I want to move a 30-page, static website to wordpress while keeping its PR and all of the backlinks, but I don't know how to do it.
I have heard about 301 redirects and stuff, its just that I don't know if the redirection works in this case too. And if it does, do I need to create the redirects after I install WP and configure everything, or before? I assume it needs be done after installing and configuring everything.
Also, where exactly must I create the redirects: in the admin area of WP through the help of a plugin or somewhere else (like webmaster tools)? And if I use redirection, will everything (PR, backlinks, rankings in Google) remain intact?
The pages of my website all end in .php (mywebsite.com/pageone.php, mywebsite.com/pagetwo.php, etc) and that's what worries me. I have a feeling that all of the backlinks that I built to these extensions since 2009 to date will be lost once I make the transition to wordpress with its different permalink structure
Anyone knowledgeable and willing to help me?
Thanks in advance