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    I have a few static sites with all pages in html and and some with 100+ articles. And at that point updating them is a total disaster - to add a new page I'd need to edit the menu in all the other pages - manually! The pages have grown too big now and each page has lots of redundant js and other code, so needless to say I want to structure this better somehow

    The two options I was thinking about are either put some elements in php, or just use wordpress. I've recently noticed that the new owners of monsterguide.net actually use WP. This would require quite a lot of modifications to make WP look like a real site, rather than another lame blog

    So what do you think, would it be a good idea?

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    Why don't you pay someone to make a simple CMS in PHP? Or create one yourself? It's a hard job, but I'm sure when the CMS will be there you will work even harder as it's more easier to add articles


    Greetz
    |Nico Lawsons

  3. Quote Originally Posted by Aquarezz View Post
    Why don't you pay someone to make a simple CMS in PHP? Or create one yourself? It's a hard job, but I'm sure when the CMS will be there you will work even harder as it's more easier to add articles


    Greetz
    I did that for my other site, but it turned out to be more complicated than it seems and in the end the cms lacked many useful features. Why reinvent the wheel, I think wp is good, it also offers versatility, so that completely different looking site structures can be made

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    If it's only 100 pages doing a 301 to the new wordpress posts is just half an hour of copying and pasting so go that route. I recently did something similar with a site that had 250 pages moving it to WP, the results in terms of AdSense earnings and number of pages indexed have been outstanding. Those 250 pages ended up becoming over 900 after Google had indexed all the different urls on WP (including images and overview pages) and they weren't indexed before.

  5. I was planning to copy paste the content from old pages into newly created wp posts.

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    I've also noticed that MG is now using WP; go with WP I'd say, it's easy and free!

    Also, it's not that hard to make it look like a regular site and not a blog, you just need to find a good theme and remove dates, archives, commenting system, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shenron View Post
    Also, it's not that hard to make it look like a regular site and not a blog, you just need to find a good theme and remove dates, archives, commenting system, etc.
    Sounds easy, in fact it might even be a good idea for one of us here (perhaps me) to convert a small selection of good SEO type WP themes to static themes like you describe. Does anyone have a list of great SEOd themes for WP that could form the start of a NetBuilders exclusive set of WP themes?

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