I have a WordPress site that I’ve been maintaining since 2005, and have the latest version of WordPress. The site, though stable over the years, has had some issues, and I’d like to clean it up and apply a new coat of paint.
The site is at velanche.com.
One issue that’s been bugging me for a few years is that it’s incapable of theme previews or manual maintenance mode. But really, I’d like to refresh the site.
This is what I’d like to do…
- Have a new URL for the site.
- Use the old/current content, even if I have to export/import the content back in.
- Gut out the WP installation (/wordpress), except maybe for wp-config.php.
- Install a fresh WP package. Note: I am currently working on my new theme via MAMP, with the intention of creating a child theme from the Twenty Thirteen theme. My current theme, about 4-5 years old, is outdated and has been modified too much to be of use as a parent theme.)
- Activate the Twenty Thirteen theme, and then replace it with the child theme created in MAMP, along with new header graphics.
Now the one thing that’s a big unknown to me is this: for testing purposes, on the MAMP that I installed on my Mac a few days ago, I imported the WP content from my hosted site. I noticed that for my podcast posts, there are no links to them, which makes sense in that I do not have PowerPress installed on MAMP. My concern is that with the URL change, and what I’m doing above, somehow I can break the legacy/current podcast links when all is said and done. Needless to say, that will be a mess. I’d like to avoid that. Note that for my podcasts, I’m currently using Feedburner.
The above seems sound to me, but if you can poke some potential pitfalls that you can see, I’m open to suggestions. Also, if you can offer any perspective on the PowerPress front, that would be helpful.
Thanks so much for reading!
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