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Replacing an old site with WordPress (4 posts)

  1. the red ned
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    I have been asked by a company to redevelop their website. A friend of mine installed WordPress in a folder on their hosting site. This allowed me to develop the site there. It is now ready to go and be moved to the companies hosting and replace the old site.

    I have never done anything like this before and I am unsure how to proceed here to make this as smooth as possible.
    Should I install WordPress in a directory on the companies web space and make sure the new site works properly there before replacing the old site with the new?

    If that goes well, is it then a simple matter of moving the WordPress install and all files and folders to the root and deleting the old files and folders to get the new site up and running?

    Also should I use a plugin to handle the 301 redirects or a .htaccess file.
    I have never done any of this before so any help would be hugely appreciated.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'd suggest installing WP in a sub-folder, yes. You may want to review Moving_WordPress first, though. Once the WP site is ready to be launched, rename any index.html or home.html files in the root folder and use this technique to allow WP to take over root without moving everything again.

  3. the red ned
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    That's great, thank you.

    Have you any thoughts on the 301 redirects? Would using a plugin to handle these be a better option for the inexperienced than using the .htaccess file.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes - unless you're used to adding redirects to an .htaccess file, you might be better off using a redirection plugin.

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