I'm in the middle of converting our current website to a wordpress based site, bit worried that when it goes live we'll bounce around all over the place. How long after a site relaunch can I expect serps to settle down?
Current site is static, switching to wordpress as site will be a lot easier to maintain in the future. In the process of re-designing the site I'm merging a couple of pages that will never get links naturally, for example we've a page all about 'delivery' (of what we sell) which doesn't get a lot of views etc, so thought merging this with our page about 'how to place an order' with us would be a good idea (sort of get rid of thin content pages)? Another example would be merging our location page with our contact us page
All pages that are being moved due to the merge will be 301'd to their new location. None of the pages that are being moved have any external links coming in (as I say not the type of pages that would pick up links naturally and not really the types of useful pages for me to aim some external links at).
With the change over I am also using a plug-in to maintain the current URL extensions - is there any harm in this?
Finally, working on new site within a subfolder on same domain (i.e. main site is test.com, site being built on test.com/new site - all no indexed and no followed), I've been reading within Wordpress that when my new site is complete I can switch the folders about so although Wordpress is installed within a sub folder it would be running from the main domain (If I've explained it wrong you can see what I mean here - Giving WordPress Its Own Directory « WordPress Codex ), from a Google point of view is this safe to do or would I better going about this a different way?
Hope that all makes sense,