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  • I am building a WP site on my own server. The client has an existing site on another server and does not want to have any down time. I would like to build this site on my server using a generic production domain name – Example: – and once I am finished, I will change the domain name on my server, to his. At the same time the client changes his name servers to point to me.

    Is this the correct way to do this? Is there a better way? Exactly what will I have to alter withing the WP site itself?

    Thanks for the help,

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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Why not install WordPress in a sub-folder then when you’re ready to launch the new site, see Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory.

    When you are ready to “go live”, use WP Migrate DB to do a find a replace on your database to reflect the new url.

    I personally prefer not to handle hosting and let an outside company do it, but that’s your call. I like hostgator, and WordPress recommends these hosts.

    Thanks for the help.
    I don’t have my own server, I am co-loed on

    Andrew, could you explain briefly how I would utilize WP Migrate?

    esmi, I may not be understanding this correctly, but it seems that utilizing Giving_WP_Its_Own_Directory doesn’t move it to a different domain. Am I missing something?



    Forum Moderator

    No – you aren’t. I was suggesting that you installed WP in the client’s domain but in a subfolder. This would allow him/her to keep the current site going whilst the new one is developed. Configuring WP to take over the root domain come launch time is then a lot easier that trying to move it from one domain to another. Probably 5 minutes as opposed to an hour or so.

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