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keep current wp website live and design another from scratch (4 posts)

  1. chipsndip21
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm building another website for my company. The current website was built on wordpress. Best case scenario, I would like to start from scratch with a new theme, upload new files, etc... while keeping the current website live. Once the newly designed site is complete I'd replace the old site with the newly designed one and keep the same domain name. The website is hosted through Hostway.com

    option 1: I've been told I can install a second version of wordpress and rename the index file (i.e. index.html for the current site and index2.html for the new site). Once the newly designed site is complete I could make a backup, then delete the old site and change the index2.html file to index.html, therefor overwriting it.

    Is this the best way to go about it?

    I have 3 MySQL databases and only 1 in use. So that could be utilized as well. I looked at the previous support posts;

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/redesigning-while-keeping-old-site-live?replies=3

    and tried the plugins without success. I want to completely redesign the site not test drive it. Also how would this work for logging into wp to edit the site? Currently I log in at http://www.example/wp-login.php

    Kyle

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Install WP in a sub-folder and then see Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory when you are ready to launch the new site. The older site can then be removed at your leisure.

  3. chipsndip21
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So this essentially means I'll have 1 version of WP installed in the root directory and another in the sub-folder of that directory correct?

    From what I understand I will still sign in at the same address (www.example.com/wp-login.php) to edit the new site. Does that mean that there will be 2 admin panels..? One for the current and one for the redesign in progress.

    I apologize but I'm still a little of a beginner with WP and the person who built the previous website kind of "threw it together".

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So this essentially means I'll have 1 version of WP installed in the root directory and another in the sub-folder of that directory correct?

    Correct.

    I will still sign in at the same address (www.example.com/wp-login.php) to edit the new site

    No - you will login at http://www.example.com/sub-folder/wp-login.php

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