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  • Hello,

    I am new to WP, and I am looking into starting to use WP for an official website. Our business currently has an existing website and a domain. Here are my questions:

    Do I need to create the WP website first? If so, once I have created the full website, how to I port it over to my existing domain?

    I am curious because it seems like when I first register, WP wants me to create a website name. I am afraid that if I create the name, it will conflict with the existing domain name that I currently have. I apologize in advance if these questions seem trivial. Is there a good How To page for people in a similar situation as me?

    I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks a ton!

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  • There are several ways to do this – probably the easiest is to put the new site in a sub-directory on the current domain – see:

    When you mean “when I first register,” do you mean setting up the WP install via Fantastico in cPanel? If that is the case, the dropdown will list any available domains or subdomains where you can install WP. But generally if there is already something there, if the Fantastico installer detects an index.html or index.php file there, it will stop dead in its tracks and refuse to install.

    The “web site name” is just the name you want to call your site. If you want to preserve any good rankings your current site has, if it is a high traffic site or has been around awhile, you might want to consider developing in a subdirectory, as was suggested, preparing 301 redirects from the old site pages to the new, and then moving the WP site to the site root once you are satisfied with it and have all your content in place.

    Read more about the advisability of 301 redirects here:

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