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Install in subdirectory or root folder pros and cons

  • I just installed a new WordPress blog. This WP installation is intended to be the main CMS for my site. I have created 6 redirects to pages on my old site which I moved to a sub-directory. That way I don’t lose year’s worth of incoming links.

    My site also has a sub-directory with it’s own DNS pointed to it as a totally different site and domain.

    My initial installation of WP has it living in the root folder. I just read this article on moving all the files to a sub-directory such as sitename.com/wordpress/ :

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

    I also use some subdirectories out of my root to host photos for forums and such. This means, that using the above option I could make things more tidy. I’m a bit worried about the consequences of doing that though.

    I’m sure WP will need to really on my .htaccess file to link properly. Given that I already have simple redirects in there to other pages concerns me.

    What are the pros and cons of doing this? Should I? Can I do that later? If I do that later, will permalinks get more complicated due to new redirects in the .htacess file?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Danny

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