Is your website ready for WordPress?

The time is soon coming when your site will be transitioned to WordPress from Drupal. Is your website ready for the transition?

Since we are going to transfer the content of your site over as it is, with a new look and feel, any changes you would like to make to the structure and content can be made now, which will make the transition smoother.

Below are some of the ways that you can help get your website ready. Mostly this comes down to evaluating your content, making sure that visitors to your site can easily find what they need, and making sure that each page is semantically correct.

Content Evaluation

Often when we build a web page, once it is complete, we don’t look at it again unless it needs an update or breaks in some way. For this process to be smooth and successful, I challenge you to review all the pages on your site, with the following in mind.

Broken Links

Things change, am I right? Definitely good to make sure internal (links to pages within your site) and external (links to sites outside of yours) are still valid.

Relevant Content

Again, things change. Make sure that anything you want visitors to your site is up-to-date, fresh, and relevant to their needs.

Copy Editing

We all make mistakes! Check for typos, copy-paste errors, and other basic mistakes.

Simplify

Does a web page have just one paragraph of text, or the opposite, a super-long scroller? Consider combining pages following semantic guidelines (more on that below), or breaking long pages out.

Semantic Markup

Using headers properly could be a whole article on its own, so I will try to keep it simple here. In this context, think of it as being like an outline for a paper. For example: The title of your web page is the subject of the paper, and the sections within it have titles themselves. If those sections have sub-sections, they get titles as well (this document follows this format). On a webpage the titles are referred to as heading tags, with h1 being the most important title. H2 is reserved for section titles, and h3 for sections below those in importance.

  • H1 = Document Title
  • H2 = Section Title
  • H3 = Subsection Title

The most common error is to use heading tags instead of font size. When done properly, your webpage will produce a nice clean structure that screen readers, search engines, and users will find easy to read. To verify your structure, you can use the excellent HeadingsMap extension (Chrome, Firefox).

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