Moving Your Existing Site to a Drupal Site

If you already have a website, your URLs are probably spread around the world in users' bookmarks and on other websites; they may be further disseminated by being printed in books and magazines, and perhaps they are displayed in television advertising. When you move to a new website, you need to decide what to do. (Note that this is not a Drupal issue, although Drupal has tools to help you.)

The first thing you may worry about is your domain name itself: This is normally yours, and you can move it from one web hosting company to another, so you do not have to worry if your Drupal move will also involve a hosting move. For many people, moving an existing site to Drupal can be done in either of two ways. You can do a full conversion so that, at a certain time (2 A.M. on a Sunday morning is a popular time for this), the old site is replaced by the new Drupal site. The other way is to do a progressive conversion. In a progressive conversion, you address each area (sometimes even each page) with one of two approaches:

► Redirection to Drupal—If you know of specific URLs on your site other than your home page that are published or used commonly by visitors, you can use redirect statements to send them to pages with different naming conventions in your Drupal site.

► Redirection from Drupal—If there are sections of your existing site that need to be available but do not need to be updated for the Drupal conversion, you can leave them where they are and link or redirect to them from Drupal. Over time, you can move these pages into the actual Drupal site.

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