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making site without domain name (5 posts)

  1. thecatharsis
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi, I've seen a couple forums on this, but none exactly with my problem.

    I'm transferring a domain from my boss's godaddy account to mine and am trying to create a new site for it. However, we want to avoid downtime for the site.

    So far, I haven't seen any options for me to create a site without the domain name first being acquired. The second I transfer this domain, everything is going to wipe from it. So I really want to pre-design the WordPress and THEN transfer.

    Anyone know how to do that?

  2. linux4me2
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    This actually happens all the time, though you may not realize it. Say you buy a domain from a registrar, then build your site on a web host that uses that domain name and gives you a unique IP address. You go to the registrar's site and change the DNS to point to the new site. You can use the site via just the IP address all you want before changing the DNS, you just can't get there using the domain name until you do.

    I've done this before when moving a client's site from one host to another using the same domain name. Let's say the domain is called "yourdomain.com." You just create a new account on GoDaddy with the same domain "yourdomain.com" and develop the WordPress site using the IP address for the new account, then when you have it all working, change the DNS on the boss's account to point to the new site, then go through and change WordPress to use the domain name instead of the IP address.

    The other thing you can do is call GoDaddy and tell them you want to transfer the domain and the hosting (if they have it) to your account. They will help you do it, and it will be nearly seamless. Then, develop your new WordPress site in a subfolder on the new domain/account. Once you have it the way you want it, move/rename the root folder containing the old site and move the WordPress installation into the root directory.

  3. deepbevel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You should be able to install wp in a subdirectory of your domain, without assigning a domain name to it.

    after that this may help.

  4. thecatharsis
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You just create a new account on GoDaddy with the same domain "yourdomain.com"

    Thanks so much for your response, I get it completely. But how am I supposed to make a new account with the domain name if the name is already in use? GoDaddy prompts me to transfer it when I try to do that.

  5. linux4me2
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I guess GoDaddy has thought of this and doesn't want it happening that way. You may have to give their tech support a call and tell them what you want to do in order to bypass the form, or go with another web host.

    You could also go with option B:

    The other thing you can do is call GoDaddy and tell them you want to transfer the domain and the hosting (if they have it) to your account. They will help you do it, and it will be nearly seamless. Then, develop your new WordPress site in a subfolder on the new domain/account. Once you have it the way you want it, move/rename the root folder containing the old site and move the WordPress installation into the root directory.

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