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Migration from Wordpress to CodeIgniter

#1
Hello everyone,

I am the webmaster of some websites (most of them are mine and some are client's projects) running mostly on Wordpress and Joomla.

I am quite frustrated with continuous and time consuming Wordpress updates and the security issues regarding both wordpress and joomla websites.   Two of my websites were already hit by hackers, although I use only paid themes and plugins and never install any cracked software, in the wordpress case due to outdated plugins, and in the Joomla case due to Joomla's built-in lack of strong security.

I plan to switch the websites to other platforms, and I am currently looking at CodeIgniter and Drupal.  Since Drupal is in the same category as wordpress and joomla, I would surely prefer a platform like CodeIgniter for the platform switch.

So I come here to ask a few questions before migrating:

1. Is CodeIgniter a really strong platform regarding security?
2. Do I have to update any themes, or plugins or whatever every now and then like I do in Wordpress ?
3. Is there a plugin or any way to migrate the existing websites to CodeIgniter without paying a fortune or getting a master degree in computing?
4. Can this migration be done in a SEO friendly way without loosing my current google rankings?

Thank you very much in advance for your time and patience.
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#2
@sage12,

Welcome.

Wow! You asked some very specific questions and I'm quite sure you will get lots of answers. I will give you my two cents to your questions.

1. CI (CodeIgniter) is a framework not a CMS (Content Management System) like Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. You have a choice of building your own CMS or using a CMS built on the CI framework. That being said CI takes bugs and security issues seriously just like any other framework does and has put procedures in place to handle security issues ( https://hackerone.com/codeigniter & https://www.codeigniter.com/user_guide/g...y#security ).

2. If you use third party themes and plugins to build your site then yes, you will have to update them every now and then. Remember, software is always changing which includes viruses too! NOTE: CI does releases as well. Current stable version ( https://github.com/bcit-ci/codeigniter/releases ).

3. Doing a search on Google goes give you some suggestions ( https://www.google.com/search?q=migrate+...fox-b-1-ab ). Just make sure that you are using the current stable release of CI.

4. CI is very flexible when it comes to SEO friendly links.


P.S. While I'm a big fan of CI I would feel remiss if I didn't mention that there are other CMS's that are on a much smaller scale that can do the same work ( https://www.slant.co/topics/5409/~php-cms & https://www.cmscritic.com/awards/ & https://www.google.com/search?safe=activ...3pyEcgjXJM ).
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1. Is CodeIgniter a really strong platform regarding security? Yes

2. Do I have to update any themes, or plugins or whatever every now and then like I do in Wordpress ? Not really, but you've goto develop them.

3. Is there a plugin or any way to migrate the existing websites to CodeIgniter without paying a fortune or getting a master degree in computing? No. You've got to do a lot of programming.

4. Can this migration be done in a SEO friendly way without loosing my current google rankings? Yes


I'd stick with WordPress unless you're willing to do a lot of work. Converting to Drupal is going to give you the same issues. Drupal is also more complicated than WordPress but it's a better CMS.
Simpler is always better
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