There are many trends and fads that come and go in the web development market just as there are elsewhere in business. At Ten Ten Studios we field all sorts of questions from clients that are often times driven by fads.
From time to time we have been tasked with creating a site that is easy for site administrators to manage but which uses data from an existing source -- either from an older site or from another offline data source. While Drupal is always our first choice for the easy-to-manage part, data importing can be tricky because there are always a great many variables to be considered -- field type (text, numeric, date), field size (character limits), and relational linking are some good examples. Fortunately there are a few Drupal modules that can help.