I have no problems creating new websites for other people. However within the past week I have had 2 people, with a third possible as well, approach me and ask if I could upgrade their existing websites by creating a new WordPress website and retaining their current domain name.

Obviously I am going to build and host them here. So my questions are...

1) If I am creating a new WordPress website using an existing domain name from a non-WordPress website and most of the content will be the same, would that be considered duplicate content?

2) How does the process work of closing down the old website so that when someone goes to jsljazz . com they are directed to the new WordPress website and not the old website?

Anyone have training specific to these questions?

Thank you in advance WA!

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Lemm Premium
Hello Robert,

I'm no expert, but this is my second time revamping an entire website (> 200 pages), this time converting from non-responsive website to responsive one using tweeter bootstrap 3.0.xx.

In answer to your questions:

1. As I understand it, the name server that holds your domain can only point to one hosting service. It is impossible to have a name server point to two different hosting services for the same domain name. Therefore if you setup a Wordpress website using the same domain name, the old website will automatically disappear once the name server is updated to point to WA. It's not possible to have duplicate content in this case.

2. They are directed the new website by virtue of the name servers where your domain name is registered, pointing to WA's server. The old website will no longer be accessible because the name servers will no longer point there.

What I would do is to make sure that the new Wordpress website pages have the same file names as the old website file names, otherwise you'll get lots of broken indexes.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Lem. That makes sense. See my reply to Nathaniell above, he basically said the same thing. You can comment accordingly if you so desire.
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
I don't know if I'd consider this an upgrade but I am duplicating my credit repair site to a wordpress site. for no other reason than I can. for the moment the new site will be hosted here. The other site is hosted at Hostgator. Eventually all of my sites will be at Hostgator. one thing that I am re-doing are all of the static post. just because we have a different style of Razr on staff today thing we did back in 2012... When the site originally came up.
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boomergp08 Premium
Question, why host on Hostgator when you can host up to 25 websites here for free with your Premium membership?
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
I've had Hostgator for years. I am sure soon I will have more than 25 websites. I will not be at WA forever. I need to learn some different ways but I don't need the cheerleading. I will eventually have all I need.
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Rich908 Premium
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you for the link.
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Prestones Premium
I recently did this as well. I exported an XML file with all the pages and posts in it (Tools -> Export), and downloaded the wp-content/uploads folders via ftp.

Next I changed the nameservers, waited for it to propagate, and installed WordPress within WA "on your own domain". I modified plugins as necessary and added the theme that had been in use. I had to temporarily add a plugin ("WordPress Importer") to import the XML file I'd exported. Once the file was imported and looked good, I deleted the plugin.

I then re-imported the images via ftp to the new Uploads folder, making sure to keep the images in the same directory (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). I haven't quite sorted out how to get the images to show up in the media directory yet - but at least they aren't broken in the pages / posts.

I then copied any custom CSS and any files which had been modified (header.php) to the theme's directory from my earlier Content folder download.

With most of the transfer done, I went in and cleaned up the new site. No 301 redirects were required (as long as the root URL doesn't change), and no duplicate content issues.

Dennis
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boomergp08 Premium
I'll remember that for one of the websites. The other one I just found out will be a totally new website where only the domain name will remain the same.
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IMc Premium
I had to do this a few years ago for my sites.

See:http://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/converting-html-sites-to-wordpress-sites

If it's a simple HTML site then an easier way is to install wordpress in a subdirectory on the existing hosting . Then you set up the categories & URLs so they are duplicates of the existing site. Cut & paste the content. Upload the photos. Then to make the site go live run it from the root folder. See: http://marktyrrell.com/2012/09/installing-wordpress-in-a-subdirectory-running-it-from-the-root-directory/ And delete the old pages.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks for the links.
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