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I've decided to try out Wordpress for the first time, so apologies if this is a nooby question. I want to try and make a basic template website, based on something that was already provided. I currently have a local static website (html, css & js files) and would like to import this into Wordpress so I can manage my content through them. Is there any way to do this?

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There is documentation on how to create a theme on the codex: Theme Development.

You can also get started quickly with basic starter themes; underscores.

There are also tools that you can use to package and distribute your theme; wp dist-archive

  • Thank you. Currently, my static website is heavily based upon html5up.net/arcana with only minor changes (colors and images mostly). I chose that one because of its looks and responsiveness. Would you recommend I try to import it to Wordpress or Just pick a Wordpress template and modify that? – GillesDV Nov 12 '16 at 16:49
  • If you want to learn, just hack in the pieces into a boiler plate theme. You don't need all the bells and whistles. If you want to go for speed then get a theme that's closer to arcana. There are enough tool and examples on how to build a theme --- which is just segmented parts put together at runtime. something like generatewp.com can help you do the internals a little faster. – jgraup Nov 12 '16 at 16:57
  • I think I'm gonna go for the latter tbh. This Wordpress thingy is almost certainly more of a one-time thing, rather than anything I aim to specialize myself in. I'm more of a .NET kind of dev, but non-IT people can't dive into code. Anyway, thanks for the advice! – GillesDV Nov 12 '16 at 17:00
  • wphierarchy.com shows a good diagram of the possible pages you could modify. – jgraup Nov 12 '16 at 17:18
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You need to create a custom theme from your static website. Many tutorials about that for example here http://www.wpexplorer.com/create-wordpress-theme-html-1/

Then You just copy your's content into pages,posts or custom post type in CMS. If you got a lot of content, you can create xml or csv file, and import It to wordpress.

  • Ah gotcha. Thanks. What about JS though? I don't see any of that mentioned on first sight. My current site does have JS, though I should mention it's a template on its own I downloaded. I'm unsure what would be easiest; import the site in regards to your link, or just remake it. The website has basically a fancy header, a nav-bar and a few empty pages. – GillesDV Nov 12 '16 at 16:30
  • what do you mean by JS ? You just add JS library to your template in functions.php wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/… . – Mateusz Winnicki Nov 13 '16 at 14:34

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