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[resolved] How to publish your WordPress website when you already have another website (35 posts)

  1. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello, I need help in publishing my new WordPress website. I am new at building a website, and I have created a new one with WordPress. I want to go live now, but I have another website. I contacted my website host and they said to change the general settings in WordPress and then go to my Domain Central and change the pointer from the home directory to the subdirectory and give it the name of my new one. I did this but it didn't work, so I think I am missing something. I want to keep my same domain name. They said to contact you to help me. Could you please help me with this issue? Thank you.
    Arlette

  2. smitasoft
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    your old website is in wordpress or html....

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ignore what your hosts said and change the domain name back.
    Then change the WP urls back. See Changing_The_Site_URL.
    Finally, see Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

  4. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My old website is in html (it was done by someone else).

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    And? Did you carry out any of the steps I suggested above?

  6. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am reading these instructions below and they are not too clear to me. Sorry I am not an expert. I am not familiar with "index.php" or ".htaccess files". I don't quite understand when they say to copy to "root directory". Is that on my Domain Central? I don't have a blog address. I called my new wordpress: arlumizudesigns.com/wordpressbuilder; and my old website is arlumizudesigns.com. I am not familiar at all with codes or html. Also what are "pretty permalinks"? and FTP? Is it possible that you can help me understanding these instructions a bit easier? Thank you so much.

    Copy (NOT MOVE!) the index.php and .htaccess files from the WordPress directory into the root directory of your site (Blog address). The .htaccess file is invisible, so you may have to set your FTP client to show hidden files. If you are not using pretty permalinks, then you may not have a .htaccess file. If you are running WordPress on a Windows (IIS) server and are using pretty permalinks, you'll have a web.config rather than a .htaccess file in your WordPress directory. As stated above, copy (don't move) the index.php file to your root directory, but MOVE (DON'T COPY) the web.config file to your root directory.
    8. Open your root directory's index.php file in a text editor
    9. Change the following and save the file. Change the line that says:
    require('./wp-blog-header.php');
    to the following, using your directory name for the WordPress core files:
    require('./wordpress/wp-blog-header.php');
    10. Login to the new location. It might now be http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/
    11. If you have set up Permalinks, go to the Permalinks panel and update your Permalink structure. WordPress will automatically update your .htaccess file if it has the appropriate file permissions. If WordPress can't write to your .htaccess file, it will display the new rewrite rules to you, which you should manually copy into your .htaccess file (in the same directory as the main index.php file.)

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    arlumizudesigns.com is your root domain. Your domain's root folder is where you originally uploaded the home page of your old site to.

  8. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you but I am still lost. I didn't do my old website so I would not know where the "home page of my old site was uploaded to". Where do I look for this, would it be in my Hosting site under Domain Central? I've been reading other posts to see if anyone has had the same problem, but the more I read, the more complicated I find it to understand. Is there any hope to have my new WordPress go live! I am running a home based business and of course it's imperative that I have a website where I can update my products, texts etc. Thanks.

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    would it be in my Hosting site under Domain Central?

    Yes. If you cannot handle this yourself, perhaps you need to consider hiring someone to carry out the work for you.

  10. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You could also consider using WordPress.COM to host your site. They take care of a lot of stuff (for a price) and it's somewhat easier to use -- though you also have fewer options and less control over your site.

  11. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    WPyogi Thank you for your suggestion. I don't want to use WordPress.Com. I thought this was something that was easier to handle and I thought I could do it myself! So far I am proud that I was able to download WordPress and I was able to built my website, now the only thing left to do is making it go live! Thought it was an easier process.

  12. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Do you want your 'old site' to remain live? Do you want it to go away?
    Do you know how to use the tools within your Control Panel?

  13. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, it can be quite confusing, I agree. As esmi suggested, there are people who do that kind of thing for pay. You could also look for a WordPress MeetUp group in your area and/or a WP Camp. There are some really good WP books as well -- although the info may not be as current as what is on this site. Still, the basic technical stuff about installation and configuration should be the same in most cases. Amazon ratings are a fairly good way to see what books are good - though do look at the publication dates.

