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[resolved] Moving blog to existing website (4 posts)

  1. kylesteed
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hello,

    I know this question has been asked before but I wanted to see what kind of support I would get from asking myself.

    I have an existing XHTML/CSS website up (http://www.kylesteed.com) and I would like to find out what is the best way to integrate my blog. So I have a few questions I'd like to start out asking:

    #1 - How difficult would it be to re-create my existing website in WP and run my website from there?

    #2 - How difficult would it be to create my own WP template that matches my existing site and still keep it separate from my website?

    #3 - How difficult is it to import my WP blog into my existing site, and is that even possible?

    Thanks in advance to any and everyone that helps me out. Also, I'm a novice in PHP and am looking at taking a class on it in the Spring. But in the meantime I want to see how much I can learn on my own.

    -Kyle

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    1. Not too hard, your existing site is not all that complex. Few static Pages and some custom menu work would do it. Should take a programmer experienced with WordPress no more than a day or two.

    2. Not too hard either, the XHTML is pretty straightforward. Doesn't look like you'd need much for the main pages, you may need a custom Page Template for some of the subpages.

    3. I don't really understand the question.

    I'd start here if I were you:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

    Focus on taking one of your existing pages (the first one) and turning it into a theme. Basically, you're going to break the html into sections (header, footer, main content, etc) and then replace bits of it with bits of PHP code. Writing a theme is not that hard, really.

  3. kylesteed
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks. Yeah, my site isn't complex, but I like it that way. I just want to add my blog to it to give more functionality.

    In my third question I am trying to understand if it's possible to take my WP blog and place that code into my existing XHTML/CSS code. And would it even be worth it?

    Thanks again.

  4. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    In my third question I am trying to understand if it's possible to take my WP blog and place that code into my existing XHTML/CSS code. And would it even be worth it?

    Oh. No, you'd be better off replacing the site with a WordPress site entirely via #1 and #2. The "blog" does not have to be the front page of the site.

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