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02-13-2018, 12:31 AM
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Before I started dabbling in video, and even still to this day in fact, my Big Hobby was classic passenger trains. I amassed quite a collection of copies of the Official Guide of the Railways; essentially the one-stop national timetable for every railroad passenger line in the country between 1868 and the 1980s.

I took some of those timetables and put them online in a site I call Streamliner Schedules. I haven't added any new content in over a year, but I'm not abandoning the site. I'd like to convert the HTML pages which I created myself to a modern content management system; possibly WordPress but preferably Drupal. However, I'm a neophyte with both platforms.

I'm hesitant to outsource this work to any of the "services" which continually flood my public email inbox, mainly because I'm not sure of what critters might end up in the code which I don't know about. I wouldn't mind paying someone a reasonable fee to develop a custom template or set thereof, but I'd like to do most of the work of converting myself. Any suggestions or recommendations for trustworthy developers?
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How many HTML pages does the site have?

Looking at it, I see pages nested down quite a bit. I'm not sure how deep that rabbit hole is.

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Most of the content is nested four levels deep; Home Page >> Major Directory >> Sub Directory >> Content. But there is also an additional level for "extras"...pictures, PDF scans, etc.

I lost count of the number of pages some time ago, but I've got approximately 200 different train timetables up now.
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For non-DIY, what sort of budget would you have for getting this done?

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Probably in the $1000 range for developing templates and such. But not right now; I've just spent all my discretionary funds!

I could go a little higher over time; I know there's quite a bit of content. But not a whole lot higher.
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