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Will index.html override wp’s index.php?

  • I’d like to install WordPress to the root of an existing site, but have the existing pages be what’s displayed publically until the new site’s completed. What’s the technique for this? Can this be done?

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  • Depends on your server setup, but generally yes.

    I’d suggest putting your WP in a directory and, when it’s all done, do this: http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

    Thanks for responding. I take it all of these instructions take place within WP admin, except the first:

    Create the new location for the core WordPress files to be stored (we will use /wordpress in our examples). (On linux, use mkdir wordpress from your www directory. You’ll probably want to use “chown apache:apache” on the wordpress directory you created.)

    I’m not familiar with the “chown apache:apache” command. This sounds like something I’d just use my ftp client to create. Is that command something to do with permission?

    If you use your FTP client to make the folder, you should be okay. Having chown do for apache just means that a different user ID will own the folder. Don’t worry about it, 99.999% of *nix boxes are okay without.

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