I'm seriously thinking of converting one of my sites from plain HTML pages to Wordpress. At the moment the site has around 300 pages so this isn't a small project, but in real terms the site has few backlinks and only a PR1.
If I change to Wordpress I could care less about most backlinks since they are to the domain rather then pages, and I could care less about the PR1. But I do care very much about pages being indexed.
The site already has a sitemap, and of course there is a sitemap plugin for WP, so do I actually need to add 301s in htaccess, or can I rely on submitting a new sitemap in webmaster tools?
I'd really appreciate a reply from someone with actual experience of doing something like this who can advise me.