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  • Hi there

    I need a little help on the best way of going about a particular install problem i have.

    I have an existing site which I wish to replace with a wordpress site. I dont want any downtime at all so I’m setting up on another domain first and getting everything working and tested before I change over. I understand this will cause problems as everything will be routed to the original domain, is there an easy way of doing this or is it a case of having to have downtime on the existing site?

    Many thanks for any input..

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  • No, why dont you build the new WordPress site in a subfolder of the main domain. Then once the site is built you’ll have to update some settings in the wp-config file and you’re done. There’s no downtime associated with this. Here’s a link to the codex about giving wordpress it’s own directory.

    Initially, you’ll set the site URL to point to

    Replacing the with your actual domain and the /subfolder with the actual folder.

    There’s no need to buy and setup a whole other domain to build a new site.

    Alternatively, you can set up a local installation on WAMP, build the site locally and then move the files replacing the old site. Again, there’s no downtime involved.

    Excellent! Thanks Tim, WAMP sounds great as well but the subfolder method sounds neat enough and will do the job.

    Great advice!

    No worries! I’m glad I could help you!

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