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    Paul Brooks
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    I have a domain x which is set up with no content but has a redirect to a full website (not WordPress) at domain y. I want to build a replacement full website in WordPress using Woo Themes Canvas theme, and locate it at domain x, whilst still having the redirect to y during the build.  Can I build at x and place a redirect on the new website Home Page whilst building all the other pages “behind the scenes” ?  If I do this can I later delete the Home Page which does the redirect and make one of my “behind the scenes” pages the new Home Page?. Or copy and paste the final home page content into the Home Page replacing the redirect?  Or is there a better way? – I know about XAMPP and local PC development but I’m hoping I can avoid that hassle – or do you think that would be more sensible? (At the project end the domain/website at y becomes redundant).

    #6356
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Paul,

    If i understand correctly then the following is a good way to do this.

    1) Build the new site under another unused url  on a live production server at your hosting company (this can be any url whatsoever)
    2) Once the site is finished then you need to do a ‘domain mapping’ . This points your unused url (i.e the one you used to build the site on ) to the live url.

    Let me know if this makes sense :)

    Jamie

    #6358
    Paul Brooks
    Participant

    Thanks Jamie. Do you mean the live url picks up the website from the url where I developed/where the site lives? That kind of makes sense, but I’m not sure my paying client will be happy with it as a permanent measure. Also would that mean my dev url is what appears in browser current url?  Is my suggestion of a Home Page with a redirect during build, which is later supplanted by a real home page not viable? My instincts suggest yes, but is there some techie reason getting in the way?   Kind regards  Paul

    #6359
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Paul,

    With a mapped domain  you can build on the alias domain and then map your preferred domain once you have finished the site. The website then will have the proper domain as if you had built the site on it from the start. So a good solution :)

    Jamie

    #6372
    Paul Brooks
    Participant

    Thanks very much Jamie – will give that a go   Regards  Paul

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