This weekend I started to do the merge. This is merging my two Weather Website systems into one... so that I can retire the old one and move forward on the new one.
Whats being merged
For the most part, the newer site is taking prominence and the much older site is for the most part being dropped. There was a difference originally on where data came from for both sites.
The primary site www.tnetweather.com was built with Weather Display in mind and many scripts and templates were based off of that site. The format is quite old though and hard to work on.
The secondary site cumulus.tnetweather.com was built with Cumulus weather software in mind. It was a new way to do thing that I have continued to use for many other sites. Over time however, pieces of data have filtered in from the Weather Display system to offset info that was not available or not easily able to be obtained from Cumulus.
Its the same weather station, in this case a Davis Vantage Pro 2+. All data from it is managed by the same worn out XP workstation which collects the data and runs both Weather Display, Cumulus and a custom piece of software that I wrote. That workstation makes its data available and the updates are sent to the website approximately once a minute for most feed items.
Lots of behind the scenes Processes
It is actually amazing to me, just how many background processes I've created behind the scenes that make what looks like a simple website work. The merge will take each of the primary sites background processes and combine them into one set. In many cases, there are duplicates so there will end up being less.
When done merging...
When the merge is complete, the new website will take over the www.tnetweather.com URL and the old cumulus.tnetweather.com hostname will disappear.
Old sections of the old weather site may be moved over in a archive portion of the site as some of it is still quite popular for examples in scripting etc.. The rest will be archived and eventually end up on tape for long term storage.
Long time published links
Many of the long time indexed links by Google and other search engines will be redirected to the new content or point to the new archive locations once they are completed.