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February 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm #11732
Hope you are well. I want to start building (in the background) a web site for my company uis.uk.com but i already have one installed at this url
How should i best do this
I will get my old web company to move the site to heart who will host it
With them i can do one click install of WP but where should i install it if
1) I want to work on it for 2 months and nobody see it
2) After 2 months i want it visible
3) but i still will want to work on a development copy of the site to build a shop
are these things possible?
Also – am i safe to build the site working on a mac or should you only use a pc for building web sites
Thanks AustinMarch 2, 2014 at 11:24 am #11758
Yes all possible – I’m about to do a tutorial on this :)
Here’s how to do it
1) Install your new wordpress site on a temp url at your hosting company. Your hosting company should be able to help here
2) Install a plugin like http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode/
3) Once you have finished your website , point your domain to the new website (typically by changing the A records in your domain to point to the new IP address of the new server)
Hope that helps :)
Let me know how you go,
JamieMarch 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm #11780
Thanks jamie and i look forward to seeing the tutorial
I guess Heart would be familiar with all of this as Im using them
I will do the site in two stages. When im happy with stage one i would like to release it to the world
but then i would like to do a woo commerce shop. How can i work on this shop in the background and only upload & release it when i am happy. Is there some way of keeping a development site in the background?
Finally do you have a place left on your woo commerce course in london?March 4, 2014 at 9:53 am #11783
Great to see you have booked a place on the WooCommerce course :)
1) The easiest way to hide the shop would be to just leave off your menus for now. There are other technical ways but that is the most straightforward.
2) Yes Heart will be familiar with building your new site under a temp url.
Hope that makes sense :)
JamieApril 15, 2014 at 10:27 am #12561
Hope you are well
I have now got control of my web site hosting – uis.uk.com
I have askled Heart if they can set up a temporary url for me but they tell me to do thsi
Thanks for your reply.
You can set up a new WordPress website in a new folder in your websites directory.
Once you have done all of this you could create a redirect to that folder so that when visiting the uis.uk.com domain it will redirect people to the new website you create.
If you have any more questions please let me know.
Jamie – can you tell me what is best to do. I am worried about making a mistake
If i click on install wordpress it gives me the following options in extend
Thansk for your helpApril 16, 2014 at 6:41 am #12575
I wouldn’t install WordPress in a sub-directory on your existing website. This makes it more difficult for you to get it live.
Create a completely separate installation of WordPress and install on the temp url (that you have listed above).
Does that make sense?
JamieApril 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm #12592
thanks for this and today
One question about domain mapping
if i map my new site to my existing domain
what makes the old site disappear and the new wordpress site appear instead?
when i read Hearst explanation of domain mapping it doesnt explain that that will happen
AustinApril 17, 2014 at 5:05 am #12603
Once you have finished your new site before you map it to your domain you need to change the A records in your domain name control panel to the new IP address of your new server. Found by clicking on the temp url link in your new hosting package.
This points your domain name to your new server and the old website just goes offline :)
Does that make sense?
JamieApril 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm #12607
I think thsi does make sense
My domian uis.uk.com is controlled by Timico – for historic resaons and i have chosen to leave it there as that feels simpler – i can send them the information
and just to check i understand
when i clicked on the temporary url link in my new hosting package i get
so i would send them that information, correct?
thanks and have a good easterFebruary 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm #18650
Hope you are well. Ive just seen your video on installing wordpress for an existing site – but i cant find it now. Can you send me a link?
Im going to start building my new site. Ive checked (and you may remember this) my temp url link is already taken. so for me to install a new site do you still recommend the following or is there a better method now?
1) create a new url – for example uistestsite.uk.com
2) using xtend in heart install wordpress on to teh tempporary url associated with that name – in my case 184.108.40.206/uistestsite.uk.com/
3) build the site there and then follow your video to change the dns a records of my site to that – plus the other steps in your video?
I HAVE A QUESTION
does this mean i have to host the uistestsite.com too? as well as uis.uk.com (my original site?
will this make seo less efficientFebruary 21, 2015 at 11:27 am #18678
If i understand correctly, then yes you’ll need to set up an extra hosting for the new website,
JamieFebruary 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm #18693
Thanks for video link and i undestand how it works but with my situation i dont understand how if i set up a new url
when i install the wordpress on the temp url of the above and then change the dns A records my url will be uistestsite.com and not uis.uk.com
ThanksFebruary 22, 2015 at 8:18 am #18698
I should check with Heart Internet for your particular case – but Heart Internet have a domain name tool that lets you convert one domain into another one.
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