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How To Keep Old WP Site Live While Rebuilding from Scratch (3 posts)

  1. mcography
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have a WordPress site that I want to rebuild completely from scratch. I don't like the current site at all, so once the new site is finished, the current site will be deleted. However, I need to keep the current site live while I work on the new site. I've been reading on the forums, but I'm still not 100% sure I understand what to do.

    From what I understand, I should download and install a second version of WordPress in a subdirectory (ex. mydomain.com/test). Is that correct? Does that mean I will have to create a new database in cPanel as well?

    If that's right, then when I am done redesigning the new site and ready to publish it, I should either go into General Settings and change the site address to the subdirectory OR delete the current installation in the root directory and move the new files from the subdirectory to the root. Am I on the right track?

    (If it helps to know, I currently have WordPress installed in the root. Also, this is a personal portfolio website wherein the homepage will be a page and the blog will be located at mydomain.com/blog. Thanks in advance for your help.)

  2. Abhishek Ghosh
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You basically can not describe easily, right ?

    From what I understand, I should download and install a second version of WordPress in a subdirectory (ex. mydomain.com/test). Is that correct? Does that mean I will have to create a new database in cPanel as well?

    Yes. But Sub folder needs no cPanel or anything to create, that is sub domain which needs it. You can create from FTP software. Its just a folder. Just create a new database from cPanel. Put a new wordpress (uncompressed) there and install with the new database.

    Solutions :

    1. Follow my guide - http://thecustomizewindows.com/2012/08/clean-installation-of-wordpress-on-a-live-domain-without-maintenance-mode/

    2. or Install a new WordPress on sub directory and do whatever you want for fresh one. Delete all files from root and then follow this guide - http://www.bizquarium.com/install-wordpress-subdirectory

    This is very common situation. WordPress should be cleaned in the way you are doing after a certain usage to fully optimize the database and organize the files. It is site curation like we clean, paint our homes.

  3. mcography
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for your help, Abhishek.

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