Textpattern to WordPress Conversion

WordPress and Textpattern are two extremely popular blogging platforms and content management systems. Both have been available in some form since 2003, and both systems are open source.

Textpattern is often described as a blogging tool that strives to be a general-purpose CMS. It was originally developed by Dean White to publish Textism, his personal site, and it is written in PHP using a MySQL database back end.

WordPress, which was also first released in 2003, is also open source and is also written in PHP for use with MySQL. It offers a fully hosted version at WordPress.com and a self-hosted version at WordPress.org. WordPress.org is a good resource if you want to get your hands on the code, but, for the purposes of this discussion, we will focus on WordPress.com.

Of the two systems, WordPress is by far the most popular. More than 60 million sites use WordPress, and 22 percent of the top 10 million sites are among them. It offers numerous advantages over Textpattern, and the easiest way to add them all up for you is to run through a general side-by-side comparison of the two content management systems.


Software doesn’t get much more user friendly than the administrative back end of WordPress. It features a very clear and intuitive user interface with an extremely user-friendly dashboard. Every major feature of your site can be controlled with just a few clicks. The administrative interface was improved at the end of 2013, and an April 2014 update refined the user interface for image and media editing.

The administrative back end of TextPattern appears dated in comparison. If you have used it for a long time, you might consider it to be user-friendly, but the WordPress dashboard is much simpler to use.

Themes and Plugins

WordPress and Textpattern both offer themes and plugins that allow you to customize your site, but WordPress has a far greater number of each. WordPress offers more than 2,500 free themes while TextPattern has less than 20. There are over 31,500 plugins available for WordPress. Textpattern has slightly over 1,000 plugins available.

The huge disparity in these numbers can probably be attributed to WordPress’ clear superiority in site volume. With so many sites powered by WordPress, and because it is open source software, it’s understandable that far more themes and plugins have been written for WordPress than Textpattern.

Platform Usability

The What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get style editor of WordPress makes editing simple and intuitive. It comes with a version optimized for mobile applications and is fully integrated with the social widgets that drive traffic to your site. It is very easy for you to share to Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedln with WordPress.

Although the Textpattern editor is not as user-friendly as WordPress’ WYSIWYG style, you are probably accustomed to it if you have been using it for very long. If you are comfortable with Textile, you might not see anything wrong with the Textpattern editor, but you will be amazed by the simplicity of editing with WordPress. Textpattern is also integrated with social widgets, and you probably already share to social media with little difficulty. Where you will see a big difference is in the usability for mobile applications. You will find WordPress to be far more flexible in this area.

Active Development

Textpattern was last updated with the release of version 4.5.5 in October of 2013. WordPress also released a new version, 3.7, in October of 2013. WordPress then released version 3.8 in December of 2013, version 3.9 in April of 2014, and version 4.0 in August of 2014. While development in both WordPress and Textpattern is ongoing, WordPress is updated on a far more frequent basis. Both systems have a strong community base, and there are plenty of user forums for each, but WordPress is obviously undergoing more development than Textpattern.

Switching To WordPress From Textpattern

WordPress offers clear advantages over Textpattern in functionality, themes and plugins, and the usability for mobile applications. It also receives more development attention than Textpattern, and it is reasonable to assume that future developments will bring even more advantages.

Still, if you are already using Textpattern and are comfortable with it, migrating your entire site to WordPress might seem to be more trouble than the end result, no matter how easy to use, is worth. That is an understandable concern, but it is one we can easily put to rest.

HTM2wp.com will convert your Textpattern site to WordPress without disturbing your active site in any way. Everything will remain up and running, business as usual, until we have made the conversion and given you ample opportunity to test the replacement site. Whenever you are completely satisfied, we publish your new WordPress-powered site to your domain and take down the old Textpattern version.

When we say “completely satisfied,” we mean it. HTM2wp.com offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on the conversion. We will produce an exact copy of your site – or an improved version, if there are any changes you would like us to make during the conversion – powered by WordPress. On the front end, you will not be able to see the difference. If you aren’t satisfied with the conversion, there will be no charge.

Contact us today to talk about the benefits of having us convert your Textpattern site to WordPress.

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