The Avenue Consulting web design was built as part of a cluster of websites for Neil Thompson in a series of Joomla to WordPress conversion. Like most clients, his company found Joomla hard to manage and wanted something easier to use. The first step in the Joomla to WordPress conversion was to import all of the content. From there we then setup the Karma theme around it, using one of the preset colours to frame the site. Each one of the cluster of websites used a different colour to distinguish one from the other. The benefit of using the same template for each site is that it is easier for the client to manage their websites as each one is administered in the same way.
For a smaller web site like this one, a Joomla to WordPress conversion is quite simple. The main content was all textual with very few images or downloads, so the import was quick and ran smoothly. It’s not always possible to migrate from one platform to another easily, and in some cases it’s better to import some data and manually input some of the more difficult parts. With this web design since there were no images we didn’t have to remap the media library or create a custom CSV.
Using a WordPress theme in Joomla to WordPress conversion can be relatively low cost. WordPress has a huge repository of plugins and extensions that are usually better than the Joomla equivalent. This means that more often than not by converting a website from Joomla to WordPress, the client ends up with greater functionality. As discussed in previous projects, choosing the right theme for a website is really important. Since we were using the same theme across multiple sites we made sure that the theme didn’t have too many built in core features that we wouldn’t use – while opting for a theme that had high compatibility and multiple colour schemes.