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Time to give up on my site migration to Wordpress?

     
7:18 pm on Feb 16, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I've been in what may be the longest migration process to Wordpress in the history of Wordpress. After years of talks, last year I began working with a design company to work on a custom theme that would meet the needs of my site. Now, with the theme completed, I am inputting all of my site content and am now discovering all of these issues that I've never had problems with my html site:

1) images on certain posts can't show alt tags
2) the page URL structure is an inconsistent mess
3) duplicate meta info on archive pages. ie. One term will have 4 archive pages (reviews, photo galleries, hotels, guides). Right now we can only customize the reviews page, so that is the meta info that also appears on the photo galleries, hotels and guide archives.

At this point, I think even the design company has given up.

The migration is happening only because I need to upgrade one section of my web site - the user reviews - which is currently in an asp database. I have always wanted to keep it split into my html section and the database for reviews. Since the design company originally provided me with the psd to html files, I feel like I should go with my original preference and split the site because clearly my site is too complicated for Wordpress.

So my question is for those of you who work with Wordpress frequently or have had similar problems in Wordpress not working for your needs. Has there ever been a point where you had to acknowledge that Wordpress was not suitable for your site and pulled the plug on the project? Am I alone in this?

Thanks!
7:24 pm on Feb 16, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I don't think the problem is WordPress, I think it is your custom theme. The issues you are having rarely, if ever come up on the WordPress sites I have created. It sounds to me like the devs had no idea what they were doing. What was so special about this custom theme that made you choose to use it?
8:00 pm on Feb 16, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Oh...If that's true, that this is even more disappointing. Its not that I choose it, the theme was built specifically for the site.
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I actually meant why would you need to hire a theme developer when there are already many solutions that fit most needs including themes and plugins. You can go to wordpress.org and find reputable developers along with reviews and comments as well as tech support on each.
6:03 pm on Feb 17, 2015 (gmt 0)

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And if the developer followed the CODEX there shouldn't be any issues. My guess is they missed something.

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Thanks! It seems to be a fairly large experienced company, so I don't think it is that they don't know what they are doing. I think I will just have someone not connected to the project have a look at it.
6:16 pm on Feb 17, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Oh, and the reason I went with a custom theme as I had about 65 different page templates, user reviews and profiles. Its not a simple site.