How to Replace an Old Website with a Responsive WordPress Theme
Here is the very simple approach:
- Don’t overwrite the site at all, instead do this…
- Find out who their web hosting provider is and login into their Control Panel for the Web Server
- Find out if their level of hosting package is compatible with and comes with Application Server Support on a Linux OS (not MS Windows) such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal (IF NOT YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE THEM UPGRADE THEIR HOSTING ACCOUNT TO ONE THAT INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR AN APPLICATION SERVER & MYSQL DATABASES)
- Install WordPress on the Application Server (Usually a type of LAMP server) (read the first sentence on this Wikipedia article) For example, when I log into my GoDaddy web server that comes free with my domain name purchase, it doesn’t included Application Server Support initially. I have to upgrade my hosting package to the $7.99-ish/month package that includes Application Server Support. From there, there is a button to install Applications such as WordPress, Joomla, ZenCart, bulletin boards, etc on to the Application Server with one-click. When you install WordPress it will automatically prompt you to build a MySQL database that uses PHP. EASY! Keep track of all the different logins for the web server vs the MySQL Database vs the WordPress Admin Panel. URGH!
- When you install WordPress take the recommended URL path being: http://ww.teamattractiongymnastics.com/wordpress If you install the WordPress files into the root directory of the current site it will be VERY MESSY trying to distinguish between which files belong to the old site vs the new site when you go to delete the old website files.
- Then login into your web hosting server Control Panel and manage the DNS Settings with a simple Domain Name Forwarding & Masking. See GoDaddy Article. This way the root of the website is bypassed whenever someone types in the URL into the internet browser. Meaning, when someone types in: http://ww.teamattractiongymnastics.com/ it will redirect them to: http://ww.teamattractiongymnastics.com/wordpress while masking the URL in the browser URL Address to read: http://ww.teamattractiongymnastics.com
- Basically you would be loading the website from the /wordpress directory rather than the root directory of the web server where the index.htm files lives. You could then revise or delete the old website once the WordPress version is up and running successfully.
- Find a Responsive WordPress Theme that you like and follow the provided documentation on uploading it and activating the theme.
Typically, if I am using WordPress as my primary web design arena then I use the root directory of the web server for a Landing Page much like Google’s homepage.
For instance: www.tonytraveis.com/index.html vs www.tonytraveis.com/wordpress/index.php
That way if I have a problem with the WordPress site, I can change the DNS Redirect back to the root directory of the web server and have a standard HTML page communicate information while working on the WordPress site.
Be reminded to backup your WordPress site before updating a template or installing a plug-in.
Here’s some links: