To convert a website to WordPress, open up the old site and the new WordPress site.  Content will either go on Posts or Pages.  (see article on the difference between Posts and Pages)

When you paste into the Post or Page, you may need to use the “Paste as Text” or “Paste as Word” buttons on the WYSIWYG editor toolbar.

Paste as text or Word

The “Paste as Text” button will strip all formatting, but may also remove paragraphs and run everything together.  The “Paste as Word” will strip most extraneous formatting but keep some basic formatting.  This sometimes works better.

Formatting Guidelines

  • No centering
  • No local formatting for font color, font style, font size, font-family, background color.  Everything should be in a style sheet.

Formatting To Avoid

You’ll see two tabs at the top of the editor, Visual and Text.  If you switch to the Text view you should not see any code such as the following:

<span>, <div>, style=”…”, or anything else complicated looking.

Formatting That’s Okay

These is the formatting you may see that are good to use:   (only seen in the Text view)


<li>Numbered List</li>
<li>Numbered List</li>
<li>Numbered List</li>
<li>Unordered List</li>
<li>Unordered List</li>
<li>Unordered List</li>
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<h1>Heading 1</h1>
<h2>Heading 2</h2>
<h3>Heading 3</h3>

Here’s what this will look like in the Visual view:



  1. Numbered List
  2. Numbered List
  3. Numbered List
  • Unordered List
  • Unordered List
  • Unordered List


Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

That’s pretty much the only formatting you should need.  All the extraneous formatting that sometimes copies over from other web sites or Word documents just messes things up.