I currently have a site running on a theme custom built for it as per specifications. The theme was built on a tight budget and has limited flexibility. The site is regarding What to Take to University and can be found at http://www.what2take.net
I now want to move this them to CStarDesign a premium theme on themeforest. However my issue is I will be reformatting my whole site and losing pages and merging pages so it is more user friendly.
I have done a large amount of SEO on the homepage and a few subpages, however the homepage is now going to be a landing page for the whole site and the homepage now will effectively be moving to /university. How can I retain the SEO already performed on the site and the pages or will I need to start from scratch again? (around 4-5 months work).
Also there is a large amount of custom html formatting in the site pages (due to the inflexibility of the custom theme) is there a way of running the site on the new theme offline to test it and edit it without bringing the whole thing down? Or will it be a case of backing up the whole site and importing the new theme and if it falls apart reinstalling the backup (Would I just download all the files on the FTP?).
I appreciate this is a long winded and more complex request than most the threads on the forum, however, thank you for taking the time to read it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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