Chris Price from www.shinymedia.com came to me and this time asked for transferring Brandish.Tv, one of their over 40 commercial blogs from TypePad to Movable Type.
The Shiny Media Brandish.Tv blog was based on TypePad and Chris Price wanted me to professionally take care of its transition to Movable Type. The move included all the files related to this blog (images etc.).
Imagine about having to transfer a Web site from typepad to movabletype which has 1901 public entries, 23 drafts, 2 pages in draft, 585 comments, 11 trackbacks, 2437 tags and 2184 images coming from a couple of URLs.
Switching from TypePad to Movable Type
Around middle of March 2008 I took this assigned and initiated the Brandish.tv relocation.
The technical details were pretty similar to the ones involved on moving the main company Web site (shinymedia.com) from typepad to movable type, in the sense that I had to do some templates work and to make sure the URLs are maintained.
You may know the discourse about maintaining the URLs which many technical people don't know how to program. I'm not going to repeat what I've mentioned about this and some other important technical details at http://www.pro-it-service.com/en/portfolio/shiny_media.html.
I would just like to say a few words about the job which took the most amount of time, and that was porting not less than 2184 images made of different formats, specifically .PNG, .GIF, .JPG and .JPEG.
Far the most difficult job was to identify the images, port the 75.9 MB collection of images and most importantly, updating the images source paths to the Brandish.tv domain.
These 2184 images that measured 75.9 MB were referenced from 4 different URLs, all relevant to the Brandish.tv implementation from typepad. The URLs were totally different!
Once the switching job was completed, the site pages were reachable at the same URLs, the tags have been ported as well, and I went ahead at doing some Quality Assurance (QA) testing.
The main test was to test the entire Web site and make sure that all the images were ported!
Once this job has been verified, I went ahead and checked some of the core movable type functions. As soon as this other job has been confirmed, I went ahead inside the Shiny Media Domain Registrar account and updated the DNS for Brandish.tv to point to the movable type server, rather than the typepad DNS where it was hosted.
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Brandish.tv Blog Project Screenshots
As I wasn't involved on any design work, I would like to limit at providing below only two screenshots, one for the home page and another for the internal articles Web page.
If you want to see the Web site in action, just go to www.Brandish.tv.
Brandish.tv Main Page
Brandish.tv Individual Article Web page
TypePad, Movable Type.
Contracting from Shiny Media Ltd, London, United Kingdom