Continuing onto Part 5 of my migration from WordPress to MVC 4, I dove into Content, Comments and Routing tonight. (Other Posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4). First thing I did tonight was add a new route to handle pages in the same way WordPress does (YYYY/MM/DD/) for several reasons, though my primary reason is to retain all of the links from the existing WordPress site - something I'd highly suggest you consider doing as well. As noted the other night, your MVC Routing is contained in your Global.asax.cs file. Below is the route I added to accept the same format as WordPress:
routes.MapRoute("ContentPageRoute", "{
", new {
    controller = "Home", action = "ContentPage"}
); ]]>
Be sure to put it before the Default Route otherwise the route above will not work. After I got the Route setup, I went back into my _Layout.cshtml and updated the header links to pull from a SQL Table and then return the results to the layout:
<div class="HeaderMenu"> <nav> <ul id="menu"> <li>@Html.ActionLink("home", "Index", "Home")</li> @{
     foreach (bbxp.lib.Objects.MenuItem menuItem in @Model.Base.MenuItems) {
     <li>@Html.ActionLink(@menuItem.Title, "ContentPage", "Home", new {
    pagename = @menuItem.URLName}
, null)</li> }
</ul> </nav> </div> ]]>
Further down the road I plan to add a UI interface to adjust the menu items, thus the need to make it programmatic from the start. Next on the list was actually importing the content from the export functionality in WordPress. Thankfully the structure is similar to the actual posts so it only took the following code to get them all imported:
if (item.post_type == "page") {
     var content = eFactory.Contents.Create(); content.Active = true; content.Body = item.encoded; content.Created = DateTime.Parse(item.post_date); content.Modified = DateTime.Parse(item.post_date); content.PostedByUserID = creator.ID; content.Title = item.title; content.URLSafename = item.post_name; eFactory.Contents.Add(content); eFactory.SaveChanges(); continue; }
With some time to spare, I started work on the Comments piece of the migration. Immediately after the Post creation in the Importer, I added the following to import all of the comments:
foreach (var comment in item.GetcommentRows()) {
     var nComment = eFactory.PostComments.Create(); nComment.Active = true; nComment.Body = comment.comment_content; nComment.Created = DateTime.Parse(comment.comment_date); nComment.Modified = DateTime.Parse(comment.comment_date); nComment.PostID = post.ID; nComment.Email = comment.comment_author_email; nComment.Name = comment.comment_author; eFactory.PostComments.Add(nComment); eFactory.SaveChanges(); }
And now that there were actual comments in the system, I went back into my partial view for the Posts and added the code to display the Comments Link and Total properly:
<div class="CommentLink"> @{
     object commentLink = @bbxp.mvc.Common.Constants.URL + @Model.PostDate.Year + "/" + @Model.PostDate.Month + "/" + @Model.PostDate.Day + "/" + @Model.URLSafename; <h4><a href="@commentLink">@Model.NumComments @(Model.NumComments == 1 ? "Comment" : "Comments")</a></h4> }
</div> ]]>
After getting the Comments Count displayed I wanted to do some refactoring on the code up to now. Now that I've got a pretty good understanding of MVC architecture I started to create Base objects. The commonly pulled in data for instance (Tag Cloud, Menu Items, Archive List etc.) I now have in a BaseModel and pulled in a BaseController. After which all Controllers inherit. I cut down on a good chunk of code and feel pretty confident as time goes on I will be able to expand upon this baseline architecture very easily. [caption id="attachment_2032" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Migration Project <span classas of Part 5" width="300" height="115" class="size-medium wp-image-2032" /> Migration Project as of Part 5[/caption] So what is on the plate next? Getting the Comments displayed, the ability to post new comments and in the back end email people upon a new comment being entered for a particular post.