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Room 307

Automating CMS Migration

Monday, Oct 22 9:30 - 10:15

Presented by Sean Flynn

Thinking about changing content management systems, but terrified of all the content you’d have to migrate?

In this presentation you’ll learn how William & Mary Advancement wrote automated processes to migrate five websites with hundreds of pages from a legacy CMS to Hannon Hill’s Cascade, using tools and techniques you can use to power your own migration.

This presentation will cover the whole process: strategic planning, preparing your legacy website for migration, exporting and importing your content via web scraping and REST APIs, and checking your results. You’ll also hear about lessons W&M Advancement learned during our migration — so you don’t have to make our mistakes.



Sean Flynn

Web Developer

Sean Flynn is a higher ed programmer with a passion for disassembling complex problems into solvable problems. He's wrangled code for Northwest Florida State College, Penn State, and HigherEdJobs. He's currently a web developer with William & Mary Advancement, and is the producer and host of the W&M alumni podcast "Loved of Old." When he’s not at HighEdWeb, you can find him escaping to the mountains of Virginia on his motorcycle.