On December 7, 2018 I got so angry with the Drupal CMS upgrade path from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 that I basically set my website on fire and walked away. It led to one of my more epic rants on Twitter, which I’ve screencapped and included below for posterity:
And with that I did what I said I would: I started migrating 3,401 Drupal nodes — by hand — over to WordPress.
Most of the migration went surprisingly quickly. I was able to get everything but the Help Desk archives over into the new site in a few months. The Help Desk archives themselves, though… well. I finished doing the last comic this morning.
On 24 January, 2021, at something just shy of 5AM EST, I migrated A-I-A-I-O over to WordPress. And with that, all of my archives are now in WordPress, and I can move on with, you know, actually using my website to publish content.
I still miss Drupal when it comes to day-to-day use. I’m not knocking WordPress — it works very well, and the upgrade path between version is SO MUCH BETTER than Drupal’s that I don’t know how to compare the two without resorting to mockery and scorn — but Drupal’s taxonomy management is better (and I leaned on it a lot) and I’ve yet to find anything in the WordPress sphere that does what the Views module did (there have been attempts to emulate it but they didn’t integrate well). But at the end of the day I figured out how to get WordPress to do 99% of what I was able to do with Drupal, and I’m happy with that.
Also, I’m really not a great site designer when it comes to “making things pretty” and the WordPress templates I’ve played with take care of most of that for me.
So here I am, at the other end of a two year process of migrating MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS OF INTERNET CONTENT BY HAND, and I am powerfully glad that part’s over with.
And who knows? Maybe a webcomic or two sprinkled in for flavor…