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Convert Network Solutions Website to Word Press?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by Nigel Farage, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

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    Client HATES Network Solutions, so I migrate site to Hostgator. Now she wants to update the content (add photos, text, etc...) and I discover that the site has been created using Network Solutions oddball proprietary CMS. They give people a GUI and tell them to make their own sites.

    Now it's on Hostgator, and I know very little about Website Design.

    Any help? Can I just somehow convert this thing to word press, or do I have to learn CSS, or what?
     
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    i can do it at a reasonable rate .... Pm me if interested ....
     
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  4. Nigel Farage

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    I found what I think is the best, most workable solution, and I'll document it here in case it's useful to someone else.

    The problem is NS's "Website Builder" tool. 1st, it's a very poor-quality tool to build a website, but also it creates a "mass" of unnecessary data that makes it difficult and tedious even for someone that knows how to directly edit CSS. You can spend a lot of time looking for someone that can do it, and then spend a lot of money for their time in order to make the edits. In my opinion, it's just not worth it.

    So, what I did was go back to the Network Solutions account, and edit the old data there using the "Website Builder" tool, and then export a backup copy of the data to my home computer, then upload that data to the Hostgator website's directory and extract it there.

    VOILA! It works find.

    Downside:

    If the data is not perfect, and needs re-editing, you must do the whole convoluted process all over again. I spoke to NS support last night, and they said there is no offline editor, and n software that will allow the NS data to be imported for editing and then exported for publishing. As far as I know, the only way to edit NS website data is on Network Solutions.

    Downside #2:

    Once the data has been edited, you cannot make a backup of the data to export until the data is 1st "published", and I'm pretty sure you cannot publish the data unless you have paid hosting. In my case, the site had been exported, the client quit paying for the hosting service, and I didn't think the site would publish, but then it turned out she still had a year of paid service and so it worked out for me.

    It might not work out without having some hosting time paid for, however I did confirm from NS support that you can buy a single month of hosting service for about $13.00, so there's an "out" there, in case someone needs it.
     
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