Last post Jan 03, 2006 09:46 PM by nbc
Dec 28, 2005 02:37 PM|ikamiksok|LINK
I just wanted to get someone's overall opinion on this. In the next few months I may consider buying some non asp.net sites and converting them to asp.net and upgrade them to use my inhouse community modules I have designed. My questions....
1 - How difficult is it, generally, to convert another forum to an equivalent DNN forum?
2 - How difficult is it to convert 4 different forums all to the same DNN forum maintaining data from each?
3 - If I wanted to buy 4 different websites and convert them all to a new site with a new website name, how can I maximize my SEO? I thought of the following things I could do
a.) Have each website name each be a valid alias pointing to my new website
b.) Use siteurls or a urlrewriter to redirect old forum links to the new URL string. Is this possible from an asp or php forum to asp.net?
c.) Implement some 'page has moved' redirects. I do not know what this actually is but I remember reading somewhere about a way to gracefully tell search engines a page has moved.
In summary, anyone have a general high level opinion on the difficulty of converting these sites and the impact on SEO?
Dec 28, 2005 04:52 PMemail@example.com|LINK
Very simple to impossible. Or somewhere in between. For example, do you want to maintain the previous messages? That adds a conversion step or steps to the process.
Again, rather easy to impossible. What forums? How is the data stored? What are your skill sets working with SQL? Does the other forum even match the DNN one in data stored?
Okay, at this stage I'm going to say "quite difficult". If you're asking some of these questions, my guess is your skill set is relatively limited for much of the task involved. First you have to ask yourself "Why do I want to change them?" Second is
"Can I afford the cost in time and money to change?" And third is "If I'm going to change, what is the right option to change to?"
Do you even know why you want to switch to DNN? Okay, now ask yourself "Is that reason valid?"
Be honest, then test before you commit to the changes.
Jan 03, 2006 03:03 PM|ikamiksok|LINK
Thanks for the update. This is actually what I needed to know. As I had planned to learn the necessary skills to do it if I thought it would not be difficult. Looks like I'll probably avoid this unless I find a website really worth updating (I do have one
Thanks for the information.
Jan 03, 2006 09:46 PM|nbc|LINK
Just a note about 1 and 2
There are a number of utilities out there for converting forums ie Snitz to .net etc. have a look at Hotscripts or 411aspnet for listings.