static site to wordpress

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by b.evans, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. b.evans macrumors newbie

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    I have an entire site that I recently built in xhtml, js, css and everything is running fine. Im not a genius by any means when it comes to building websites but I believe I did fairly well with my own. My question is I would like to get more knowledgeable on wordpress so I can incorporate a blog page inside my site or edit footers or content all at once. My ftp is all set up with my current static site and I used a one click install for wordpress on my server. Everything is currently in place I believe.

    My question is how do I get my static site into the wordpress format so if I wanted to change and regularly update my footer or content on pages I could??

    I have quite a few new folders on my ftp now all under a "blog" folder. I have a new index file which is .php - my index.html file is still in place where it should be but I was a little thrown off with all these new folders and files.

    Do I move my index.html file into the blog folder along with all my other folders?? Or is there a lot more to it than that even though my site is already completed in a non wordpress format??

    I hope some of this made sense.
     
  2. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, integrating your site into Wordpress is not simply a matter of moving files around. You can technically add Wordpress to your already built site but its not gonna look as good as if your site were completely in Wordpress to begin with.

    First off:
    Keep that index.php! Wordpress needs that to load everything.


    The ideal way is to turn your site into a Wordpress theme, which does sound a little tough, but isn't actually that hard once you understand how content is created and how to output things.

    I'm not gonna go into specifics since there is very detailed information on the Wordpress site and there would be a lot to cover if i did.


    Differences between pages and posts:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts

    How to design and create a theme:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Blog_Design_and_Layout
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags

    You're also gonna need a basic idea of what PHP is and how to use it:
    http://www.php.net/manual/en/tutorial.php

    You can kinda fake things by either changing the index.php to be your blog page, or by using a Iframe, but that in my opinion, is a bit of a hassel because then you have twice as many pages to deal with and besides, you'd have to learn about theme design anyways in order to get your Wordpress installation to match up with your main site design.
     
  3. manueld macrumors 6502

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  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I just made a WordPress theme that mimics my site design. Worked really well and was quite easy.
     

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