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  • I want to create a WordPress.Org site in order to replace a clients existing website. They already have a domain and hosting through

    I want to be able to completely build, edit and populate a website without taking down the existing site, and only take down the existing website when the wordpress version is ready to go live.

    I know I need to buy hosting before I can have access to the wordpress CMS (in order to create, edit, populate) but I don’t know how to do this without using the existing domain?

    So, at the moment, I really don’t know how I can begin working on this site without causing any interference to the existing site? I know I need to purchase WordPress hosting in order to receive access to a wordpress backend editor but how can I do that without risking any problems?

    I appreciate your help and time in advance!

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  • esmi


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    Use the existing domain but install WordPress in a new sub-folder. That will allow you to build the new site without impacting on the existing one. When you are ready to launch the new site, you can remove the old one and re-configure WP to take over the root domain from its sub-folder. See Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory.

    Thank you for your reply, but I’m sorry, I do not understand what it means to ‘install WordPress in a new sub-folder.’ Would I do this via an FTP like Filezilla or is this something I set up on Thanks!



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    Would I do this via an FTP like Filezilla

    You would upload WordPress using FTP, yes. Have you reviewed

    Ok, I have reviewed this document and things are clearing up.

    I have connected to the domain via Filezilla and can recognise the root folder, however I cannot figure out how to create a sub-folder? Should the sub-folder be created underneath the root folder or elsewhere? Where is the button to create a new folder?

    I know this is more of a Filezilla issue, but if you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

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