I am not sure if I am going to make the jump from WordPress to Drupal with bavatuesdays just yet, but I have been following Darcy Norman’s progress with Drupal quite closely over the past six months, and I am pretty sure I should be playing more seriously with Drupal these days. I have set up developmental installs of both Drupal 4.7 and Drupal 5 beta locally to get my feet wet with the various themes, modules (plugins), and overall administration of this CMS. The backend of the Drupal 5 beta goes a long way towards simplifying the administration with a wordpress dashboard of sorts. There are a lot of great features in Drupal, and I will try to document the modules I have been playing with during this experimental period.
Nonetheless, this post is simply to let anyone who is interested in the possibility of converting from WordPress to Drupal know that there is an awesome module called wp2drupal developed by Borek Bernard. This module migrates your WordPress 1.5/2.0x database (including posts, pages, categories and comments) to Drupal 4.7x quite simply. The trick is that you will need to be sure that both your WordPress and Drupal installs are running in a PHP5 environment. Other than that, backup your Drupal database if you are not starting from scratch and you’re good to go. The wp2drupal module takes you through the process step by step -an install wizard of sorts. If you are concerned about images, videos, etc, the way I dealt with this was to transfer the folder with my videos, images and audio to the Drupal folder and make the default input format full html. This will prevent most links to images, videos, audio etc. (whether absolute or relative) from breaking immediately. I still have to figure out how to redirect the RSS and a few other internal links, however this is all still on a local server so I can play a bit more until I work through these concerns. Here’s to the Drupal community for making the transfer of data between open source CMSs (at least in one direction) quick and painless.