I am looking for some advice for migrating an existing blog to WordPress.com - and I think it's a bit of a complicated situation, so any of your help would be appreciated.
Basically, I am working with a non-profit organization (let's call them nonprofitx.com) that has a blog, with a few podcasts, and it's hosted on a dedicated Linux server with Movable Type Version 3.2, PHP 4.x, MySQL 3.x … so basically all outdated stuff.
The nonprofit received this dedicated server space as a donation due to their podcasts' size and bandwidth requirements, so while they have the server, they don't have a technical person to help them administer it from day-to-day.
This is where I came in as a volunteer.
Recently, Non-Profit X started looking at updating their web design - and as part of the same exercise I took a look at the server and realized how outdated everything is. So the obvious first idea would be to back everything up, upgrade Linux, php, mysql, movable type, and bring the content back in. However, that's a major operation beyond my skill level and time.
I also looked at their requirements and realized that they don't really need to use self-hosting for their blog. They don't really use any advanced features, except for the need to still ftp audio files to their server and link to them…
So with all of that background, here are my thoughts/questions.
1) WordPress.com ?
If they use WordPress.com, then going forward they will never have to manage their blog server again (for years). To customize their web design, we can activate a simple theme, buy the Custom CSS upgrade, and put our own CSS over the HTML. The only headache in this case is blog content migration. Plus, I don't think there is a "hosted" Movable Type that is similar to WordPress.com. (Correct me if I'm wrong)
2) What about the domain?
I know that if I buy the Domain Name upgrade, I can point http://www.nonprofitx.com to my new wordpress.com site and have it look like everything is under nonprofitx.com , but is that the best way? Should I consider blog.nonprofitx.com or something instead, because….
3) What about the existing podcast content? What about the feeds?
The existing podcast feeds are located at http://www.nonprofitx.com/feeds/podcast/blah , so if I mapped http://www.nonprofitx.com to WordPress, will these feeds be broken? Secondly, the mp3 files themselves are located in http://www.nonprofitx.com/.../audio/ as well, will they have the same issue?
Ultimately, it would be best if everything - wordpress.com content and audio content, or even customized, ftp'ed content is all under "www.nonprofitx.com" - but is that possible?
What are your thoughts and experiences? What is the best migration path that I should be taking here?