Working On Your New WordPress Site Before Updating DNS

Whether you are a first time WordPress user or not you may need to create your new WordPress site while your existing site continues to run. If you immediately update your DNS settings to point to Pendeo, you’ll see a default installation of WordPress. That’s probably not what you want.

You have a few options when it comes to building your new site which are:

  1. You can update your local computer’s hosts file during the migration so your browser loads the site on Pendeo. Please see this article for full details on Creating a Hosts File Entry.
  2. If you can withstand a bit of downtime then putting up a “Coming Soon” page is by far the simplest. Just point your DNS to the IP address supplied in the Welcome email, and read the following about Restricting Access to Your Website.

We’ve also written a followup to this article which explains the “whys” and “hows” of Migrating your WordPress Site.

There’s also a more in-depth section on the official WordPress website about Moving a WordPress site.

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