Before you can start using the Workbench, you’ll need to register for a free trial.

You can use the full functionality of the Workbench, but as a trial user you will choose from a predetermined selection of sites to test migration. You will be limited to 50 pages for this testing. The sites you migrate as a trial user will be kept for two weeks, but you will not be able to deploy their databases.

The trial need only take 5 minutes. The initial site provisioning should take just under 2 minutes. You can take a few minutes to map your site, then the final migration should take about a minute.

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Signing up for a trial

  1. Go to the Sign up page.
  2. Type your email, username, password, name, organisation and phone number into the corresponding fields, and then click Sign up. You will need to use a email address.
  3. Activate your account through the verification email you have been sent.

The trial migration process

1. Analysis

Content Workbench crawls and returns all the pages that need to be mapped and migrated as well as all the supporting image and document items.

  • You simply input the name and URL and click ‘create’.


  • Content Workbench will analyse your existing site, map its structure and provision a govCMS ‘white site’.
  • You can then access the dashboard to start mapping your website’s content to your new govCMS site.


2. Mapping

Use the Workbench dashboard to perform page operations, create content extraction rules, and configure content types.

Page operations

  • To map your existing site to your new IA, you can add or delete pages and move them around in the hierarchy.


  • When adding a new page you can define the source URL from the source site, select a content type and assign any specific rules for that page.
  • At any point you can preview an existing page. The Workbench lets you edit the rules to be applied to an existing page or modify the content type and rules applied to multiple pages at once.

Rules and content types

  • Rules use a simple syntax to determine how content or other elements from the source site are to be treated. One creates a new rule, enters an expression, and then applies this rule to a field within a content type.


  • Content types are populated from the provisioned site. They include options such as ‘Standard Page’, ‘Blog Article’, ‘Event’, and so on. Content types have different rules for different content fields, which you can specify.
  • All pages identified with a specific content type will have its rules applied when they are migrated.


Site settings

  • Under site settings you can edit the site name and apply a logo.


3. Migration

When you are satisfied with the configuration, simply click ‘migrate’.

  • Pages are transformed through the rules and content types that you specify. They are then created as pages on a new site. Associated files and images are also brought across into the govCMS structure.
  • Internal links are resolved and a menu structure created to generate a complete and functioning govCMS white site.


Migration is an iterative process. You can return to PerformX® Content Workbench at any time to modify the mapping of your site and remigrate as many times as you wish.

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