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Building a WordPress site without going live till finished

  • # December 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I have a client whose site I build in HTML a bunch of years ago.

    They now want a wordpress site, so they can edit the content themselves.
    But they don’t want to take the old site down until the other is ready to go…using the same domain.

    I can building wordpress site using a staging subfolder, but when it comes time for the site to go live how will this work? It’s not just a matter of moving all the files…the uploads will all have a path that will not match once the site goes live??


    # December 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    You can set up all the urls in wordpress anyway you want. You can use the permalink structure like this: %POSTNAME%.html , Just get it all setup on a local server and transfer it . Heres a video tutorial on the process once you have it all setup.

    # January 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Not sure what the person above me is trying to tell you…

    I would create a subdomain. Something like So you’ll be working in a subfolder called ‘dev’. Once the site is ready to go, you’ll move all of your files into the root folder and then use a super useful plugin called Velvet Blues Update URLs to change all of the URLs to the proper domain (without the ‘dev’ in it). This will take care of all links (including links to your media).

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