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LocalHealthGuide from WordPress to ProsePoint

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Michael McCarthy
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Hi,

I have a website called LocalHealthGuide.

Currently, it is run on WordPress, but I'm trying to switch it over to ProsePoint.

You can watch the changeover ...

LocalHealthGuide (WordPress version): www.localhealthguideonline.com

LocalHealthGuide (ProsePoint version): www.localhealthguide.net

Comments, questions and suggestions welcome.

Best,

Michael

 

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Thanks for this post. I've

Thanks for this post.

I've always wondered, what was the reasoning behind wanting to move from Wordpress?

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Why move from WordPress?

I wanted to go to Drupal because it offered more flexibility and function. WordPress is great in that it is easy to use, but I want to have several sections with independent "story" pages, where stories can be posted in parallel. I also expect to soon have reporters filing stories, so I need the permissions and workflow functions. And eventually I hope to have several forums running -- and Drupal offers that capability as well. All in all, Drupal offers much more scope for expansion and variety. 

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I agree, WP is great for what it does, but if you ever wanted to create a more unique experience that didn't look like it had fingerprints of WP, which are the typical layout, design, font, and other shared aesthetics, Drupal works out better.  The problem of a system that is too easy to use is that because it is too easy to use, the user doesn't necesarily want to make customizations and ends up just selecting options of what is available.  There is nothing wrong with that, but in my own experience, using WP didnt' allow for creative freedom that you can get with PP and Drupal.

Granted, everything works within contstraints, but the Drupal based constraints are more flexible, and allow a great deal of control. PP is the ideal Drupal.

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Selecting Prosepoint over WP and others.

I was interested to read your comments about changing from WP to a Drupal based solution.

I look after an old HTML based site for Derby Triathlon Club.I am looking to move  to a more content driven site with news, articles, info about training etc. We want members to have the ability to post news etc.

I started looking at WP and have also looked at Drupal and Joomla but seem to keep going round in circles unable to make a final decision which is the best solution.

I found Prosepoint while looking around on Drupals site. It looks a really good solution but I have some fears about setting up and running the site. Would you say that youy need to be a web developer to config Prosepoint or is it all pretty straightforward ? When youi start to look at the issues with uploading some of the OS offerings you need to have a reasonable understanding of PHP etc. Is that also the case with Prosepoint ?

 

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WP vs Drupal

Hi Steve,

I'm a user not a coder so I, too, have been looking for a user-friendly platform. I started with an HTML-based site (using a Mac program called RapidWeaver) and then made a run at setting up a Drupal site last summer. Drupal, however, does have, what the Drupal folks call, a "steep learning curve". Wanting to get my site up and running, I went to WordPress this fall, which I found much, much easier to work with. 

That said, I think for my site to have all the functionality I need, with multiple reporters, forums etc., I need a more sophisticated content management system, and Drupal, of the open-source CMSs seems to have the necessary features and the most robust community.

ProsePoint has almost all the functionality you need to get a site up and running. It's the best "out-of-the-box" offering I've seen. (Thank you Beng!). In fact, I wish it was available when I started, it would have saved me a lot of time.

That said: WordPress can be used to make a very good site and I believe you can have people submitting pieces, bulletin boards, and have some control over such things as permissions. And just the other day, I speaking with someone who has founded a Web site start-up that has 1.1 million unique visitors (built on a proprietary platform), been acquired, rich ... etc. etc., and he said I should think twice about moving from WordPress to Drupal unless there were really compelling reasons. (He uses WordPress for his personal blog site.) His argument was that WordPress had a lot of functionality and that it's getting better. 

So, after all that: answers to your questions:

Depending on your comfort level with working with Web stuff:

  1. Seriously consider WordPress: WordPress might be able to do do all you need for your site and, because its easy, you can concentrate on working on your content instead of trying to get some plugin to work. 
  2. If you go to Drupal, ProsePoint is a great package that will save you a lot of time.
  3. If you're not familiar with Drupal, you might want to bring in a designer to tweak the site for you and to give you some tutorials so you can manage it yourself. 
  4. However, with ProsePoint you won't need to bring in someone to design the whole site because ProsePoint has most of what you need already to go.
  5. (There's also a pretty good Drupal tutorial on Lynda.com - which is worth the subscription.)

Best,

Michael

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Steve Tatem
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Hi Michael

Thanks for the info. This answers a lot of questions. As you say, its important that we concentrate on the content and not fiddling with the site.

I think a new version of WP has just come out.

Thanks

Steve

 

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Like the layout and larger headlines. Which theme are you using?

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Like the layout and larger headlines. Which theme are you using for WordPress?

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Hi,

I'm using WP-Prolific designed by Solostream (solostream.com).

It has worked very well for me, and I've found their support-forum help very responsive (and patient).

They also have a number of other similar ... but different themes.

My theme has just one tweak, which is my "Latest News" box (which Solostream calls Featured) is just a tad bigger than they have it set.

I wanted the top stories to stand out a bit more from the stories below it.

The tweak, which I did under their instruction, simply required pasting in a bit of code in one of the CSS files.

Hope this helps.

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Michael

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I've been using Jommla for about a year now and have my website about where I want it but I remain unimpressed by the tech support for Joomla -- which can be buggy -- as well as my template provider Gavick Pro. So I'm looking about -- but not frantically -- for someting simpler to use and with better support. If you don't mind my picking your brain a bit, after I install Wordpress on my site and upload a theme, must I create the layout of the pages using a control panel or is that code already included in the theme? I starting from scratch here and any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Any sources of information you could recommend that I could peruse might also be helpful.

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