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Simplest way to build a WP for preview before you have access to the domain?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by remymartinextra, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. remymartinextra

    remymartinextra Newbie

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    I have made a few WP sites for myself and a couple of clients. In these situations, I started with the domain and was immediately able to direct it to my nameservers.

    I have a couple of job coming up, but the clients want a preview of the finished site before changing the nameservers. I have a hostgator reseller account and I just did this with one site, but it was a bit of a mess. Hostgator told me to go ahead and put the domain in as a new account in my reseller account, then they directed to a temporary address where they installed WP for me to build the site. Once the client was happy, hostgator had to redirect that temporary site back to the proper domain. This seemed more difficult than it needed to be, and I am going to feel like a dick having to get tech support to do this every time I build a site.

    What is the best alternative? I am considering setting up temporary sites as a subdomain or domain.com/temporary until the client approves, then backing up the files, and uploading them again to the proper domain.

    Thank you
     
  2. cgimaster

    cgimaster Power Member

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    queenmery Power Member

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    You can try that in your subdomain to see whether it is working or not.
     
  4. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    Subdomain is probably the most sensible. Or you could just reg up a domain you use for demo for example remymartindemo1.com. Once the clients happy clear that one off and shift the files over to the correct domain and you have a domain always ready to load up a demo of what you are working on.
     
  5. Kaistar

    Kaistar Power Member

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    If you are gonna do this the remember to set the demo sites privacy to reject search engines...
    Don't want the demo indexing and the client being slapped for duplicate content when the content is moved over.
     
  6. yustis83

    yustis83 Newbie

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    You can definitely do subdomain and when you are ready to deploy on production server just change the config file.