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[resolved] Can I have two wordpress installs with only one "active"? (12 posts)

  1. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I have a wordpress site working well. I don't want to mess with it at all. However, I feel the need to begin work on a new one to replace this one someday. My current site is in a folder under my root directory and I have been told that I can add a new folder in File manager under my root dir and place a second install of wp into that folder? (my server uses "simple scripts")

    I only want one site active at one time, under my one domain. The second install is to create a new, different site, with a different theme, its own plugins, gallery of images, etc. As far as content, I will copy and past text from the old as needed. I am in no rush. Once it is completed, I will then place my "pointer" to that site and replace my current site. I want to keep the one domain I have. Just want the option to build a new house before moving into it.

    Is this possible, and will this second install have a new login id and password? I want to keep things totally separate.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Is this possible, and will this second install have a new login id and password?

    Yes. And yes. :-)

  3. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    cool:) thanks.

    anything I need to be wary of?

  4. Sandeep
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Indexing by bots. Use robots.txt or wordpress configurable to not allow google index your test site, else it will get duplicated.

  5. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    great tip. had forgot about that. thanks!

  6. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    do a lot of people do this? my searches showed a lot more about setting up multilple sites on different domains, or sub-domains. you can't really have two sites on one domain, can you?

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    You can put a separate install in a sub-directory and yes, lots of people do it. See:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

  8. Sandeep
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    You can - Checklist:
    1) Have different databases
    2) Have it in different subfolders
    3) Prevent indexing or access to unwanted folders/site

  9. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    so I could actually have something like mywebsite.com and then also have mywebsite.com/blog at the same time with two separate installs? very interesting.

    I will probably go with my original intention for now since I just want to create a new .org site and then replace the old one with it when it is complete, but that is good to know for future reference.

    I appreciate all the help. I will leave this topic open for a bit to see if anyone wants to comment, but I think I am good:)

  10. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    oops. I didn't think when I posted the my site thing. wasn't trying to create an ad.

  11. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    No problem - you didn't. And yes, that's exactly how it works.

  12. bwoff
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    great!

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