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Migration

Blend Interactive has over 15 years of experience moving sites from one content management system to another. Simply put — we're moving pros. 

CMS migration: getting ready for the big move.

When a family outgrows their home, it's common to make a big move. Websites are no different — whether it's changes to your team or a major expansion of strategy, it's essentially to make sure your content and business goals are met within your CMS.

However, a CMS migration is often underestimated, under-budgeted, and poorly planned. At Blend, we've built a world-class "moving team" to help you get from your old CMS into your new one, well-versed in what's essential to a successful move. Steps such as: 

  • Determining what content will be moved — and what will be left behind.
  • Auditing the current design and content model for adherence to brand standards.
  • Developing a content model that can easily accept existing content — and identifying where issues may arise.
  • Preparing for and performing automated migrations.
  • Providing governance planning and assistance with manual migration.

While a CMS might not have a cozy fireplace, changing CMS platforms significantly alters the comfort level of a day-to-day content team. Blend can help you make that move as comfortable as possible.

A Checklist for a Smooth Migration

Moving CMS platforms is like moving homes — preparation is key to making sure the move goes smoothly. 

Our migration experience.

You want a moving company that can handle any obstacle, from a split entryway to narrow doorways and steep driveways. Your web migration team is no different — migration requires skilled planning and flexibility when faced with the unexpected. Blend has experience migrating from and into dozens of vendor systems, allowing us to refine and cross-pollinate our migration expertise. Some of our CMS migration success includes migrating from:

  • Ektron to Optimizely/Episerver
  • WordPress to Optimizely/Episerver
  • Ektron to Drupal
  • Home-grown CMS to Sitecore
  • Home-grown CMS to Optimizely/Episerver
  • Static HTML to Optimizely/Episerver

Additionally, we've pulled content from various integrations into Optimizely (formerly Episerver), from PHP-based forums to Folio magazine content.

A Vision for a Pain-Free Migration

Migrations don’t have to be a pain — Blend has a process and vision going forward of how to make the migration process simpler. Learn more in this article from Blend's CTO Joe Kepley.

Related work.

Check out some of the work we’ve done migrating sites.

View all of our work.

A Fast Turnaround from On-Premise to Cloud

A migration from on-premise to cloud infrastructure in just a few days helped keep Florida's emergency communication on board.

Moving Hundreds of Articles and Making Them Fit

Migrating from multiple sources to a single repository, Blend developed a consistent and unified content model.

Migration as an Educational Tool

Migration from one site to another is more than just moving a few rocks: it requires teamwork and a little help from some code.

A Visual System for Confirming Migration Completeness

Accentuating manual migration with a tool that measured completeness and provided confidence.

Migration: Managing Spreadsheets and Organizational Needs

Furthering our Google Sheets skills through the organization of thousands of university pages, all with a mind toward the complete site revamp.