WordPress comes with tools to import content from other blogging systems like, Blogger and WordPress.com. These tools do a good job of importing posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, and images.

But, by far, the most common WordPress conversion scenario is importing static HTML content.

Everyday thousands of website owners decide they want to convert their old, tired-looking, static HTML website to WordPress and they don’t know how to do it. Most people have heard that to do this you must copy the HTML of the old site into WordPress one page at a time. Now, this is the correct thinking if you have a ten-page website but if you have a website that has dozens or hundreds or thousands of pages you would find this to be very, very tedious and extremely time-consuming.

Effective by Design converts static HTML sites of all sizes to WordPress.

Generally, the price is determined by the number of pages, the condition of the HTML (well-formed, properly nested tags, etc) and other oddities that are present on the site.

Here is what you receive for the 3 conversion options:

1: Complete Redesign

  • Move all pages from current site into WordPress.
  • Create theme that approximately resembles current site in look, display and functionality.
  • Includes improved navigation
  • Includes necessary redirects to add to htaccess file
  • Includes installation and testing on new server
  • Includes addition of the 5 Google-required pages for optimum SEO

 

Cost & Completion Time

Typically, this is 2-3 weeks starting at $799 for a 25 page site. (Recent projects ranged from $950 – 2 weeks – to $5695 – 90 days.) Payment 60% begin / 40% on completion and before installation.

2: WordPress Database Only – This will create a basic WordPress site with all existing content and general navigation. You add the theme and customization.

  • All body content only, no sidebars, forms, etc. (Those are created in WordPress.) Usually loaded into site sub-directory for your customization.
  • Includes the 5 Google-required pages for optimum SEO
  • Includes necessary redirects to add to htaccess file
  • Installation on new server – ready for customization

 

Cost & Completion Time

Typically, this is 2-4 days and $199 for a 25 page site. (Recent projects ranged from $199 to $650 depending upon number of pages and complexity.) Payment in full Under $250, otherwise 60% begin / 40% on completion. Most people just want to pay full amount.

3: Complete Site Redesign, without page content (to be added later by you)

  • Create theme that approximately resembles current site in look, display and functionality
  • Include blank pages for all pages from current site and includes blank pages for the 5 Google-required pages for optimum SEO.
  • Includes improved navigation
  • Includes necessary redirects to add to htaccess file
  • Installation on new server – ready for content

 

Cost & Completion Time

Typically, this is 1-2 weeks starting at $399 for a 25 page site. (Recent projects ranged from $450 to $795.) Payment 60% begin / 40% on completion and before installation.

  • Graphics contained within page content are properly linked.
  • Forms do not convert. There are plugins to handle all kinds of forms! You’ll need to do those again on your new WordPress site.
  • Complex tabular data probably will not convert. There are plugins for that, too.
  • Dynamic content is iffy. (I know we’re talking about converting static HTML sites but many static HTML have some dynamic PHP content.) For example, if you have a group of articles that are created from a database they will usually convert as separate pages. We’ll do our best. Most people find it is better to continue (using the database articles example) to create the articles from the database and push them into WordPress using a PHP exec plugin.

How this service works:

  • Fill out the Convert HTML to WordPress form. Be as specific as possible in the comments section.
  • I’ll look at your website, calculate the number of pages, look at the HTML and let you know what I can do. This may take a few days so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear back from me right away. I try to group conversion projects together.
  • If you agree we should proceed I’ll send you a link to PayPal for 60% payment.
  • When you are satisfied (remember forms, table data, dynamic content above) you pay the remainder and I’ll email you the database which you will import into a fresh WordPress install. Instructions will be included.

 

Note: Once the database is built and you are emailed the link to view your pages there is no refund on the initial 60%.

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Ready to start? Go to the Convert HTML to WordPress form.