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Converting Static Site to WP with Blog Integration (8 posts)

  1. mondolizzie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have a static website with a blog. http://lizzieandrewborden.com (Static), http://lizzieandrewborden.com/MondoLizzie/ (blog)

    I would like to convert my static site to WP. I have studied how to and feel that this is a good move for lots of reasons.

    My question is how does the wp blog that is already in the static site integrate with the master wp site? Do I need to use Mulitisite? Or can I simply add the existing blog as a page on the master WP?

    Thank you in advance!

  2. You can either just turn your existing blog into multisite, but ... I would recommend making a new blog, as multisite, in your http://lizzieandrewborden.com/ domain, and then export/import MondoLizzie as a sub site. Unless you want the blog to be the main part of the site :)

  3. mondolizzie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you Ipstenu!

    I did forget to mention that I have a forum as well in a subdomain of my main site that is still static. So the blog and the forum are separate folders in the root.

    I was thinking of turning the existing static into a wordpress site, as you recommend. It is a big site, so it will take quite some time to transfer it, page by page. I saw a vid on how to do this and wpqueen said that I could do it by first uploading WP to a file in the root, calling it say "test1" and do the transferring behind the scenes, then move it to root when it is ready.

    So when I do this, can I set up another wordpress site, thus having two databases (well, three if you count the forum)? If so, will this foul me up when I do the integration?

  4. Moving a MultiSite is harder than moving single site. AND you cannot run MultiSite out of a subdirectory like you can single site.

    Give that it does take a while, you could just convert the main page, and keep the rest of the old static site as-is, until you port 'em all over.

  5. mondolizzie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Do you mean by doing this?

    "Install WordPress in the root of this domain.
    Immediately copy the Index.html to the WP Theme (whichever theme you are using) folder, and rename it Home.php
    At this point, your site will look to the world just like it always did. WordPress will automatically use the home.php page as the default, and now you can go about putting it all together. You should have no broken links or any worries about redirects."

    Then work on porting each page to WP?

    I have WP installed at a subdirectory blog. When I install WP at root, am I not creating another set of tables? If so, do I export the old blog and import it to the new root WP install? Then get rid of the old database so I can implement mutisite?

  6. Yes. :)

    The problem with coming up with moving plans is that I don't really know how YOU want to run your site. What layout you want etc.

    I would assume this.

    1) http://lizzieandrewborden.com/ will become a WordPress run version of your OLD static site
    2) http://lizzieandrewborden.com/MondoLizzie should remain as is.

    The easiest way I can think of to do that is to make a subsite called MondoLizzie2 (just for now!) and export from MondoLizzie via the built in WordPress exporter. Then you import it into MondoLizzie2 (which is run from your Multisite at http://lizzieandrewborden.com/ ) making sure to import all your images! Delete MondoLizzie's folders, files and database, rename MondoLizzie2 to MondoLizzie, and have a blast.

  7. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/import-html-pages/
    to make your life a wee bit easier.

  8. mondolizzie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you all. I have had success in creating the main multisite in the root and having the home page be as it was. Now I will transfer the site, using the HTML import plugin that Andrea linked to.

    One question: I created the static site with Dreamweaver, and I see in the plugin it gives me the option of clicking that. But then I have to enter the name of editable region. Can I import the site that was created in Dreamweaver without clicking on Dreamweaver?

    I guess it is time to experiment. And read the instructions again!

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