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  • I’m a bit stuck. I need to move my existing site to self-hosted wordpress on HostGator. I also want to install the Genesis framework on a beta version of my site so that I can work on a redesign – so the existing site is still active, but there’s a separate test version I can play with (and show to friends for their opinion on layout and design).

    What’s the best way to do this? Do I need to install WordPress twice to do this?

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  • Okay, first move your existing site to your new domain. If your hosting allows it, create a subdomain ( or whatever). Install your “test” wordpress site there. Do your testing/development there and when you like what you got, copy it over to your “live” site.

    So yes, two different WordPress installations (and two different databases).

    Off to try it – will report back – thanks @bemdesign.

    I can’t seem to import my site at all – I get up to the Import option, then I get a blank screen. It says ‘step 2’ in the URL but I don’t get anything on screen.

    URL –

    Got this error message –

    Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WXR_Parser_Regex in xxxxx\wp-content\plugins\wordpress-importer\parsers.php on line 408

    Strict Standards: Declaration of WP_Import::bump_request_timeout() should be compatible with WP_Importer::bump_request_timeout($val) in xxxxx\wp-content\plugins\wordpress-importer\wordpress-importer.php on line 38

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