migrating

Migrating From Other WordPress Servers

For those of you that have been using WordPress elsewhere, there are a few key distinctions you need know about the Aurora server.

Multisite

Aurora is a multisite installation of WordPress, modeled after WordPress.com. Each site has it's own tables, but they are in one database, and share the same library of plugins and themes.

Plugins

Plugins are controlled at the Network level in Aurora. The addition of any new plugins to the network is decided on by the Aurora Governance Committee, and spelled out in the Wishlist.

Themes

Similar to plugins, Themes are also controlled at the network level. Custom themes are permitted, but must pass a Code Audit process before being allowed on production.

Migrating From Dreamweaver

There is no automated method of converting existing content from Dreamweaver template based sites into Aurora. Our research with tools and with writing our own scripts showed that so much work was needed to clean up the content manually that there was no point to trying automated solutions. Our recommendation, and the method we used as well, is to manually copy and paste the content into new pages.

Migrating HTML Files Onto Aurora

To migrate your HTML files onto Aurora, see the guide on manually migrating websites.

Aurora vs. Dreamweaver

From 2002 – 2013, UConn relied heavily on the use of Dreamweaver templates to manage website content. For those of you accustomed to working with Dreamweaver templates, there are some changes you should be aware of.

  • Automatic Backups – Each and every time you hit Publish or Update, Aurora will save a new copy of the page or post you're working on. You can revert to older copies yourself. This means if you accidentally erase a page, you can always go back to a previous version.
  • Drag & Drop Navigation – In Dreamweaver, adding, removing, or renaming navigation items was technically challenging and time consuming. Now, you can rearrange your navigation in a simple interface.
  • No Setup – With Aurora you don't have to configure software with server addresses, port numbers, or other various settings. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection.
  • Multiple Webmasters – Aurora has a lot of features to support multiple people working on the same site, even at the same time. It will warn you if you try to edit a page someone else is working on. You can create users that can only edit certain pages, or whose work always has to be reviewed before being published.
  • File and Image Uploading – In the past, this used to require a lot of moving files around into specific folders to get them to appear in Dreamweaver, or setting up a WebDAV client. In Aurora, you simply click 'Add Media' when working on a page, and you can select any file on your computer to upload to the site.
  • Scheduled Updates – If you need a site change to happen at a specific date and time, you can now just set a timer. The new page, or changes to a current page, won't appear until the appointed hour.
  • Online Drafts – If you're working on a new page, and want some feedback before it appears publicly, save it as a draft. Send the preview link to colleagues without the worry of it appearing on the main site yet.
  • Dynamic Homepages – Add news posts, an events calendar, and a photo slideshow, and control them all yourself.
  • Limited Coding Ability – In Dreamweaver, you had direct access to all code of the page. In Aurora, that access is limited. There is still a Text/HTML view for those that want to write some code by hand, but for those who want truly custom layouts and displays, please read more about Themes and Plugins.
  • Limited Layout & Color Choices – Aurora is limited to the looks and layouts available under the "Themes" menu item. UITS will be adding more options to this main theme over time, and those interested may want to look into custom themes under Themes and Plugins.

Converting User Profiles to UC People

The University User Profiles plugin continues to work, and will be supported for existing sites. However, it will not be available in newly made sites, or any site that uses any theme released after Hale 2015. Sites that wish to upgrade to a newer theme will need to convert their UUP content to UC People.

  1. Follow the instructions for Importing Users to UC People. This will create a “person” for every public user.
  2. Create a People Page to replace each User-List and User-Table page that you had used previously.
  3. If you created profile pages for each user, you want to find those within Pages and then either change their status to ‘draft’ or delete them. This is just to avoid duplicate entries for each person.
  4. Fix any broken links to profile pages, replacing them with the new links to each person.