Call for Volunteers – HelpHub Migration


As you might know from our meeting updates – HelpHub has taken awhile to finally materialise. One of the hurdles was working out a migration plan. Unfortunately, because of’s unique setup, we were not able to get things automated or even use WordPress’ import mechanisms.

This means that we actually need to specifically do manual migrations from the Staging site – to the Production spot

How are we doing it?

Specifically – we are doing the following

  1. Use the Copy All Content function of the Gutenberg editor on an article on the Staging site
  2. Paste it the content onto the Production site
  3. Do the same for the title and check the correct taxonomies
  4. In the case that it’s still using a Classic block, we’ll have to switch it to Gutenberg blocks
  5. Ensure that all media used (pdfs, images etc) are downloaded and re-uploaded back to
  6. Check it for irregularities
  7. Save the draft

You might be able to appreciate that it is a pretty tedious process. By the time you read this post, we should be up to 30 of 170 articles completed. Another 140 articles is a lot to migrate for a team of 5.

Why the rush?

We want HelpHub to be ready for the Gutenberg team to drop in their user documentation. Given that WordPress 5.0 is designated to ship November 19, we don’t have a lot of time left.

We don’t want to leave users in the cold. And you could help us.

What can I do?

If you have some copy pasting skills, a keen eye for detail and an hour free over the next 2 weeks; you can help us!

Drop @atachibana (who’s the Content Lead) a line with your account and registered e-mail address. He will sort you out with the correct access and the know how.

If you have any questions, just ask in #docs on Slack.


P.S. If you received this call of volunteers earlier, we accidentally published it earlier!