HTML to WordPress – A Simple Conversion

“ Finding the conversion complex? Let us see what is so simple about this conversion.”

Static HTML is one of the oldest coding methods since the beginning of the World Wide Web still going strong, and trusted by majority of web developers. Teamed up with CSS, it’s still the most widely used and stable developing method. You can make a Static HTML review site but it won’t be as good for drawing in visitors from the search engines as a WordPress review site.

HTML to WordPress

If you’re confident of your HTML and CSS coding skills, conversion of HTML to WordPress Theme will become very easy. This platform is the most user-friendly Open Source Content Management System (CMS) for managing your Web Site on regular basis.

Lets say, we have .html web page on a static website that needs to be converted into the new platform. WordPress websites are referred as dynamic and the pages have different extensions like .php, .wordpress. It just takes couple of hours when it comes to changing website content and working with a blog.

Just 10 steps to convert your Static HTML Website to WordPress.

  • Install WordPress in the root of this domain.
  • Copy the Index.html to the WP Theme folder, and rename it Home.php.
  • Leave the permalinks with their default settings. This keeps you from having problems with existing pages.
  • Copy the contents from About.html and create a page called About.
  • Copy the contents of your other files and make pages with exactly the same names. If your page names are different from the titles, you can edit the permalinks to match the filename (without the html extension).
  • Once the data is copied and you have the look you want, change the permalinks to /%postname%.html
  • For PAGES to use the HTML Extension you need a plugin as WordPress only applies the Permalinks structure to the posts. Recommended HTML Extension Plugin -> WordPress Hero
  • Install this Plugin first for the pages.
  • Remove the old static pages, I suggest keeping them just in case you have a problem, but you need to move them out of the root.
  • Copy the index.html contents to the file you want to be your home page, and delete the Home.php file. Typically this is the index.php in the theme; however you may want to use a static page depending on the site setup. You can change this in WP Settings.

It takes only few steps to give a new look and functionalities to your website. The above steps are simple that won’t take much time to convert the code from static in nature to create a feature full website.

About The Author

Mr. Maulik Shah, the CEO of Bizteh Consultancy, has nurtured the company with his technocratic and entrepreneurial expertise, and also expresses his thoughts frequently on this blog. He can be found churning some brain storming ideas, if not involved talking with his clients.