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[resolved] Websites from HTML to WORDPRESS (6 posts)

  1. kicker
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have a set of websites which are HTML and I want to move them over to WORDPRESS. I have a Godaddy dedicated server. Though I am new to WordPress I have been running an active blog using SERENDIPITY for a few years so I am not total Newbie. I use Win 7.

    I don't want to lose the websites while I am working on this. They generate some beer money. And with all the content it could take some months to get it all in the can.

    I assume I use DESKTOP SERVER? My question is once I get it done on my computer, is the process to move it to the server messy? I hate messes at the server level doan ya know. :) And should I use the real domain names, db names and directories I will use at the server?

    Also if anyone is interested in helping, I need some ideas for navigation and theme or layout. Is there such a thing as a two column DB theme?
    http://sixties60s.com/1960music.htm

    I think my biggest concern before I begin is how best to navigate in regards to SEO.
    Make each year a category and each present category (movies, tv ect) an article? Maybe paged for the heavy content ones?

    Thanks for your help
    Kicker

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Why not install WordPress in sub-folders on the various sites and develop the new sites privately online. Then follow the instructions in Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory when you are ready to launch them. Far easier then setting up a local server and then moving completed sites to a remote server.

  3. kicker
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I understand what you are saying.
    But what I have gathered in the SEO forums over the years is that it is much better to have everything in or close to the root directory.
    What I would want to end up with would be:

    domain/1960
    domain/1961 [ect]

    rather than

    domain/wordpress/1961

    Or does this not really matter to SEO as much I have been told?

    Or when I am ready to move, can I eliminate the sub directory... Easily? :)

    Thanx Esmi...

  4. jonradio
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think you missed the point of the article that esmi pointed you to. It delivers URLs that look like they are in the root, but really are not.

    About the only time you see the folder where WordPress is stored is when you login.

  5. kicker
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry to be so dense... :)

    It says the index.php and the htaccess have to be in the real ROOT.

    So do I install the blog into /wordpress, do the month or so of work, and when I am ready for the switch, delete all the HTML crap in the root and THEN follow the directions in the link?

    There is no reason I want to keep the root empty, other than keeping the html site going while I work on the WP. So down the line can I change it back to domain/ without the WORDPRESS directory if I want?

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    So do I install the blog into /wordpress, do the month or so of work, and when I am ready for the switch, delete all the HTML crap in the root and THEN follow the directions in the link?

    Yes. This is one heck of a sight easier than Moving_WordPress. Trust me on this...

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