Rebuild of CampervanLife.com – day 5 – Import of data and Pre-go Live

Newsletter

I decided to get a newsletter subscribe form active right from the start.  Previously I had used a Drupal module to collect emails and to send the emails.  This worked out OK.

For smaller projects I use MailChimp.  I love the user interface and simplicity of MailChimp.  The website has about 1,800 subscribers, which is close to MailChimps free account limit of 2,000 subscribers.  At this point I’m keen to keep costs down, and until I actually send a newsletter I’m really just collecting email addresses.  I installed the Newsletter plugin, and configured it in the footer.

Homepage?

Page structure

I decided to re-structure the site slightly.

URLs

During the import of the content from Drupal some of the URLs were changed.  I went through each of the major pages, checking the URL matched that of the Drupal site, adding 301 redirects where necessary.

During the import

Im surprised by how many plugins I’ve needed to install to replicate the features I was using on the Drupal site.

 

SSL

I activated the free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate in SiteGround.  Then used the interconnectit.com search and replace script to change all occurrences of http://www.campervanlife.com to https:/www.campervanlife.com.

 

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