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WordPress
http://changetowordpress.com
Migrating to WordPress by Brandon Buttars
http://changetowordpress.com
•  My friends all call me Buttars.
•  I’m an Aggie.
•  I’ve been using WordPress since versio...
http://changetowordpress.com
We’ll take a broad look at migrating
existing websites to WordPress. 
Hopefully your process ...
http://changetowordpress.com
Who’s using WordPress on personal
sites?
Who’s using WordPress at work?
http://changetowordpress.com
Why WordPress?
http://changetowordpress.com
•  It’s FREE!
•  It’s stable.
•  It’s user friendly.
•  Huge community.
•  Search Engines lov...
http://changetowordpress.com
Someone wants to move an existing
site to WordPress.
Where do they start?
http://changetowordpress.com
Step 1: Data Collection & Organization
Step 2: WordPress Setup & Configuration
Step 3: Data Mi...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Structure
•  Content
•  Asides
•  Design
•  Other
Step 1: Data Collection & Organization
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Menus
•  URL Structure
•  Headers
•  Footers
•  Post Types & Fields
Structure
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Homepage & Landing Pages
homepage elements, title, meta data, page assets
•  Taxonomy/Cate...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Images
•  Icons
•  Fonts
•  HTML
•  CSS
•  Scripts
Design
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Widgets
•  Ads
•  Breadcrumbs
•  Sliders
•  Etc.
Asides
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Setup Development Environment
on your computer or on another server
•  Install WordPress &...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Local Setup
WAMP, MAMP, LAMP, XXAMP, etc.
•  Live Server 
Bluehost, Hostmonster, RackSpace...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Basic Settings
•  Prevent Comment Spam Upfront
•  Permalinks - Important
Install WordPress...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Install the plugins you need.
•  Configure the plugins.
•  Configure custom post types and fi...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Enter Manually or Use Importing Tools
wp ultimate csv importer plugin
•  Import/Create Use...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Build/Find a barebones theme.
•  Install & activate the theme.
•  Modify the HTML/PHP
•  M...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Make sure all the template files exist.
index.php, archive.php, front-page.php, single.php,...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Modify style.css using the old CSS
code.
•  Modify & correct all path references
to images...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Modify & correct all path references
within the scripts.
•  Using Chrome’s Inspector, chec...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Audit SEO Data
title, meta description, meta keywords, URLs
•  SEO Plugins Configured
•  30...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Move/Upload Files
•  Database Export
find and replace development URL with live URL
•  Crea...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  WordPress is the bomb!
•  Everyone should move their sites to
WordPress.
•  Make sure to p...
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Tools & Resources: 
http://changetowordpress.com
•  Twitter: brandonbuttars / change2wp
• ...
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Word camp 2013 migration

  1. 1. <Change to/> WordPress http://changetowordpress.com Migrating to WordPress by Brandon Buttars
  2. 2. http://changetowordpress.com •  My friends all call me Buttars. •  I’m an Aggie. •  I’ve been using WordPress since version 1.5. •  I also have experience w/ Drupal & Joomla •  Built my first website in 1998. •  Web Design/Development Manager at Avalaunch Media. About Brandon Buttars
  3. 3. http://changetowordpress.com We’ll take a broad look at migrating existing websites to WordPress. Hopefully your process becomes better.
  4. 4. http://changetowordpress.com Who’s using WordPress on personal sites? Who’s using WordPress at work?
  5. 5. http://changetowordpress.com Why WordPress?
  6. 6. http://changetowordpress.com •  It’s FREE! •  It’s stable. •  It’s user friendly. •  Huge community. •  Search Engines love it! WordPress •  Tons of Plugins. •  Tons of Themes. •  Mobile friendly. •  Updating is easy. •  Site setup is cake.
  7. 7. http://changetowordpress.com Someone wants to move an existing site to WordPress. Where do they start?
