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Setting up with one Domain before switching to another (4 posts)

  1. NickDawes
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi there

    I need a little help on the best way of going about a particular install problem i have.

    I have an existing site which I wish to replace with a wordpress site. I dont want any downtime at all so I'm setting up on another domain first and getting everything working and tested before I change over. I understand this will cause problems as everything will be routed to the original domain, is there an easy way of doing this or is it a case of having to have downtime on the existing site?

    Many thanks for any input..

  2. Tim S
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No, why dont you build the new WordPress site in a subfolder of the main domain. Then once the site is built you'll have to update some settings in the wp-config file and you're done. There's no downtime associated with this. Here's a link to the codex about giving wordpress it's own directory.

    Initially, you'll set the site URL to point to yourdomain.com/subfolder

    Replacing the yourdomain.com with your actual domain and the /subfolder with the actual folder.

    There's no need to buy and setup a whole other domain to build a new site.

    Alternatively, you can set up a local installation on WAMP, build the site locally and then move the files replacing the old site. Again, there's no downtime involved.

  3. NickDawes
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Excellent! Thanks Tim, WAMP sounds great as well but the subfolder method sounds neat enough and will do the job.

    Great advice!

  4. Tim S
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No worries! I'm glad I could help you!

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