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    Hi,
    We currently have a dreamweaver site that i want to change to WordPress. I don’t care about keeping the design so i have created a new website with the same content (menu’s, pages) on a local host wordpress site.

    So both the local host files and the dreamweaver files are on my computer.

    How to I do about changing my dreamweaver site over to the new wordpress one so that I keep all of the links the same as the old ones. Currently we have a lot of links to pdfs. Do I need to move all of those pdfs to the wordpress folder first?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Unfortunately there is not a way to directly import content from a site created in Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver is just an application to help create websites, where as WordPress is a website application.

    You would need to install WordPress on your website – https://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

    Then you would upload your PDFs – https://codex.wordpress.org/Uploading_Files

    Then you’d need to create menus and link to the PDFs – https://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_SubPanel

    Further to danhgilmore’s advice. You will be able to copy / paste content from your dreamweaver pages into WordPress.

    You can code redirects into your .htaccess so that your old dreamwaever pages display the equivalent WordPress page. This will apart from anything else maintain whatever link rating you may have accumulated.
    However to maintain this rating you must be sure to use these same links within your website navigation, to do this you use “Appearance > Menus > Custom Links”. If you don’t do this, then google etc will find duplicate content on different URLs which they do not like. You have to decide if it is worth the trouble.

    Thanks,
    I don’t want to import my dreamweaver site. There arent many pages so I’m happy enough to copy all of the content across. However, I just want to check:
    Should I make the link names in my local WordPress site the exact same as the current live site.
    If so, could I just add the files from my local wordpress site to dreamweaver and just change the index page that links up to all of my new pages?

    I don’t want to import my dreamweaver site. There arent many pages so I’m happy enough to copy all of the content across. However, I just want to check:

    May I clarify what “copy all the content across” means ?
    – Does it mean copy the HTML files made in dreamweaver ?
    – Does it mean doing a copy/paste of the text and inserting the images from your Dreamweaver pages into newly created WordPres pages. ?

    Should I make the link names in my local WordPress site the exact same as the current live site.

    If you keep the names the same then they keep their google link juice.

    If so, could I just add the files from my local wordpress site to dreamweaver and just change the index page that links up to all of my new pages?

    More likely the other way around, WordPress depends upon running the index.php page itself, and it uses a lot of files and directories to orchestrate this.

    Advice that has appeared on other threads in this type of situation is that only use the Dreamweaver pages if there are a very few of them and they are specialised in their structure and function. Use too many of them and you will find yourself in a maintenance nightmare.

    I would only consider using the old pages as a site transition strategy. I once migrated a site to WordPress by approximating the colour scheme and page layout of the old pages in my WordPress theme, The homepage was new and linked to many of the existing galleries and biographies, however none of the old pages were maintained, all new pages and edits was done by creating page in WP, fortunately relic pages did not have extensive crosslinks, just links to home and categories, I used .htacccess redirects for category pages.

    Thanks Ross,
    Yes I have created new pages in wordpress and just copied and pasted across the text (there are very few images)
    The only content i will be using from my old files (on dreamweaver) are PDFs which don’t link back to my website anyway. So I’m planning on keeping the PDFs where they are and linking to them.
    I will not be using any of the old pages, however I want my new pages to have the same names or redirects as customers will have bookmarked certain pages.
    I don’t care about google ranking – people use direct links.

    So regarding the index page, i mean can i just delete the old one, replace it with the wordpress one. If I were to create a new page with the same same name, i would need to change the orignal file to /example_old or something?

    Sorry for so many questions – its just hard to find a solution to this online.

    Yes, just link to the PDFs.
    Good idea to keep the page names the same so that bookmarks still work, you may need to use redirects in .htaccess to do this, otherwise choose a permalinks style that will let you give the new pages the old links, do this when editing the page in the “Permalink:” field.

    You will have to put the whole WordPress file set into your website, remove your “index.html” file and leave WordPress to manage all the pages.

    Situations like this are very hard to generalise.

    Thanks for all your help!

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