  8. 8. http://changetowordpress.com Step 1: Data Collection & Organization Step 2: WordPress Setup & Configuration Step 3: Data Migration & Entry Step 4: Design Migration & Theming Step 5: SEO Step 6: Launch Our Process
  9. 9. http://changetowordpress.com •  Structure •  Content •  Asides •  Design •  Other Step 1: Data Collection & Organization
  10. 10. http://changetowordpress.com •  Menus •  URL Structure •  Headers •  Footers •  Post Types & Fields Structure
  11. 11. http://changetowordpress.com •  Homepage & Landing Pages homepage elements, title, meta data, page assets •  Taxonomy/Categories/Tags content organization •  Individual Pages of Content title, meta data, canonicals, URLs, page assets. •  Other Content Content
  12. 12. http://changetowordpress.com •  Images •  Icons •  Fonts •  HTML •  CSS •  Scripts Design
  13. 13. http://changetowordpress.com •  Widgets •  Ads •  Breadcrumbs •  Sliders •  Etc. Asides
  14. 14. http://changetowordpress.com •  Setup Development Environment on your computer or on another server •  Install WordPress & Core Settings site settings, permalinks, comments •  Install & Configure Plugins additional functionality, beyond the core Step 2: WordPress Setup & Configuration
  15. 15. http://changetowordpress.com •  Local Setup WAMP, MAMP, LAMP, XXAMP, etc. •  Live Server Bluehost, Hostmonster, RackSpace, etc. Setup Development Environment
  16. 16. http://changetowordpress.com •  Basic Settings •  Prevent Comment Spam Upfront •  Permalinks - Important Install WordPress & Core Settings
  17. 17. http://changetowordpress.com •  Install the plugins you need. •  Configure the plugins. •  Configure custom post types and fields. Install & Configure Plugins
  18. 18. http://changetowordpress.com •  Enter Manually or Use Importing Tools wp ultimate csv importer plugin •  Import/Create Users •  Import/Enter Taxonomy (Categories/Tags) •  Import/Enter Content using appropriate Post Types meta data, images & media, assign taxonomy, correct heiarchy •  Create Menus •  Create Widgets & Aside Elements Step 3: Data Migration & Entry
  19. 19. http://changetowordpress.com •  Build/Find a barebones theme. •  Install & activate the theme. •  Modify the HTML/PHP •  Modify the CSS •  Modify the Scripts Step 4: Design Migration & Theming
  20. 20. http://changetowordpress.com •  Make sure all the template files exist. index.php, archive.php, front-page.php, single.php, page.php, header.php, footer.php, any custom post templates •  Modify the templates using the old template code. •  Modify & correct all path references to images, scripts, stylesheets, etc. Modify the HTML/PHP
  21. 21. http://changetowordpress.com •  Modify style.css using the old CSS code. •  Modify & correct all path references to images, fonts, etc. •  Clean up the code where possible. Modify the CSS
  22. 22. http://changetowordpress.com •  Modify & correct all path references within the scripts. •  Using Chrome’s Inspector, check for any errors that need to be fixed. •  Make sure no scripts collide with WordPress or plugin scripts. this can cause big problems & can cause the site to break •  Clean up the code where possible. Modify the Scripts
  23. 23. http://changetowordpress.com •  Audit SEO Data title, meta description, meta keywords, URLs •  SEO Plugins Configured •  301 Redirects •  Rich Snippets •  Google Webmasters & Analytics •  Social Networking Tools Step 5: SEO
  24. 24. http://changetowordpress.com •  Move/Upload Files •  Database Export find and replace development URL with live URL •  Create New Database & Import •  Modify database settings in wp-config.php file. •  Modify hosting to point to new files. Step 6: Launch
  25. 25. http://changetowordpress.com •  WordPress is the bomb! •  Everyone should move their sites to WordPress. •  Make sure to pay attention to the details when migrating. •  Use this presentation as a guide to migrate. Recap
  26. 26. http://changetowordpress.com •  Tools & Resources: http://changetowordpress.com •  Twitter: brandonbuttars / change2wp •  LinkedIn: brandonbuttars •  Facebook: brandonbuttars Thank You
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