In the situation where a client already has a website, but it’s looking like it needs renovating, we can easily move it to WordPress.
This is the procedure that I follow:
1. I install WordPress on my local server or on a live test server on the internet.
2. I copy the content and images from your old site that you want to keep and add it to the new WordPress site on the test server.
3. I add any new content that you give me.
4. Once approved, I delete your old site, install WordPress on your hosting server, and them import all the new pages and posts I created on the test server.
If your hosting is not appropriate to host your new WordPress site, I will help you setup a new hosting plan. When we are ready to change over I will need to login to your domain name and change the DNS to point to your new hosting. After 24 – 48 hours this will resolve, and then I can install WordPress and import your pages and posts.
Moving posts and pages can be tricky, but luckily there is a WordPress plugin available that will update all the page links, urls, and images to resolve to your new site.
Before I install your new site, I will capture all the page links from your old site. When your new site is installed I will arrange for the redirection of any page links and redirect them to the appropriate pages on the new site.