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    hello and thanks for your help, commUnity!

    I am trying to run a “sandbox” testing environment on a shared-server host, and am having some trouble getting WP to operate without having the Domain Name resolved to this host. Specifically:

    the domain name ( is currently pointed to another host, and i need to leave it pointed there while we build up the new site design (using WP, hooray!).

    In the meantime, we have a NEW host at:
    …but of course WP wants to run the situation based on the root domain defined during installation (…which of course won’t work because the DNS is pointed to the other host.

    Is there a way to change that root domain (and is that even ABSPATH?) from the true domain name ( to the temporary non-public IP-user (


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  • Ahhhhh…SUCCESS!!!! I answered my own question…thanks to a hint from this article:
    …which says:
    “If you want to test before you switch, you must temporarily change “siteurl” and “home” in the database table “wp_options” (through phpMyAdmin or similar).”

    But in a nutshell…your ROOT url/uri can be defined to be a static IP (or a shared IP with user name, or other, depending on your host’s system settings) INSTEAD of your domain name. You must set it manually by altering your wp-database table as described above.

    Keep in mind that utilities such as PhpMyAdmin will default display 30 rows of your table, and that “siteurl” is easy to find at row #1, but your “home” is found in row 39 or so…

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