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Keep old website up and running while working on WordPress Site (10 posts)

  1. BenayEnterprises
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is this possible? We currently have our website up through mawebcenters. I want to build our new website on wordpress but leave the current one up and running until I'm finished.

    The problem is that the current website has the domain I want. Is it possible to do this? How will I be able to access WordPress - do I need a dummy domain name or...?

    Sorry, I'm still somewhat new to all of this.

  2. PinkishHue
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    Yes that's possible. I normally just install WordPress to a temporary subfolder such as mydomain.com/wptemp/

    Then once you're ready to 'go live' and have removed the current site, you can just change the URL settings in the WP admin panel, then move the files from the folder to the main directory. More info here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

  4. BenayEnterprises
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay. But do I still need to set up the hosting part? Right? because I need somewhere to link WordPress with. I'm confused because right now it's all hooked up to Mawebcenters.

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    do I still need to set up the hosting part?

    Oh yes. You will still need hosting. Have you checked to see if your current hosts satisfy WordPress' minimum requirements?

  6. BenayEnterprises
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My current host is was one of those make it yourself websites. Not really a webhoster that works with WordPress. I would need to start a webhosting account that does - this is why I was asking about the domain.

    I got some advice from other friends who said building it locally is the best way. Then I can just delete the mawebcenters.com website and have my domain link to the wordpress site through my new webhoster.

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Running and developing a WordPress site locally is not a good idea for a beginner. Instead, you need to invest in some suitable hosting that meets the WordPress minimum requirements AND where the host can offer you a temporary url whilst you develop the new site. Then you can switch the domain name over at a later date/time.

  8. BenayEnterprises
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Why is it not a good idea for a beginner.

    I have it up and running right now. Is it difficult to then move it onto the web? I'm sure I could find a tutorial to walk me through that.

    Do you know of any webhosters that will offer me a temporary URL? We purchase our domain through network solutions and I figured I'd just use their webhosting services. If you have a better recommendation, I will look into it.

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Why is it not a good idea for a beginner.

    Because you would need to set up your own local web server. See installing WordPress locally for the details. If you achieved that and did get a site running locally, you might then need to look at Moving_WordPress to upload the local version to the remote server - assuming you were doing more than just customising a theme or testing some plugins.

    Do you know of any webhosters that will offer me a temporary URL?

    Most hosts should be able to do this. all you have to do is ask them before purchasing any hosting. Although we do not personally endorse them, there are some hosts listed here. Also searching the forums using the keywords "host" or "hosting" may provide you with some suggestions.

  10. BenayEnterprises
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay. That's the tutorial I read to walk me through the local hosting. It is all up and running. I'll look through the Moving WordPress tutorial. Thank you very much!

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