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  • # February 8, 2010 at 4:45 am

    So I’ve been following Chris Coyier’s tutorial "Building a Website", and I have found that his uploading of Kailin Yong’s information from his former blog, as opposed to creating entirely new content, has got me very confused. I am attempting to make a WordPress blog for my roommate, and I have to create it from scratch. Subsequently, my roommate’s host actually has WordPress already installed as an app, so now I just need to get the data from my HTML and CSS files into the blog pages (PHP WordPress files).

    Now, let me pose my main questions:

    When you create a new page via the WORDPRESS installation on your host, does it always save as a PHP file, or can you change the file extension?

    Secondly, does anyone have a link to a video tutorial about creating a WordPress blog from scratch, which is more to the point than the one that I’m using?

    You can e-mail me at smithaa99@gmail.com or through the forum.

    Thank you,
    Adam

    Rob
    # February 8, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Ok I think you are making this far too complicated :)

    If your friends host has WP installed – I would pretend it dosen’t for learning purposes.

    Theme files that are used by WordPress are always either PHP or CSS. When you mark a file with the extension .PHP the server knows what to do with it. You can save a purely HTML file as PHP – it really doesn’t matter that way.

    What do you mean by creating a new page? The reason I ask is in WordPress you create pages… I am not sure what exactly you are referring to.

    I think if you are using the video tut Chris made and you don’t get it, you might struggle with others too… but I know of another by a guy called Drew Douglass – you can see it here: http://blog.themeforest.net/screencasts … star-book/

    # February 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks Robski,

    Basically, what Chris does in the video is imports musician Kailin Yong’s OLD WordPress data to his NEW WordPress site. Then the pages all show up on there – Biography, Discography, etc. So he’s kind of left me in the exhaust here, whereas I am making a BRAND NEW site for my musician friend, who has NEVER HAD a WordPress blog.

    So what I’m left with is a bunch of blank pages in WordPress.

    Can you change file extensions in WordPress somehow?

    Thanks for the video link, the big thing here is, I’m going in to work for my CSS/PHP "apprenticeship" tomorrow (I’m paid), and I want to show this guy that I can create a WordPress blog on my own.

    # February 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    The extension of the page doesn’t matter as you can change how it is displayed to users in WordPress’ options.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Changi … Your_Pages

    More on permalinks:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

    # February 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    If you don’t have any content in your fresh WordPress install, but you do have content in your old sites files, there is no way to "import" that into WordPress. You’ll need to use the WordPress admin, create a new page, paste in the content, and publish the page. WordPress pages aren’t kept as literally PHP files sitting on your server, all that content is inside the database and displayed dynamically through templates.

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