Forum Topic: From html to WordPress
Jeff or anyone else,
I don’t know if this is the place to ask, but I’m going to try anyway.
My brother has a totally messy website,
thefreedomman.com, and he asked me whether it is doable to get it into WordPress.
As far as I can see, the link structure is quite OK; in lots of cases only the .html has to be removed to get a WordPress postname url structure. That part can be done with .htaccess I believe.
But the questions I have are:
- There are more than 1000 pages. What will happen with Google and the many 301’s? Is there a big risk of duplicate content?
- To remove the
.htmfrom the urls can be done in .htaccess, right?
- Do you know about 1000 people who all want to copy and paste 1 page into WordPress, so the job can be done in one day? :)
- Any ideas on the best/easiest way of moving the many pages to WordPress?
I hope someone has the time and is willing to enlighten me.
3 Replies to “From html to WordPress”
Hi Jeroen, these are some great questions, lemme see if I can help shed some light on some of them..
- Google will notice and report any issues via their Webmaster Central Service.. I recommend signing up for an account and keeping an eye on it during the transition. I’ve done a similar move recently and everything ended up okay, but there was a slight traffic drop for a few weeks while Google got everything figured out.
- You can virtually remove the .html by simply redirecting to the WP-based URLs. I think that’s what you’re asking here..?
- Lol, nope – but there’s probably a plugin or cheap 3rd party service that might be able to help.
- It really depends on a lot of factors, but in general my advice for this would be to not jump right in, but rather spend some quality time exploring and researching any/all options.
I hope it helps!
Thanks, Jeff. I think I am going to give it a try.
Another thing I’m just thinking about. What would you do about backlinks. Just a 301? Or letting them know that you have moved pages?
Thanks for the help Jeff.
For backlinks, I always try to setup 301 redirects for as many as possible. For WP sites it’s a lot easier because there are patterns in URL structure (e.g., date, cat, tag, etc.) that can be used when crafting the .htaccess directives. Then I would also report the changes to Google and Bing (ok, /maybe/ Bing) via their Webmaster tools.