Hi, we were planning on developing all new WP sites on our VPS using unique IP addresses so that all linking would remain relative to root when in development and when switching the domain to go live. So much less to change and less chance for errors with permalinks, plugins, etc. when testing and when going live.
Unfortunately, there is a shortage of IP addresses left and our host (Host Gator) won't give out new IPs without the need for an SSL certificate (which most of our sites will not need).
So every new site we create now will be located at 'http://shared.ip.add.ress/~cpanelaccount'.
- What is the best and most foolproof method for developing our sites now?
- How do we ensure that we can test all aspects, including permalinks, any plugins, any custom theme tweaks, etc. since the URL is not technically a root URL while in development?
- Are there .htaccess tweaks we need to make, or is it as simple as setting the proper site URL in WP admin, wp-config.php or the database?
THANKS! This through a huge wrench in our development strategy. Hoping it's not too complicated of a workaround.