In the beginning of HTML to WordPress, the website was made with text and static HTML, but nowadays website is much more complex.
As websites created now provide much more rich and enjoyable experience for both the website developers and the visitors as well.
As WordPress is becoming increasingly popular from the past time and has progressively becoming one of the best content management system for the most users of choice.
Now anyone with a WordPress installed and the perfect template can create a modern and beautiful website along with best design and functionality, where no coding is required.
WordPress is a great option to adopt, but it does not mean that you have to leave your HTML website. As anyone can migrate their website from HTML to WordPress very easily while maintaining their content, design and also the SEO ranking. In this article we will guide you in migrating your HTML site to WordPress.
Creating a plan to move your site to WordPress:
Before migrating your website, you need to create a plan. Below given are some of the points that one should keep in mind.
- Would you will create a new domain or retain your existing domain name?
- Will your current URL structure will change? Yes, you will need to redirect your old HTML site URLs after the migration.
- Will you move all the content to your WordPress site? As if want to move a small amount of content then it can done manually but for large content you will require specific tools.
How to move your HTML website to WordPress:
Here first we will start by setting up WordPress.
Setting up WordPress-
In this whether you are installing WordPress locally or with your hosing provider. Installing WordPress is very simple, many hosts also have just 1 click installation options and in the managed hosting they have already installed it for you.
One can install WordPress in the directory of its own or in a separate domain, as per your choice.
Once your WordPress is setup and is running, then you need to start adding content and building your new website.
This is not an easy task, but still achievable. For successfully importing your existing content to your new WordPress website on different factors. If your old HTML website is based on CMS there might an importing tool available.
One can start be looking at the given list of content importing scripts in the codex. If you found a match, then just follow the instruction and start migrating your content.
On the off chance that your old CMS is not on the list the you have to migrate your content manually. Here you just need to copy and paste the content and noting the old URLs as you go.
And in the case like you have a custom CMS or database records without any importing tools and a high volume of content, for this you may need to bring a specialist for moving your content.
It becomes very vital to automate the content as the more the volume of content the higher the chance of human error. You also need to add all the images and other files, directly from your computer.
Design your new WordPress site:
Once you are done with migrating all your old content into your new website, then now it’s time for building and designing your new site and give it a nice look. There are several options for building your new site like:
- You can build your theme from the scratch.
- You can also download a template for your website from WordPress or from any other website as there are many free themes available.
- One can also take a free template and customize it as per their requirements.
- One can also alter their existing template of HTML to WordPress
- Also, there are many paid multi-purpose and responsive themes available.
Installing the essential plugins:
WordPress has a hundred of great plugin that give you great functionality to make your website extremely beautiful. This makes it extremely overwhelming for new users in finding the right plugin.
Utilizing a WordPress plugin, you can replicate any of your HTML website functionality. There are numerous numbers of both free and paid plugin that are extremely useful, but on the off chance that you did not find any plugin as per your needs you can always build a new one. You can sell it or an provide it to for other users for free according to your needs.
Only install plugins from a reputable website that help you reduce your page load time.
Redirecting links in WordPress:
After completing your work on the content, design and functionality of your website, now you need to check all the broken links of your site. As broken links can send the visitors away from your site, thus we recommend utilizing a redirecting plugin.
Some of the great plugin one can utilize for the website are simple 301 redirecting redirect and the Redirection plugin. These plugins will help you easily redirect your broken links.
Pointing your domain to the new WordPress website:
Here you need to point your domain to the new website, as what is the use of doing all the hard work and migrating from HTML to WordPress if no one is able to view your site.
If you have setup your WordPress site on a new domain, then mostly you have utilized a temporary domain. Now you have to remove references to the temporary domain before pointing the domain to the new server.
On the off chance that you are planning to update your name server for your domain. In the case if you have utilized a third-party CND, then you need to update your current DNS records. This typically includes updating your A records, and leaving your server names in place.
Make sure that you check you’re your broken links before releasing your new HTML to WordPress site for the everyone to see it, review your sites main pages to ensure they all are formatted properly also check that all your functionality is restored.
Set up your permalinks, analytics, ensure that your new site is visible to search engines and also remember to backup your old HTML site.
We hope that all the information given above, about how to convert your old HTML website to your new WordPress site.