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Melinda is a fully featured adaptive theme. Theme has very nice and clean elegant design that can be used for wedding agencies, personal wedding websites or simpy any company website. Theme color can be customized using our wordpress admin allowing you to use the theme as an elegant corporate theme.

Now powering over 29% of the Web, WordPress is increasingly becoming the content management system (CMS) of choice for the average user. But what about websites built with an outdated CMS or without a CMS at all? Does moving to WordPress mean starting over and losing all the time, energy and money put into the current website? Nope!

Migrating a website (including the design) over to WordPress is actually easier than you might think.

Let’s start from the beginning. We have our source website and we have the destination (or target) website that will be powered by WordPress. The source website is the one that’s currently online. In the context of our guide, we define two types of source websites:

  1. Running on a CMS
  2. Non-CMS powered site

We make this distinction to understand the work that lies ahead of us.

Migrating from Another CMS

If the source website is powered by a CMS platform, then we might have the good fortune of using a WordPress plugin to aid the migration process. As of March 2016, the WordPress codex list over 53 migration tutorials to import content from various content management solutions, blogging platforms, etc. Check to see if your CMS is in the list (there’s a high chance it is) and follow the necessary steps for migration. If your CMS isn’t listed in the WordPress codex, then you might want to check the WordPress Plugin Repository, or look for some tutorials online. Worst case, you’ll need to manually migrate the website.

Migrating from a Static Website

The task of manually migrating your website to WordPress can be a difficult one, but nonetheless, it is extremely important. Following are a couple of upsides to it:

  • You have greater control over your site’s content – you are aware of every post, page, category and tag created, mainly because you’re creating them manually.
  • It’s a solid learning experience – Migrating your site manually to WordPress gives you a solid understanding of WordPress’ features and functions. You get a practical hands-on session of the entire process.


Building a Solid Migration Plan

The way I see it, there are two ways to plan the migration process.

  • Thinking from the current/source website’s perspective.
  • Planning from WordPress’ standpoint.

I’m not a fan of method (a) since it adds a lot of unnecessary overhead in the migration process. To keep things fluid, we’ll plan our migration process keeping the destination CMS in mind – i.e. WordPress.

WordPress fundamentally stores content in the form of posts and pages (and as custom post types for advanced users), and organizes them using categories and tags. Thus the goal of our content reorganization plan would be to structure it in terms of post and pages, and categorize them using tags and categories.

For example, if your current CMS was Tumblr, then it’s best to plan how to reorganize your content in order to meet WordPress’ site structure, rather than installing plugins that would replicate Tumblr’s behavior in WordPress.

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