Migrating legacy data to WordPress

With an increasing number of users migrating to WordPress, moving data from an existing CMS to WordPress has become an essential process in the transition. Although migrating small databases from another CMS can be done in a few hours, large databases can take days or even weeks.

In one of my recent endeavors of the same, I had to migrate a relatively small user database from an old CMS to WordPress. Although a small task, some points tripped me and took a little longer than planned. Below are some of the points and recommended tools to consider when migrating existing databases to WordPress.
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WordPress, “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page”

WordPress upgrades is a task most users do on a frequent basis,and most of the time it works flawlessly. But once in a while something goes wrong and WordPress doesn’t behave the way we expect. The most common complaint I see is the following error being thrown during wp-admin login after a WordPress database upgrade.

“You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page”

This innocuous message however is the source of many a wasted hours. Although there could be many reasons for the above message, the one I most often see cited is the inconsistency between WordPress prefix for the following values:
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Migrating WordPress domains quickly

Changing the domain name or URL of a WordPress site, whether from local server to a live or vice versa, can be a frustrating and time consuming task. One nice script I found helps ease that process considerately. WordPress-Domain-Changer is a simple PHP script that lets you quickly change domains of your WordPress installation.

The script basically works by replacing the old domain name strings in the ‘wp_options’ table with the new values. It will also replace any references to the old domain name in post content with the new domain name. Upload paths will also be changed.

Changing WordPress admin login error message

It can be surprising how easy it is to overlook security issues in software design. WordPress for example, after all the versions, still displays login error information that can be informative for a potential hacker. Rather than displaying a generic login error message, WordPress admin specifically displays whether a ‘username’ was entered wrong or a ‘password’ as the following screenshot shows.
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WordPress plugins to check for security threats

With WordPress installations on the rise, security threats are a common concern for users. Below is a small collection of WordPress plugins that I found adequate for use on most WordPress installations to keep security in check. As always security is not 100% achievable, but the following plugins will help you find any loopholes in your site and help you monitor for any security breaches.
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