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How to build a WP site offline (6 posts)

  1. gazette gal
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have just started using WordPress to build sites for my clients. Many of my clients have an existing website but they want me to create a new one for them. They then want my new site to be live under their existing domain name.

    **This is not a question about transfers, hosts, nameservers etc - I know how to do that and have done it successfully several times.**

    This is a question about whether or not there is a way to create the new sites for each of my clients BEFORE I transfer their domain, hosting, nameservers etc?

    Basically, I need to be able to show them a preview of their new website, fix it and tweak it to their satisfaction.... the whole time leaving their existing, not so loved, website live for the public. But I really don't want to have to purchase a pile of temporary domain names to be able to do this.

    So is there any way to build a WordPress site BEFORE you have an actual domain to work with?

    I've read several posts that have attempted to ask this type of question, but never seemed to express themselves clearly enough to get the answer they were looking for.... hoping that my explanation of what I'm asking makes sense.

    I'm wondering if that's what the "local" install of WordPress might be for, but wasn't sure.

  2. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Posted 2 years ago #

  3. gazette gal
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It's amazing the information that can be packed into a single word! I need to work on that skill lol.

    Thank you!

  4. wspencer
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you use a Mac, I recommend MAMP....especially if you're going to be doing a lot of work with other sites that use custom MySQL databases

  5. gazette gal
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you, but no, I'm not working on a Mac.... perhaps one day, but not this day. :)

  6. cubecolour
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You can set up apache, MySQL & PHP on windows using XAMPP: http://www.apachefriends.org

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