September 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm #1831MagusMember
Okay, so here’s my situation. I have an existing site of static web pages. I built this site using Dreamweaver. I sell eBooks and am planning on very soon selling video content. I was using Payloadz, but don’t like the ongoing disruptions and recurring monthly fees. So I opted to do a WordPress install and I purchased the scripts for eMember and eStore.
I’m trying to get WordPress configured on my site. I’m using the “Fantastico” application supplied by my web hosting service. Fantastico is asking if I want the WordPress install at the site root or in a folder. I’m unclear on what (if anything) will make a difference with the scripts when I go to install them. So before I proceed, I thought I’d ensure I’m not shooting my leg off by asking here.
I’m a bit hesitant to just install WordPress at the root because the site is presently operational and I need for it to remain operational until I flip the switch and convert to my new scripts and whatnot! So I wasn’t sure if installing WordPress at the site root would affect that.
advTHANKSance for any information! RickSeptember 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm #24249wzpModerator
If you install WP in a subdirectory, then your URL will be mysite.com/blog or whatever subdirectory you place it in. If you are comfortable with that ides, then it’s ok to install WP in a subdirectory; and when the time comes to switch sites, do a 301 redirect to the new WP site.
If you want WP in the root directory, there are a couple of ways to go…
1. Setup WP in a subdirectory and then move it to root when ready. Only recommended for new setups. You first setup the minimal number of pages and posts you need; and then transfer the site to the root directory. The reason for having “just enough” setup is that there are some things that have to be adjusted in MySql whenever you move WP. See this…
2. Setup your WP site on a USB stick, using XAMPP. When the time comes to convert, upload the USB version of your WP site to your server. Less things to change, but it’s like running with scissors. You’ll **will** have problems with license keys having to be reactivated after the move.
3. I haven’t tried it yet, but you might get away with it… Move your static site into a subdirectory and then put WP in the root. Use a combination of 301 redirects and a WP plugin similar to Quick Page/Post Redirect to shunt traffic to the old site:
Personally, my vote is for #2, because I can do whatever I want to WP without worrying about my production system. Also, you can always hand the USB stick over to a more qualified person, who you only have to pay for transferring the contents of the stick and making the final adjustments.
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