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replacing html website with wordpress template (3 posts)

  1. irinakremin
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have a simple website in html, and I'd like to redesign and make it anew with wordpress.
    However, I'm worried that if i install wordpress, the visitors coming to my website, will see the new wordpress website i'm working on, and not the old html website.
    In other words, I want visitors to still see the old website as it used to be until i finish building the new website with wordpress.
    is that possible?

  2. miocene22
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yes, just put wordpress in a different directory on your webserver (e.g. yourdomain.com/wordpress).

    Then you can develop your theme to a remote server whilst your html site stays unchanged.

    However, any user would be able to visit the incomplete wp site by going to that directory, and it might come up in google results which is undesirable during development.

    Another suggestion is to develop the theme locally on your pc by using xampp

    This is a nice all in one package that installs:

    1. an apache webserver
    2. php
    3. mysql and phpmyadmin

    on your pc so it is like having a remote site but it is all on your pc.

    This will allow you to develop your wordpress site without the internet and when the theme is made you just upload the theme folder to your wordpress installation on your host.

  3. krembo99
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @irinakremin.

    What miocene22 told you is correct, but I do not think those are things that must keep the simple user preoccupied.

    .. any user would be able to visit the incomplete wp site by going to that directory

    That is true, but only if the user KNOWS it exists..

    and it might come up in google results which is undesirable during development.

    I am not sure that it is a problem for the simple user, the SEO is something that concerns more professional users, and at any rate, google will update the links as soon as you move to the original location.. In my experience, it never took more than 2-3 days to update..

    ..Another suggestion is to develop the theme locally on your pc by using xampp...

    xampp is indeed a wonderful solution (I use it myself), but I think that it is more for theme development other than whole sites (although experienced users, including myself sometimes use it so). If I understood correctly,irinakremin wants to develop a whole site, and not a theme... that means uploading images, content etc. In that case, using local xampp will involve DB modifications, which IMHO, is not so recommended for beginners.
    irinakremin , look here to know how to have wordpress installed in a different directory (and thus, visible only to those who know it exist) , like miocene22 told you.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

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