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  • I have a client that has an existing static HTML site and wants to change over to a WordPress powered site. The existing site needs to stay in operation until the new site is ready. I have searched but I have only been able to find info on MOVING a WordPress installation. I want to set up the WordPress installation on my server and input all the content etc, before changing the name servers from the old server to the new server.

    I can set up the hosting account and database and install WordPress without having a domain name, but is it possible then to access the WordPress installation – and if so how?

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  • Moderator kmessinger

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    You can install WP in a sub-directory. As long as you leave index.html in the root, when you go to the URL the old site will show up.

    To get to the new site, type the http://www.url.com/Wordpress and you will go to the WordPress installation. You don’t need a new account, etc. When you are ready to go, it is easy to move WP to the root.

    Thank you for your suggestion kmessinger, but I want to create a new account, the current hosting account does not have access to a mySql database and I want to move it to my server – so this issue is that there is no http://www.url/wordpress to point to. I have tried this before but have not been able to point to ip address/~useraccount

    Yes that is the information I found on moving WordPress all right, samboll! I don’t want to move WordPress, though. I want to install WordPress on one server, create the template, add the content, and THEN change the name servers for the domain to point to the new server. This is what I can’t figure out how to do – i.e. how to work with WordPress on the new server before I have transferred the domain over. I have checked out that article and I cannot find the information that I need.

    Moderator kmessinger

    (@kmessinger)


    joand,

    I can set up the hosting account and database and install WordPress without having a domain name, but is it possible then to access the WordPress installation – and if so how?

    This is something you should discuss with the hosting company on whose server you are going to deploy WordPress. A lot of hosting companies can assign you a subdomain under a domain name they own; something along the lines of client123.hostingcompany.com.

    I have tried this before but have not been able to point to ip address/~useraccount

    Why? What sort of error message did you get?

    I do not remember what sort of error message it was – it was a long time ago with an older version. Anyways I just installed it now and it works just fine!

    I guess when I have the blog ready and change the name servers for the domain, I would just change the WordPress address in the Settings from http://ip-address/~username to http://usersdomainname.com ?

    Bump..
    did this ever get answered?

    I guess when I have the blog ready and change the name servers for the domain, I would just change the WordPress address in the Settings from http://ip-address/~username to http://usersdomainname.com ?

    This is exactly what I need to do as well.

    thanks

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