[thelist] retrofit wordpress

Gersten, John JGERSTEN at lchb.com
Tue Jun 9 11:48:51 CDT 2009

I recently shoehorned some Wordpress blogs into existing non-Wordpress
sites. I am a very new Wordpress user and yet found it extremely easy to
grab the dynamic coding and place it in newly-created blog pages that
were otherwise just clones of the main site pages (outside of

If you're fairly comfortable with basic html and css and at least a
little php, you could probably comb through the Wordpress default pages
to figure out the Wordpress code you need in an hour or two, and get it
emplaced and running in another two to three hours. YMMV, of course, but
I found it all surprisingly straightforward.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org 
> [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Rider
> Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 7:22 AM
> To: bobm at dottedi.biz; thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thelist] retrofit wordpress
> On Jun 9, 2009, at 8:42 AM, Bob Meetin wrote:
> > A client wannabe has a simple 800x600 html website.  She 
> wants a blog 
> > retrofitted to her existing site to match 'reasonably' the current
> > (well, er maybe last decade's version of current) theme, 
> look/feel.   
> > It
> > would probably live in a subdirectory.
> >
> > Q1) Does wordpress or any of the other blogging apps have a 
> component 
> > that you can slide ride in to make this happen?
> > Q2) If not, how much time (est.) would you allow for research and 
> > customizing a wp theme to make this happen?
> It's easy to put WordPress in a directory on an existing site 
> and run it.  So on the site you could create a directory 
> /blog/ and install WordPress there.
> As for matching the existing site, you would have to make a 
> custom theme of some sort.  You may be able to take an 
> off-the-shelf theme and simply modify the CSS and images.  
> Look at the themes "Sandbox", or "P2", among others for 
> "stripped down" themes that are designed to be modified.  
> Also check out the concept of "Child Themes" in WordPress -- 
> it's a way to base a new theme on an existing theme without 
> directly modifying the original theme -- which is handy when 
> that original is updated.
> Stephen
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