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  • I have a client with an existing website, and I want to redo it using WordPress. Can I do, or get away with doing, the following?

    Install WP into the existing site directory, and rename index.php to something else; like coming-soon.php

    By doing so, I hope to keep the existing site up, while getting the new site ready to go.

    Finally, I would “throw the switch,” by renaming his index.html file to site-archive.html and replacing it with index.php

    Would what I just describe work?

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  • Moderator James Huff


    Unfortunately, that won’t work, but you can do something similar. Install WordPress in a subdirectory, like and simply move it when you’re ready.

    Thanks, sounds straight forward enough. But what about all that “other stuff” you mentioned in your blog?

    Moderator James Huff


    The problems that I ran into came from links referencing the old location within over five years of posts and pages. Unfortunately, my attempt to quickly and easily change all of them actually broke a few other links. As long as you’re just assembling the blog with little to no content, it won’t take long to manually edit the posts and pages to correct any broken links after you move it.

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