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Will WordPress installation overwrite existing site design? (11 posts)

  1. bartlby
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am going to add WordPress to my clients existing site url. (hosted by NetFirms, using their WordPress installation)
    There is already an existing design for the url.
    Will installing WordPress damage/negate/break the existing design?

    I would like to be prepared to correct the site immediately (set aside a few hours) if the installation of WordPress alters the existing design - so that the client's site is not down for an extended period of time.

    Thank you!
    B

  2. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It will be best to install wordpress in folder of its own as your client site is using index file and wordpress has index.php file and you can not have two index files in any folder.

  3. wordbill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am also interested in this issue because much of my work now is converting non-Wordpress sites to WordPress.

    Having a separate WordPress directory makes sense in terms of setup, but I don't really want wordpress as part of the url structure once I'm ready to go live, for SEO purposes, mainly.

    But if I set a test/development site in the WordPress directory, then copy the files over to the root directory and import the database from the WordPress directory, I get 404 errors because WP is looking for pages with "wordpress" in the url.

    Do I just do development in the root directory, with "noindex nofollow" tags, then do 301 redirects from the old system when I'm ready to go live?

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I don't really want wordpress as part of the url structure

    See Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory.

  5. wordbill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    right, but I don't think that's the issue.

    I created a full development system in the wordpress directory, when I go to transfer it to the root directory and import the database with all the content in it to the root, I get 404 errors because the database I set up in the wordpress directory and the pages are named wordpress/pagename, not /pagename.

  6. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Did you change the urls in Settings General and reset your permalinks

  7. wordbill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have a development directory with pages like this:

    http://nbyne.com/sandbox/structural-monitoring

    How do I now get it to run in the root domain? If I install WP in the root domain, I will create a new database with no data. If I import the database from /sandbox it will have /sandbox as part of the url.

    I want the new url to be http://nbyne.com/structural-monitoring

    Thanks for your help.

  8. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    As is do you have http://nbyne.com/sandbox in Settings General on both urls

    I see that you have one of your page as structural-monitoring do you want that to be your home page as the home as is different http://nbyne.com/sandbox/

  9. wordbill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, currently http://nbyne.com/sandbox is the url in both instances in General Settings.

    The home page currently is http://nbyne.com/sandbox/ and in production would be http://nbyne.com/

    Should I change the site url to http://nbyne.com/?

    Thank you again for your support.

  10. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Do not change them urls as it will break your website.
    Is there any way to meet on skype so that I can understand and help you. My skype id is govindjip

  11. wordbill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    yes I am billvalentinenyc on skype

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