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How to convert Dreamweaver site to wordpress

Dec 9, 2011 12:05 PM

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I created a website in Dreamweaver for a client, but they want the capability to edit the site t hemselves.  Is there an easy way to convert this html site to something that will work in wordpress? Are there any other sites that can do this? Help! I don't want to re-design this whole site that took me 3 months!

 
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    Dec 9, 2011 12:08 PM   in reply to NayRose10

    Is there an easy way to convert this html site to something that will work in wordpress?

     

    In a word?  No.  Maybe even NO.  Sorry.  Moving from a static HTML layout into WP is not easy, especially if you have a) no server scripting experience, and b) no prior exposure with WP.  Sorry....

     

    Your best bet would be to get a really thorough understanding of what the client wants to change, and then build the administration pages yourself.  At a later date, when you have more exposure to these kinds of things, you could tackle the WP migration....

     
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    Dec 9, 2011 12:37 PM   in reply to NayRose10

    Sorry.  But there is no automagic way to convert a static HTML site over to WordPress.  Your customer should have told you upfront that he/she wanted a CMS. 

     

    You could install WordPress as a blog (domain.com/blog/WP/).  The blog would be editable by your client in WordPress but the main site would be remain static HTML.

     

    Another option is to reverse engineer your static HTML pages to work with another CMS product. 

     

    Cushy CMS might be all you need (watch their video to see how it works). 

    http://www.cushycms.com

     

    Content Seed -

    Available in ASP, PHP, or  ASP.net

    no database needed. 

    http://contentseed.com/

     

    PowerCMS from Web Assist -

    Requires PHP 5.2.3+

    MySql database

    http://www.webassist.com/dreamweaver-extensions/powercms-builder/

     

    Best of luck,

     

    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

    http://alt-web.com/

    http://twitter.com/altweb

     
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    Dec 9, 2011 12:44 PM   in reply to Nancy O.

    Nancy O. wrote:

     

    Sorry.  But there is no automagic way to convert a static HTML site over to WordPress.  Your customer should have told you upfront that he/she wanted a CMS. 

    I agree. A maintenance agreement should be included in any website design contract/agreement BEFORE any work is done. If the client wans to do it themselves, it chnages the format of the site. If they want you to do it, it changes the overall cost. But it should not be left out of the bid or negotiations.

     
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    Dec 9, 2011 12:55 PM   in reply to Nancy O.

    Your customer should have told you upfront that he/she wanted a CMS.

     

    They often don't know that they do.

     

    They just want a new website. Or an existing one updated.

     

    Client expectations and/or requirements invariably change as the design evolves.

     

    Client expectations must be managed throughout by the forward thinking web designer.

     
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    Dec 9, 2011 1:00 PM   in reply to NayRose10

    What's an acceptable setup fee and/or hourly rate?

     

    There really is no such thing.

     

    Depends on too many factors (geography, scope of work, skill level, competition etc)

     

    Plenty of guidelines online though

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/09/the-roadmap-to-becoming-a-p rofessional-freelance-web-designer/

     
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    Dec 9, 2011 1:00 PM   in reply to NayRose10

    created a website in Dreamweaver for a client, but they want the capability to edit the site t hemselves.

     

     

    Tell them (or explain to them in polite terms) that a static site can be edited by themselves if they put their mind into it.  It is not rocket science!

     

    Good luck.

     
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    Dec 9, 2011 1:10 PM   in reply to NayRose10

    What's an acceptable setup fee and/or hourly rate?

     

    Cushy shouldn't take you more than 1 hour to set up.  $65 to set-up. 

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

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    Dec 9, 2011 1:52 PM   in reply to NayRose10

    Actually, Nancy's answer was perhaps partially correct. If you really want to create your site in Dreamweaver (a great thing to do, imo) and manage its design in Dreamweaver, then look at a CMS that is a real CMS and not repurposed Blogware like WordPress. Two systems that will allow you to do precisely what you want are:

     

    1. Concrete5 (free)

    http://www.concrete5.org/

     

    2. Perch (commercial)

    http://grabaperch.com/

     

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    Feb 23, 2013 11:53 AM   in reply to NayRose10

    First download wordpress 3.3.1 from http://wordpress.org/. Then search for a wordpress theme which suites your requirement. Download the wordpress theme(It will be a zip file). Extract the zip file and copy it to the path "wp-content/themes/" inside the root directory. Open the index.php inside the theme folder. Now study a little bit wordpress function parameters. 1. bloginfo('url') , 2. bloginfo('template_url') , 3. the_content(),  4. the_title(), 5. the_post_thumbnail(); Function the_content displays the content of the page and the title displays the t respectively.itle of the page and the_post_thhumbnail() displays the thumbnail image.

     

     

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