Evaluation icon Evaluate
← Back to Schedule
Room 307

Automating CMS Migration

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.