Is There a Way to Push a Python Website to WordPress?
When you’re told often enough that something is impossible, you may start to believe it.
So when I first heard that it wasn’t possible to migrate a Python website into a WordPress-based blog, I kind of gave up and assumed it wasn’t possible.
But it is possible, and all you need to do is follow a few simple steps to make it happen.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to migrate a Python website into a WordPress blog.
Create a New WordPress Blog
You may already have a blog set up on WordPress, but if you don’t, you’ll need to create one to complete this tutorial. It’s very easy to do. Simply use the dashboard to search for “WP blog” and then click on the “Install” button to start the installation process. The WordPress dashboard will guide you through the setup process and when it’s finished, you’ll have your very own WordPress blog.
Download the Latest Version of WordPress
As a general rule, you should always try to use the latest version of software or web applications. This way, you can take advantage of all their improvements and updates. WordPress now offers a version for almost every major OS, so if your website is already set up and running on a Python-based platform, like GAE or Django, you can use the same version of WordPress on your new website.
However, if your website is still using an older version of WordPress, you’ll need to upgrade. Fortunately, the process is as simple as can be. You can use the WordPress console or go through the dashboard to find the “Update button” and then click on it to get the latest version of WordPress.
Import the Blog Entirely Into WordPress
Now that you have WordPress installed on your computer, you can start importing your blog content to it. Simply navigate to the wp-content folder on your hard drive and then click on the “Import” button to start the process. You’ll see an indicator at the top of the page letting you know the import is in progress. Once finished, you can click on the “Settings” tab to get the full list of options and set up your new WordPress blog.
Customize The Header And Background Of Your Blog
WordPress gives you the freedom to customize the look and feel of your blog. So if you’re happy with the default theme that comes with WordPress, you don’t need to do anything else. However, if you’d like to change the theme, you can go through the dashboard to find the “Appearance” option.
You can also use this option to change the header and background of your blog. To remove the background from the header, click on the image and then press “Delete”. To change the header, click on the “Custom Header” option and then drag and drop the images on the screen to build the design you want.
Set Up Sub-Domains For Different Languages
If your blog is bilingual or has multiple languages, you can use sub-domains to make it easier for visitors from different countries to access your content. For example, if you have a French blog that you want to expand to other markets like Spain or Germany, you can create a fr.yourwebsite.com website and configure it to point to your standard WordPress site.
To do this, go through the dashboard to find the “Domain Management” option and then select the country you’re targeting from the drop-down menu.
You can also set up different authentication methods (e.g. OpenID, Facebook, Twitter) for each domain. That way, users will have an easier time logging in from different devices (e.g. Desktop, tablet, or mobile phone) and channels (e.g. URL, email, or social media).
Set Up A Contact Form Using Hootsuite
You can also use a tool like Hootsuite to set up a contact form directly on your blog. Simply click on the “Tools” icon in the top right corner of the website and then click on “Contact” to get started.
Hootsuite will walk you through the process of setting up a contact form on your blog. When finished, you can click on the “Submit” button to get your form, which will appear on your blog.
Add More Power To Your Blog With These Tools
With the above tools, you can greatly expand the functionality of your blog. For example, the Contact Form 7 plugin will allow you to collect emails from your visitors and then send them special offers or promotions. Similarly, the ShortStack WordPress plugin will create short URLs for your posts that can then be shared on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
The advantage of these plugins is that they use existing WordPress functions to create the form you want, so you won’t need to learn any new coding languages to make it happen.
Make Sure That Your Blog Is Ready For The Major Search Engines
When you’re ready to launch your new blog, you need to make sure that it’s optimized for the major search engines. To do this, you can use the same tools that you would to optimize an existing webpage. Simply go through the dashboard and click on the “Search Traffic” button to get a snapshot of how many people are searching for your products or services in Google.
Depending on your niche, you may only need to focus on one or two major search engines. For example, if you’re selling yoga pants, you may want to optimize for “Yoga Pants” in Google, as it is the most common search term when people are looking for an online store that sells fitness gear.
Make Sure That You Have A Mobile-Friendly Design
If your blog is accessible from a mobile device, you can greatly increase the chances of your posts being read and enjoyed by the public. Simply use the Google Webmaster tools to find any issues with your site’s design that may be preventing users from accessing it easily on their mobile devices.
You should have no trouble running a well-designed mobile-friendly blog. Simply make sure that your site is easy to navigate on a phone, and that the fonts are big enough for people to read the text easily. Avoid using any webfonts or shortening any of the URLs in your posts, as these can cause issues for mobile users.
Once you’ve launched your new blog, come back and visit us here at Bluehost to tell us about your experience. We’d love to hear from you!