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TOPIC: keeping page urls moving to Wordpress

keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40435

Is it possible to keep many of the old page addresses as there are dozens of sites which link to the current non wordpress version of the site I want to makeover in wordpress.

evtn.com/produced-water-oil-gas.html
evtn.com/casestudies.html
evtn.com/products_benefits.html

Would it be good idea to add a redirect to pages instead?
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40467

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Hi mul88tiii

Yes, sort of.

Isn't that a bad answer? :(

Let me be more accurate, it depends on whether you can find a pattern in your URLs. The more consistent your current URLs, the easier it will be to move to WordPress.

For example:

1) if all your pages have .html at the end, that makes life easier.
2) if all your URLs use - rather than _, then that makes life easier.
3) if all your pages don't use folders, then that makes life easier.

It gets trickier when there's a mix of all these options.

So, is evtn.com the real site you want to move and how many pages do you intend to move?
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40485

steve wrote:
Hi mul88tiii

Yes, sort of.

Isn't that a bad answer? :(

So, is evtn.com the real site you want to move and how many pages do you intend to move?

Thank you, Steve,
"sort of" with your explanation helps.

Most all end in html
but there is a mix of _ and -
newsletters are in a folder - I thought of archiving them as is and have just a "home" key navigating back to the new wordpress site
evtn.com is the site to be updated

I know there is another folder one with pdfs another with a slideshow I created in Fireworks - evtn.com/videosa/index.html perhaps create a link to it?

I'm looking forward to using Wordpress apps to create future slideshows.


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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40489

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Thanks. A couple of follow-up questions before I give advice:

1) How many pages are you moving?
2) Do any of them get real traffic? Are we talking 5-10 visitors per day to each page or 100s?
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40498

re Visits:
After a press release (or the CEO's appearance on CNBC power lunch ) - a lot, but other wise in a month: 1,064 Visits // 3,023 Pageviews // 2.84 Pages/Visit
I'm concerned about the 75 links (from other industry specific sites) that I wanted to open correctly.

It's a niche equipment market that cleans produced water from oil drilling and just now entering frac water clean up, involving Fortune 500 companies.
So it's important that websites with this type of traffic don't lead a potential customer (for million dollar equipment) with a dead link.

that's why I also thought of a redirect message on old pages
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40622

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Hi mul88tiii

OK, that's good news. There's not much to lose here in terms of traffic.

This would be my plan:

I'd take the most sensible and common URL pattern from your old site. This would certainly be /keyword.html or keyword-phrase.html.

You can have all of those URL settings with one setup. You can also easily add .html by using WordPress' custom permalinks settings. Your setting would look like this:
/%postname%.html

Then, go ahead and add the newsletters as pages. Create one central newsletter page and then add the actual newsletters as sub-pages. That would give you your folder URL.

That would do the majority of the URLs. Any stray ones might need to be redirected. You might also consider standardizing the URLs using - rather than _.

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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40623

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Hope you don't mind me following this as well. I wonder if you could clarify a little for me.

Are the 75 links you are concerned about 75 individual links that are all different? Or is there some pattern in their names you can use to write a more general rule for them?

The other end of the redirection is important too. 75 links to one page? or 75 links to 75 pages?

Just trying to understand the scope of the task.

Thanks,
Ed

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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40704

edandrea wrote:
Hope you don't mind me following this as well. I wonder if you could clarify a little for me.

Are the 75 links you are concerned about 75 individual links that are all different? Or is there some pattern in their names you can use to write a more general rule for them?

The other end of the redirection is important too. 75 links to one page? or 75 links to 75 pages?


Thanks,
Ed
Ed,
thank you. I found a site that searched the number of websites with incoming links to evtn.com. I received a number of 72 a month ago. Do you know how/where I can track the details you listed? I'd like to find that info.
I am glad you asked.
Ruth
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40705

steve wrote:
I'd take the most sensible and common URL pattern from your old site. 2

You can have all of those URL settings with one setup. You can also easily add .html by using WordPress' custom permalinks settings. Your setting would look like this:
/%postname%.html

Then, go ahead and add the newsletters as pages. Create one central newsletter page and then add the actual newsletters as sub-pages. That would give you your folder URL.

That would do the majority of the URLs. Any stray ones might need to be redirected. You might also consider standardizing the URLs using - rather than _.

Steve,

I can have both /keyword.html and keyword-phrase.html in wordpress correct?

Yes there aren't too many with the" _ "to redirect. So, I agree that is the best way to go. I say this with about 80% certainty as I need to actually start building those pages to understand exactly how this
/%postname%.html
will work. this line of reasoning with code will also work for the nav bar?

The reason I knew I would run into trouble keeping old page links was when I converted my personal blog to wordpress and the pages wouldn't link. That blog would be a good testing ground.
My next WALL is picking a theme. The purpose of joining OStraining forum was to move through these learning curves quicker. Picking an industrial corporate theme that would be versatile, clean looking minus a lot of bugs is my next step. So I'll open a new topic. Once I get the theme I can conquer the page set up, too.
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40788

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Hi Ruth
can have both /keyword.html and keyword-phrase.html in wordpress correct?

Yes, you'd just need to make sure to manually edit the Permalinks for each page. By default, it will revert to keyword-phrase.html.
this line of reasoning with code will also work for the nav bar?

Can you explain that question a little more?
I converted my personal blog to wordpress and the pages wouldn't link.

It's hard to tell at a distance, but my guess would be an error with the .htacess file. That controls all the URLs on your site and would the source of most errors.
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40812

Well all the links lead to a page from a nav bar OR TAB so that was a dumb question.

evtn.com/produced-water-oil-gas.html
evtn.com/products_benefits.html

I need to drag in my blog so I can get it working right and learn what you are explaining.

Thank you.
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keeping page urls moving to Wordpress 2 years 1 month ago #40862

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You're welcome, Ruth! We're glad to be of help! :)

Kind regards,
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