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can wordpress help me to update an existing website ? (4 posts)

  1. sophiebernhard
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have to take care of an existing website and have never done this before. Particularly, my first task is to add a page to the site. Is WordPress going to be helpful for me ?

    I don't have the first idea about that and really need a bit of help.

    Thank you!!

  2. Dgold
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    what's the site look like now? how is it put together / coded?

    I think you would most likely either, (1) replace the existing website with an awesome new website you make in wordpress with a free Theme, or, (2) you can make a nice WP blog and link it from your old site, such as yoursite.com/blog

  3. ninjaboy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It really depends how the existing site is coded, as Dgold said.

    WordPress is a really good platform for websites, not just blogs! Just by using the page feature, instead of post feature, you can create yourself a very efficient website! Content management systems can be FAR too complex for most websites (I know from experience!) and WordPress is easy to customise and add new functionality to... and did I mention the code is indeed poetry!

    First though - coding. Is the site just flat html files with all the individual pages and content sitting on the server, or is it using a content management system (database driven content) like WordPress? Who hosts the website, and does your hosting plan meet the requirements for WordPress.

    http://wordpress.org/about/requirements/

    If your site only has a few pages, it would be best to copy and paste all the text out into a simple text editor (DONT use Word, it will probably copy lots of hidden formatting and screw up when you copy and paste it into WordPress in the future!!). Then save out the images for each page content - not the buttons and 'interface' graphics... that will come next!

    WordPress uses a CSS based template system - if your current site uses CSS to control it's appearance, you should be able to re-use much of the old layout file, simply creating a WordPress theme using your old CSS (may be an opportunity for a spring clean!). A simple theme really can be just a very small handful of files

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

    If you are lost at this point, I'd download a couple of themes and have a look at their files - some feature very complex code that do all sorts of clever stuff with option panels, and some are much simpler... the 'classic' theme that comes with WordPress is a simple theme and the 'default' theme is more complex.

  4. ninjaboy
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Here is a good link I came across today, it also features links to some informative resources all in one place.

    http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2005/09/28/designing-a-wordpress-theme-from-scratch/

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