Sitecore: Tips & Techniques on Data Migration into sitecore cms
Now it’s common to migrate data
from existing database to sitecore Items.
We had a same requirement, one
of my client wanted to migrate their old web site(that was in SQl server
database) to Sitecore 7.0.
The challenge was to
migrate around 20k events items, 30k news,40k publications etc along with media
items like PDFS,Audio,Videos,Images etc into sitecore.
So after giving many
efforts/time, getting help from sitecore, re-coding the utility, we found some
take away points, from this data migration utility.
So here I want to share my
experience that may be useful to you and save your time,
below are the key points
that should be take care at the time of creation the data migration utility.

  • Disable all indexes during the migration
  • Wrap the your custom logic into: SecurityDisabler(),
    EventDisabler(), ProxyDisabler()
  • Create store procedure in Sql server instead of direct
  • Create web API( controllers) to run the utility instead of
    separate page or any other technology(get rid of the time out problem)
  • Divide the data into parameter functions, instead to run
    utility as whole divide it into chunks that would call through controller.
  • Logging the utility, log record and exception so that it
    would be traced if needed.
  • Write the utility in such a way that would easily updated
    instead of deleting all item and re-run(it’s really very time consuming).
  • Use proper check like DBNULL and not null condition in code.
  • Assign item id for reference field include media items.
  • Use ProposeValidItemName
    function while creating item,More Detail
  • Proper handling for date field. I am enclosing the code
  • Use optimize way to create media items like
    image,pdf,videos,More detail
  • Skip the item that create error and log properly instead of
    application crash.
  • Effectively handle folder creation, don’t create more than
    100 items under one folder, create the folder on basis of some logic like
    Year,Month,date or Bucketable folder etc.

Below are the some code snippets:
Get data from Store
procedure in c#:
public DataTable GetSPData(string spName, string parentFolder, string childFolder)
            string connString =” your
connection string “
            string sql = spName;
            SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(connString);
                SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter();
                da.SelectCommand = new SqlCommand(sql, conn);
                da.SelectCommand.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
                if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(parentFolder) == false && string.IsNullOrEmpty(childFolder)
new SqlParameter(“@parameter name”, parentFolder));
                    da.SelectCommand.Parameters.Add(new SqlParameter(“@parameter name,
                DataSet ds = new DataSet();
                da.Fill(ds, “result_name”);
                DataTable dt = ds.Tables[“result_name”];
                return dt;
(DataRow row in dt.Rows)
                //    //manipulate your data
            catch (Exception ex)
            return null;
Get and create
sitecore Item C#

  public Item GetAndCreateItem(string ItemName, TemplateItem currentTemplate, Item parentItem)
                                if (parentItem != null)
                    Item childItem =
                    if (childItem != null)
                        return childItem;
                        using (new SecurityDisabler())
                            childItem =
ItemUtil.ProposeValidItemName(ItemName), currentTemplate);
                            return childItem;
            catch (Exception ex)
            return null;
Custom Loggingin sitecore


I hope this post would useful to you regrading data migration into sitecore.

Happy Coding !!

2 Replies to “Sitecore: Tips & Techniques on Data Migration into sitecore cms”

  1. data migration as a service, as well as efficient transferring tools, is becoming suitable for customers. I had consulted your company to get the perfect solutions, which had helped me in transferring the data from one source to another without getting any disturbance.

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