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    abbypanda
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    I need to change one of my sites. It now runs a thesis theme. I dont like it at all but it took a lot of work to build. I’d like to switch it to genesis and a studio press theme…. but how can I build it out before I take down the other one? I dont want to take it down and then take awhile to get this one up.

    I’d like to start building the new one and then switch it when i have it done, but I dont know how.

    Any help is appreciated.

    #54164

    AC
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    You can set up subfolder and install WordPress again (i.e., http://yourdomainname.com/subfolder). Your site under yourdomainname.com will still work while the new site is in the subfolder. Check with your hosting company to make sure you can install WordPress a second time. You can theme it all out in there and you can export your content from the Thesis site WP site to the Genesis site in the subfolder.

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    rglohre
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    I have done the install under a subfolder. Question is, how to move it to the home folder when I’m done without causing massive “issues”? I know I’ve had this problem before with links/photos/etc.

    http://julielohre.com/wp2/

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    Doak Heggeness
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    #54227

    AC
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    You can just point your domain name to the new file folder you created. Pretty simple to do.

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    rglohre
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    I believe that would be ok, but then aren’t you causing all kinds of SEO issues as well as link issues later down the road?

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    AC
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    In my opinion, No. If your domain name is still the same, then it should all be the same. For example, if you have http://yourdomain.com/blog and your new site is called http://yourdomain.com/blog – the links are identical. If your permalinks remain the same – there should be no problem.

    But if all you want to do is change themes – then work on customizing the theme on in the subfolder. Once you get the theme the way you want it, simply install Genesis on the main site, then install the new customized child theme and go from there.

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    #54233

    Marc
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    @rglohre – You don’t actually need to move it (the new site) “to the home folder” so you do not have any issues . You just need to transfer two files; the index.php and .htaccess files from the “wp2″ folder to the public_html. You can learn more with the links below.

    @abbypanda – This is an excellent how-to from the WordPress Codex –

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

    Per thread above just install WoirdPress in a new folder and develop the new site using that sub-directory. Then when you are done, just transfer the htaccess file and the index.php file from the “wp2″ folder to the root folder. And just edit the index.php file to include the path to “wp2″ Eg – change the line that reads
    require(‘./wp-blog-header.php’);
    to
    require(‘./wp2/wp-blog-header.php’);

    ps – The method above also does not require any domain name DNS changes so you do not risk the potential for SEO related issues. And the new site is available instantly upon completing the edit/transfer of the two files, as the DNS does not change it does need to wait for the propagation of any change.


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