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  • I have a client who has an existing HTML based website online already and now wants the site re-done in WordPress which will be at a different host.

    I want the client’s old html website online until the new WP site is all done, at which point I will point the name servers to the new WP version and take down the html version.

    How do you set up WordPress without using a domain name yet?

    When you install WordPress it asks on what domain. What do you put there, if you do not want to use the domain name just yet.

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  • 1. locally.
    2. On a remote server using temp url. call your host to get that url.

    If you’re on Windows, use WAMP.
    If you’re on Mac, use MAMP.

    Installing these is really simple, and once done, you can easily add a local WordPress installation to develop.

    This is the approach I take every single time I build a site for a new domain. Modifying a WordPress theme on an existing/live installation is a different story.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    My host said all you need to do is create a directory through file manager on the host server. But I was not sure what to put for domain name when you first install it.

    esmi

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    Ask the hosts of the new site if they can provide you with a temporary url until you’re ready to update the nameservers.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    My host said all you need to do is create a directory through file manager on the host server. But I was not sure what to put for domain name when you first install it.

    That would be the actual Domain Name of your client. Since it’s not pointing to your server, it will generate a temp url that you can use in the mean time.

    Thanks shirazdrum
    That is what I needed to know since I have not attempted this before, being fairly new to WP.

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