Can WordPress be laid out to look like my current html site? (5 posts)

  1. Hank Hale
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Desperately looking for an answer to a (probably) basic question. I've been looking all over and the general consensus is that wordpress is easy and customizable. I am looking to replace my current html website (designed in iweb) with wordpress so that I can conveniently make updates without having to call someone else to make the minor changes.

    Can wordpress mimic my existing website structure?
    Front page has one column (http://bit.ly/QtRhmA),
    another page has a gallery type view (http://bit.ly/UZ1sPa),
    and others have something I could only describe as an offset layout (http://bit.ly/1061Uk6).

    I'm guessing that if it is possible, I will need a custom built theme or need to learn coding (css?). Or is there any chance that I can make these sort of adjustments through the dashboard with common themes?

    Thank you for your patience,


  2. Drachsi
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Seasons Greetings,
    What I did is run my old html site and a WP installation side by side. I then added a Blog and new pages in the WP installation. Keeping the existing site maintains your listing in search engines. To see how I did it. please see Drachsi.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Andrew Nevins
    Forum moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm guessing that if it is possible, I will need a custom built theme or need to learn coding (css?).

    The customisations available through the dashboard of customisable themes are unlikely to support the modifications necessary to replicate your website. If you have any CSS-specific queries, consider CSS-specific forums.

    If you don't know coding already, try grabbing a similar theme off WordPress.org
    and modifying one to suit your design.

    Note: When modifying themes you've not customly built, you should do-so within a Child Theme or the Jetpack plugin's Custom CSS functionality.

  4. Hank Hale
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you. Both answers are very helpful.

    Drachsi- I'm understanding that you have a html home page, and other pages are created with wordpress but share the same root url, correct? So if you released a new product, you would just add a new wordpress page? Sounds like what I'm looking to do.

    Andrew- I'll look into creating a child theme. Hopefully I can figure it out on my own without having to hire someone. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.

  5. Hank Hale
    Posted 3 years ago #


    To achieve this sort of offset format where the photos (left) and text (right) are next to each other in one section, then in the next section below it, they are reversed (text on left and photo on right), would this be achieved with columns, or would there be widget areas within the content area that allows me to basically put photos (and videos) of different sizes anywhere I like?

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