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Can I copy in content from somewhere else?

I am moving my old site in, can I copy the old content from the exisiting pages?

If you are going to copy content straight from a web page into a content element then no.  When you copy content from a web page, the formatting behind the content is copied.  And although you don't see it, that is pasted into the content element too.  This can not only fail your site when it's tested before it goes live, it can cause some unexpected oddities in your content.  Like tiny text or text in an unusual font.  When this happens, it can make your site look messy and unprofessional.

However, if you copy the content from a web page and paste it into Notepad first, then re-copy it and paste it into a content element, then yes you can copy it.

One thing though, if you haven't changed your content in a while, you might want to give it a freshen up! 

Copying content from other sites

Quoting from other sites is fine.   Always include a link to that site and page and state that you are quoting from that site.  Ask permission.  Basically folk, do what you would do if you were quoting a source in a paper.  

You should never take a chunk of text from another site and put it into your page it's dishonest and unethical to do this.  Not only that it's very likely copyright infringement. 

For more information please see:

Copyright Office

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Wikipedia article)


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