>What tools can be used to generate WP pages? Did you use any, or were the pages hand coded? (brand new to WP, interested in using it to build a site)
I took my existing content and cut/pasted it manually into new pages. Working on a Mac, I use BBEdit, so that I can edit files off the remote server via FTP.
In some cases, where I need to tweak an existing element, such as a list or a table, I'll toss it into Mozilla Composer long enough to draft a new version, and then take it back into BBEdit for hand work.
I'm faster working this stuff by hand, and it allows me to tweak the content to WPs liking - I already know PHP, having worked with it for the last few years, so all I had to learn was a few WP specific tags.
I have 5 main topics, and 37 sub-topics, that amount to around 200 pages if you turn Acrobat loose on the site.
Once it's in the database, I can use SQL for global changes - I prefer to work such edits directly, instead of going thru the WP interface.
For images...all mine were reused from the static site. I simply used quicktags to markup individual page contents.
Having a reliable search that included pages added an additional level of editing capability, as I can locate URLs as well as normal content. I use Stattrack to monitor backend activity, and if I see anything broken I can search and fix it fairly quickly.
I'm at the point now where hits have stablized and I have enough logs so I can watch user trends. I try to spot busier pages and work to make them easier to access, as an example.
I've recently started to cross-link my content to reflect user's path-logic to make it easier for them to find information specific to their issues. I try to never assume they will move thru the info in the same manner as I would, and I want to cater to different approaches as best I can.