Wet Paint! Global Human Capital on New Platform

Please Pardon the Dust and Stray Nails

The Global Human Capital Journal has just migrated from the open source Serendipity CMS to WordPress and into a new hosting space.  Unfortunately, we’ve experienced a few broken toes, bruised fingers and tooo much caffeine during the process, but we’re getting there! Read on for a blow-by-blow account on the migration thus far and where we’re going.

Navigating the site during the next couple of weeks will be (now not such) an adventure as the platforms do not have a structured migration process, and TLC must often be administered by hand. We are encountering numerous intermittent some issues with certain elements of the site and ask your forbearance while we make the tweaks necessary to get all the advanced features up and running. 

Reader’s Guide to Navigation

  1. External links will often be broken and land you on the front page, but the content is here. Use a couple of key words with the search in the upper right, and you will find what you’re looking for
  2. Internal links should fare better, but please expect some irregularity for a week or so
  3. Content may not appear as expected as there were intermittent XML export/import issues; we are fixing these by hand; some tables were mangled and need sanding and refinishing ,^)
  4. Most recent content in each category is being tweaked first 
  5. Categories and tags are intact
  6. Appearance/design will be the last item of attention; we will iterate improvements after navigation is intact
  7. I will keep you apprised of our progress here


  • 15 Feb 2009—xML transformation [iteration 1, probably missed a few things] completed; images now displaying; mostly eliminated code appearing in entries [i.e. “"”]; opportunistically corrected some tag calls [Serendipity: “/plugin/tag/filename” and WordPress: “?tag=filename”].
  • 15 Feb 2009—(p.m.) Thanks to a nifty WordPress Plugin, I have been able to fix most of the intra-site links, even though the transformation is not infallible, it fixed most of them. Once you are in the site, you should find that navigation has been largely restored now. The next hurdle is finding a solution for capturing/redirecting external links that now result in 404 (“Page not found”) errors.
  • 15 Feb 2009—(later p.m.) Okay, have the redirects and custom 404 page done to handle external link issues. Now we really have a site that can be called “functional” with some dents that we’ll correct one-by-one over the next few days. The next phase will address design.
  • 19 Feb 2009—Fixed sidebar text and formatting styles; now legible; workaround for cloud tag so no longer juts into entries; homogenized hover.
  • 22 Feb 2009—More small steps.. Fixed headers, date kickers and tables to size right and look congruent with other text elements. Starting to look more like our old self! Next up will be the backgrounds and borders; then need to get the category styles back.
  • 22 Feb 2009—Later.. got the backgrounds and borders whole; now on to the category templates! ;-D
  • Please let me know of any difficulties you may have: URL, what you tried to do and what did/didn’t happen.

Thank you for your patience and loyal readership. I invite you to email me with any unusual experiences or suggestions.

Best regards- Christopher S. Rollyson, Editor in Chief

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