It seems pretty straight forward to bring an HTML site into Pulse, if I wanted to convert my entire site to Pulse, but, that isn't what I want to do. While integrating the meta data from my actual site might be a good idea, I don't want to integrate the content of my site files into Pulse. I just want to display blog posts on my blog.php page, and use a Pulse footer, which I'm assuming would be done by embedding blocks.
What I can't figure out is getting my site files, and including my htaccess to work with Pulse. My site files are not .html files, they are .php files because I've written my own code for contact forms on pages with contact forms, and in order to integrate the blocks for Pulse 3 to have a Pulse footer my site files had to be .php files.
So, if I'm understanding correctly I add my site files to the "template" folder. Normally if I wanted to turn my site into a full Pulse site I would turn my index.php into the layout.php file, but I don't want my entire site to be a Pulse site. I want to keep my custom htaccess working the way it does, and I want to use the contact forms I've already built. I just want a Pulse blog and a footer for every page. If I need to convert my header in order to use the OGP tag for social media image sharing, then I can convert that as well. But do I still need to change my index.php file into the layout.php file to get this to work? Even though I do not want the content on any of my pages to be a part of Pulse? I just want to display blog posts and set up a working sidebar for my blog.php page that is setup in Pulse. As well as embed a Pulse footer, and if I need to do the same for my header to use the OGP tags for social media sharing.
I also need the content I've setup in my htaccess to still work, such as removing file extensions from my URLs, for example. I'm guessing if my site files do still go into the "template" folder, then I would also add my sites htaccess to the same folder. If so, what do I need to add to my htaccess for Pulse to work? I can remove the old rewrite rules for Pulse 3, I just don't want to lose my custom rewrite rules for other things related to my entire site.
I apologize for asking multiple questions, but hopefully I'm making sense for everything I want to do. I just need some steering in the right direction to get going.