I've done quite a bit of research on this today, and I just want to confirm that I understand it all...
I have a site that i want to convert into a simple CMS-type site with blogging functionality. The normal static pages would be converted to WordPress "Pages". But i obviously don't want to lose our Google rankings when the URI changes.
It's my understanding that all i need to do is add a 301 redirect in an .htaccess file, like this:
redirect 301 /somepage1.html http://www.mysite.com/somecategory/somepage1
... plus i'd add more lines for all the other page redirects.
So now when someone finds the page in Google, the user gets redirected to the wordpress URI. And eventually when Google indexes the site again, it will permanently use the new URI info instead of redirecting the user.
Am i on the right track?