helping you get our in front of them, instead on letting them run you over late in your project's schedule. Consider his Migration Handbook as a big, fat reality check.
Deane Barker, Blend Interactive
David has presented us with the depth and breadth of his CMS migration experience on a silver platter. His 10-week email series showed me what’s involved in a migration. Having his best practices now in one collection makes it easy to return for reminders each time you are ready to take another step along the migration path.
Deb Lewis, OCLC
Content strategists, I'm talking to you. Content migration isn't for sissies. There are no qualifications about whether you need this book; if you work on a single large-scale Web project, you must know this stuff, to maintain your sanity and reputation. And who better to learn it from than David Hobbs.
Rahel Bailie, Intentional Design
While most people ignore and underestimate the content migration effort, David has tackled it head on. His migration handbook is an invaluable resource for anyone about to embark on a new web project. I've seen a lot of CMS train wrecks that could have been avoided if they followed David's approach.
Jeff Cram, ISITE Design
David's 'Website Migration Handbook' is a life-saver. Being a true handbook you can follow the migration steps and considerations that David has set out for you based on his 10+ year experience. Migration is never an easy task, but with 'Website Migration Handbook' you learn about the mistakes and pitfalls before you start migrating. This book is a must-read for everybody who's involved in a web site migration project.
Erik Hartman, Hartman Communicatie
As Hobbs bluntly writes, "content migration isn't just ramming content from one system into another"... yet many user experiences attempt to test that statement. Get the Migration Handbook and learn how to smoothly, efficiently, and effectively transition everything from message to metadata.
Margot Bloomstein, Appropriate, Inc. and author of Content Strategy at Work
David is the most knowledgeable resource on website migrations out there. v2 is a MUST read!
Bill Trevor, Web Smart Advisors
Web content migration is one of the hardest, most thankless jobs that an organization will undertake. But when it’s done right – it makes everything more valuable; from the new CMS that content is migrated into, to the new process being deployed and the insight that can be derived out of content usage years later. David Hobbs has done something extraordinarily valuable here. He’s put the process of Web content migration into an understandable, pragmatic and helpful e-book. He takes you step-by-step through the process. It’s just quite simply a tremendously helpful tool – and I’m guessing David will be thanked many times over for writing it.
Robert Rose, author of Managing Content Marketing

David helps clients get control of their website transformations, from strategy through implementation oversight. Some of his clients of the last couple years include the Centers for Disease Control, the World Bank, Thomson Reuters, BIO, the MBC Group, and