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Convert a Static HTML Site to WordPress

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In this session we discuss how to convert a static HTML site to WordPress  based on the Case Study How to Convert a Static HTML Site to Thesis. We use BackupBuddy to create the duplicate site in WordPress and Thesis, move the site and create 301 redirects that will take the existing page URLs and redirect them to the new pages in the site so that we don’t lose any Google ranking and make sure that there aren’t any broken links.

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Member: Yeah so I have something I want to do is take a site that wasn’t created on WordPress and move it to a different server and host it on WordPress. So could you sketch out the steps that would be done there?

Rick: Well, in fact, we just did a seminar of that.

Member: Okay. What’s the name of that?

Rick:  Oh no, it’s not a seminar, it’s a case study. My mistake, it’s a case study.

Member: Okay.

Rick: And it’s Convert A Static HTML Site to Thesis and it’s essentially what the process is. So we take this static HTML site and we recreate it in WordPress and Thesis. And then once it’s all set up then we copy it from the development server and move it to the live server. And the live server is actually the location of the files that we were copying, right? So there’s a… in particular, this was developed at biltmoreetc.com and that’s where the static HTML files were. And so we developed it at biltmore.tailoringtheweb.com, got it all set up the way we wanted it and then we deleted the HTML files and then used Backup Buddy to import or to you know, to import the site just like I just did now. But then we took the extra step beyond that of creating what are called 301 redirects which will take the existing page URLs and redirect them to new pages in the site so that you don’t lose any Google ranking that you may have. And also, so that there aren’t any broken links.

So it’s really a 3-step process. The first step is creating the duplicate site essentially but creating it in WordPress and Thesis. And the second step is moving it and the 3rd step is creating a 301 redirect so that the old page addresses direct to new pages. And I go through that entire process in this case study.

Member: Okay, that’s it for me. That would be perfect. I’ll go look at that offline here.

Rick: Okay.

Member: Thank you.

Rick: You’re welcome. Have a good day.

Member: Okay.

Rick: Bye bye.

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