Remove old web pages after a new wordpress install

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  1. webfilms macrumors newbie

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    I have a new wordpress install on a web page that was a redo of a site I created in dreamweaver. I deleted the index page with dreamweaver to get the wordpress install up and running. Now I'm concerned about my old site still being on the host computer as when you click on my photos page in wordpress a old page from my dreamweaver site appears as directory page. I deleted the photos page from the old web site but still have the problem. Is there a way to delete the old files without upsetting the files for my wordpress site. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68000

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    Yes, there is.

    I'm not sure what you are looking for as an answer here. Without knowing your file structure we cannot give you safe advice as what to delete and what to save. Best bet would be to delete everything and reinstall. You can use a plugin to back up the wordpress database or do it manually. Then reinstall a base wordpress, setup the config page just like you did before, then upload the old database. Everything should be back in order.

    To be honest there are tons of things that can go wrong here, so practice on a localsite on your computer first. Grab MAMP and install your site to that, delete it, then restore it for practice. That way you work out the kinks before trying it on a production site.

    good luck
     
  3. fig macrumors 6502a

    fig

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    Aren't all your old HTML files (assuming it was a static site) simply in the home directory where the WordPress site now is? It should be pretty straightforward to delete all the HTML files from that directory while not touching any of the WP files or folders.
     
  4. nicksoper macrumors member

    nicksoper

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    Deleting files

    Assuming you have an FTP client and know how to use it, this is what I would do if I were you:
    1. Download Wordpress Again from wordpress.org
    2. Upload the Wordpress FOLDER into the root of your website. Don't replace any files, upload the FOLDER. Call the folder "Wordpress"
    3. You should have a new FOLDER called "Wordpress" in the root of your website
    4. Create a new (empty) folder in the root called "Wordpress-old"
    5. Move everything in the root of your website into the "Wordpress-old" folder EXCEPT the "wp-content" folder and the "wp-config.php" file
    6. In the root of your website you should now have 4 items: 3 folders (Wordpress, Wordpress-old, wp-content) and a wp-config.php file.
    7. Go into your recently uploaded "Wordpress" folder and move all the files EXCEPT the wp-content folder into the root.

    Otherwise you can delete any file or folder in the root that isn't listed below

    Files

    index.php
    license.txt
    readme.html
    wp-activate.php
    wp-app.php
    wp-blog-header.php
    wp-comments-post.php
    wp-config-sample.php
    wp-config.php
    wp-cron.php
    wp-links-opml.php
    wp-load.php
    wp-login.php
    wp-mail.php
    wp-pass.php
    wp-register.php
    wp-settings.php
    wp-signup.php
    wp-trackback.php
    xmlrpc.php

    Folders

    wp-admin
    wp-content
    wp-includes
     

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