    Also, some website hosts are more helpful than others -- including some specifically with WP. You could consider that as well.

  14. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I can see both sites.. they are both quite lovely btw.
    Do you want people to go arlumizudesigns.com and get your new WP site?

  15. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    dragonsjaw-No I don't want my 'old site' to remain live. I am not an expert with the Control Panel, but I can learn or follow very specific instructions. Exactly I want people to go to arlumizudesigns.com and get my new WP site. Thanks. How do I make that happen?

    WPyogi thanks for all your suggestions.

  16. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    As previously suggested, see Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory. This is the simplest method to achieve what you want.

  17. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    What Esmi says is correct.

    One thing you could do is access your Control Panel - and look for a File Manager section.

    When you open that up you should see a list of files (your old site in the ROOT of your domain) and a Folder that says arlumizudesigns.com/wordpressbuilder which is where WP is installed and your new site lives.

    If your host was using CPanel I could give you step by step directions, but it doesn't sound like they are. CPanel has an editor so you can make the changes there and you can upload and download from there.
    (if they are let me know and I will try to help you further)

    You will want to follow the directions Esmi posted.

  18. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok esmi and dragonsjaw I am going to try all your suggestions Thank you! and I will keep you posted!

  19. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello again dragonsjaw OK I found that my host has a Control Panel, I opened the file manager and I can see my files in there. So I started to follow the directions that Esmi posted. I went so far as #3. #4 says to copy the index.php and .htaccess files from the WordPress directory into the root directory-my question is where do I go to find this? in the control panel/file manager? because I cannot find anything on the WordPress. Thanks.

  20. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Locate your wordpress sub-folder in the file manager. Copy the index.php and .htaccess file from there into the root folder.

  21. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok I have copied the index.php and .htaccess, now I am looking for index.php in the root directory, and I only see an index.html, is this the same as index.php?

  22. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    esmi please help I followed the instructions and it's not working. I am getting my old website not the new! Thanks.

  23. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No index.html is not the same as index.php

    If you are looking in your root (public html) you may need to click the Reload button just above the file manager pane.

    If the files are not there, redo.
    Make sure you copied the files into root:

    On the left sidebar of the file manager tick open the /public html.

    Go back into your wordpress folder
    click on - highlight index.php, hold down the control key and drag into your root folder (public html)
    Do the same with .htaccess

    Once they are there open the index.php and make these changes:
    (you can use the code editor in the file manager to make these changes, just remember to save.

    Open your root directory's index.php file in a text editor
    9. Change the following and save the file. Change the line that says:
    require('./wp-blog-header.php');
    to the following, using your directory name for the WordPress core files:
    require('./wordpress/wp-blog-header.php');
    10. Login to the new location. It might now be http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/

    (you would be replacing the /wordpress/ with what ever your install folder name is, I assume /wordpressbuilder/

  24. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you, but now I lost my dashboard, cannot log in. Do you know how to get it back? thanks.

  25. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi dragonsjaw Now I cannot log in the dashboard. I was doing all the above changes and then I entered 'wordpressbuilder' in the WordPress address url and my 'domain name'in the site url, or the other way around, cannot remember exactly. All I know is that after that change, now I cannot log in into my dashboard. Please help! Thanks.

  26. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL

    See if any of those things help you.

    I think the correct settings would be:
    WordPRess address: http://arlumizudesigns.com/
    Site Address: http://arlumizudesigns.com/wordpressbuilder/

    I'll check back in the morning, perhaps Esmi will come along and shed some light at this point.

  27. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Arlette: what is the name of the folder on your domain that you installed WordPress into?

  28. Arlette M. Garcia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  29. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Then the urls that dragonsjaw gave above will be correct.

  30. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @arlette -- how's it going?

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