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Redesign debate

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jon_xx_x, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I've been on the fence about a redesign for a year now, and I can't decide what to do.

    My design now is .html and I have about 60+ pages, and even the navigation bar is static. So if I make any changes, I have to do every single page individually. The site is not fixed width, and looks a bit stretched on my 23" monitor. Not a big deal for content, but it takes away from the sale page, imo.
    I want to switch to wordpress, thesis theme, which will make everything a lot easier. Also changed the look a bit, to make it more cleaner, more professional.

    The problem is, 1) I still kinda like the old design, and I don't know if it's a matter of not liking change. 2) members like the old design as well, and I wonder if it's the same thing. 3) I have a lot of very competitive top 10 rankings and I'm worried about harming them, even a bit. But I have about 200 pages of content I will be adding, and if I keep the old site, it's going to be a lot of work.

    Need some help!
     
  2. no4ck

    no4ck Registered Member

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    I've always been an advocate for Wordpress truthfully. Any HTML sites I've ever have, now are on Wordpress. Sometimes it's a bitch to move over, but worth it in my experiences.

    I don't know if I'd necessarily be worried about the SEO factor - except that your links may change. People who may have backlinked your page or google has indexed - might change from http://domainname.com/page.html to http://domainname.com/category/this-is-the-headline... so having broken links might hurt a bit.

    If it's a membership website or something to that nature, I'd go ahead and build parallel and move info to wordpress. In the end, you'll be much happier and I'm sure your members would agree. Change is difficult for some, but in order to maintain the site and keep everything organized, I think wordpress is your best option.

    Good Luck!
     
  3. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Thanks. Well there is a .html plugin for WP, which I've used ona couple other sites, so I can use the exact same URLs. But I'm thinking the same about switching to WP, that it's just a good system to be on and SEs love it as well. It's a membership, but membership area is all in the forum, so it's not really directly effecting current members.
    And I'll also easily be able to add FB/G/Twitter buttons on each page as well.
     
  4. dowser

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    What is that html plugin? Sounds like something I could use in my conversion as well. Do you mind sharing it?
     
  5. jon_xx_x

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    Think it's called .html on pages.
    Let me know if you find it.
    Just install it, and change your permalinks to %postname%.html or whatever the doe is. Just remove the slash and put .html.