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Migrating a Hand-coded Web Site to WordPress

A new client recently contacted me about their old web site, because it wasn’t browsing properly anymore and was last updated in 2015. I took a look at the site and discovered that it was hand-coded, something that we used to do circa 1995 – 2008, before the advent of Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress became so popular. Browsing the old site only worked on the Desktop, while both Tablet and Mobile devices required you to pan, pinch and zoom around, so not mobile friendly. The previous web developer was not to be found on the Internet anymore, so my client was a bit stuck.

I recommended that we migrate the site to WordPress, still the #1 CMS in the world, and the client agreed. All of the content, pages and photos were re-used in WordPress, along with the logo, so now the site was finally mobile-friendly and easy to update. Each page had two to three columns, graphics and descriptive text. WordPress along with the JetPack Plugin were used to create photo galleries, and do all of the page layout with a responsive Theme called Twenty Sixteen.

Migrated WordPress Site

Their old site was hosted at GoDaddy using a Windows plan, so we changed that to a Linux plan for better stability and compatibility. An SSL Certificate was added, so that all pages are now secure with the https:// prefix, and they also get a higher rank in search engines like Google and Bing.

If you have an old site this is hand-code and not mobile friendly, then give me a call, I’d be glad to migrate it to a newer technology, also allowing you to make your own updates, instead of always asking a web developer to make changes.

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