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09
January
2011

PraisedLight Relaunched!!

I have been very busy with lot of things off late and could not really work on my personal website. However this was a resolution that I had taken this new year and probably for the first time in my life had kept upto my resolution. The redesign of this website took me exactly 8 days and today on January 9th 2011, I am relaunching it.

Just to help anybody who are looking into migrating a existing joomla website into a new design and if a simple template replace is something that you are not looking at, then follow the below steps.

  1. Get a new copy of Joomla and get the right template, there are hundreds of them available in the internet.
  2. Configure all the pages by creating various menus and pages. This can be done manually and the static content for the pages can be copied from your old site manually
  3. If you need a blog in your website, then I suggest that you download some blog component available in the joomla extensions directory. I found one blog component by name JaggyBlog that was very cheap and simple to configure.
  4. Install the Export component from joomla extensions directory in the old site from where you want to export the joomla content. Export Content will move section(s), categories, content items and or static item(s) from Mambo to all versions of joomla or between Joomla sites and will allow you to move data from Joomla 1.0+ series to 1.5+ series or back without any programming knowledge.
  5. Under the "Export Content" menu Choose either "Export Site Content" which will allow you to select content by section(s) or "Export Static Items" to compile static/uncategorised Content only.Using the select boxes choose the content you wish to export then press the "Compile" button either for Joomla 1.0+ or 1.5+ series depending on the destination site.
  6. Download the compiled content from the source site via the "Download" button that will appear at the top and then install on the destination site via the site component installer, as you would any other component. If you have taken the steps above you should see the options under the "Imported Content Menu" will be populated with the imported content on the destination site.
  7. You will then be given the option of which section or category on the destination site to move the content into and save. Check the site admin menu under section, category or article manager depending on which action you took and you should be able to see any new data you have inserted/transferred.

Most of the website is configured as it was before with some improvements in terms of UI, but there are two things that are still pending in this site - Music section is still not configured - the program that I had written earlier to search for a album is not working with this new installation. I would probably need to make some changes to that program, will try to do that asap. The other thing that is pending is the Videos. I have lot of videos with most of them still on my Video camera and cell phones. I need to find time to transfer all of them to my hard disk and then make some movies out of it. I hope I complete it before Jan 30th for my daughter's 3rd birthday party ( i hope to show some of those videos to the guests on that day)

Author: pradeep