How to Convert a Website to a WordPress Theme
WordPress is the world’s #1 content management system (CMS) and it’s available for free. As a result, almost every website owner has at least some content managed on their site using this platform. It’s easy to use and offers a ton of flexibility when it comes to creating your online space. If you’re looking to convert your existing website to a WordPress theme, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will discuss how to do just that.
The Three Steps To Migrating A Website To WordPress
To start, you need to determine what type of content you want to keep on your site and what you want to remove. It’s important to note that not all content is suitable for WordPress and you’ll need to make some hard choices about which to keep and which to let go. This will, in turn, impact the design of your site. For example, if you decide that all your articles are going to be migrated to WordPress, you’ll need to decide if you want to keep the static blog design that you’ve used on your site or if you want to switch to a more dynamic approach. Ultimately, it’s up to you but, for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll assume that you want to keep the look and feel of your current site. This step is critical and without it, the whole process can go wrong. It’s also important to note that this step can take a lot of time so be sure to take your sweet time and do it right.
STEP 1: Set Up A WordPress Account
If you already have an account on WordPress.com, you can skip this step. Otherwise, you need to [sign up for a free WordPress account](https://wordpress.com/signup/). When creating your account, you’ll need to use the username “myblog” and choose a password. You can then click on the big blue button to confirm your email address. You’ll also need to put in the same password you used to confirm your email address when setting up your account. After you’ve confirmed your email address, you can close the tab. From here on out, you can treat this account like any other you’d use for a personal blog or website. You can add content, edit content, and track your site’s analytics from this point forward without any issues.
STEP 2: Install WordPress On The Subdomain
Once you’ve confirmed your WordPress account, you need to make sure that you’ve activated it. To do this, navigate to your WordPress dashboard and click on the big blue icon in the top right corner. Next, you’ll need to enter your site’s URL within the dashboard. For example, if your site’s URL is http://www.lexiordan.com, you’ll need to enter http://www.lexiordan.com into the dashboard’s URL input box. When you do this, you’ll see a small popup with the option to install WordPress on your site. Choose this option and click on the button to continue. You’ll then be taken to a screen that asks you to select a [theme] for your site. Click on Continue and you’re brought back to the dashboard. At this point, you can either use the classic editor or go through the process of [setting up a new post](https://wordpress.com/docs/developer/create-a-post.html) on your site. When you’re done, click on the Publish button in the top right corner to save your post.
STEP 3: Install And Configure The WP Form Button Plugin
The WP Form Button is an essential plugin for anyone who’s migrating a website to WordPress. Without it, you’ll have a [form button on every page of your site that you want to convert to WordPress](https://wordpress.com/plugins/wordpress-form-button/). The plugin allows you to create contact form elements on your site that can be sent to an email address entered in the form. To import this form element into WordPress, navigate to your WordPress dashboard and click on the plugin’s icon in the top right corner. When you do this, you’ll be presented with the plugin’s settings. At this point, you can either leave the plugin’s settings as they are or customize them to fit your needs. To do this, click on the Settings tab in the upper right corner of the plugin’s settings page, choose a form type, and put in the email address of a contact form on your site. For example, if you’re using the Contact Form 7 to collect names and emails, you can enter firstname.lastname@example.org into the Settings tab’s email input box. When you do this, a light bulb will appear next to the box. You can then click on the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page to save your settings and continue configuring the form element.
Now, your site’s content will be available on your WordPress dashboard under the Posts section. You can click on the Posts tab to display your content in the classic WordPress form or click on the Media tab to access your site’s images, videos, and other media in the WordPress media library. From here, you can add more content to your site using the WordPress’ built-in editor or can upload media files that will appear in the correct place (based on the structure of the HTML code used to build your site) once published.
WordPress is a tremendous platform for online publishers and bloggers. It’s easy to use and provides basic features that almost any self-serve publishing tool offers. If you’re looking for a content management system that allows you to easily publish your content across multiple platforms while also providing you with all the basic analytics tools you could want, WordPress is a great option. It’s also completely free which makes it even more attractive. In addition, the open-source nature of WordPress means that future versions of the platform can be enhanced by the community to meet your needs.