Hi Ipstenu - here's what I have done as far as changing any code.
Set up WordPress, chose theme, set up Pages (Home, About, Museum, Library). Then set Permalinks (within Pages edit/quick edit) as follows:
Then, in the FTP, I set up folders within the WordPress folder as follows:
Each index.html contains redirect code, directing people to older parts of the site. Before adding WordPress, Steamboats.com was already several hundred pages long.
There is little other code that I have changed. I added some Widgets and Plug-ins, few of which are fully functioning.
In that WordPress options page you sent me (Settings, Permalinks), it gave me these options:
Day and name
Month and name
Custom Structure [I filled in: /about]
Maybe I should choose one of the above, not custom.
I write all the code for the site. Nobody else builds it, but people send me photos and things to post. I got WordPress to simplify the posting process.
Since I keep a log of all the postings, I want to be able to make back ups of anything that goes on the site through WordPress.
Any help would be appreciated. Here is my blog archive going back to 1998: http://steamboats.com/research/archive.html