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Thread: Can I work on new WordPress site without a domain pointed to it?

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    Oct 2005
    St. Louis, MO

    Default Can I work on new WordPress site without a domain pointed to it?

    I've searched for the answer to this and haven't been able to find anything. I have a client with a .net site hosted elsewhere on a Windows server. I am building him a new WP site and hosting at Dathorn, but he needs to keep the domain pointed to the old site until we are ready to switch over. Can I work in WP using the IP only? I haven't figured out a way to do this.

    TIA for any assistance!

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    Mar 2004
    Tulsa, OK


    You most certainly can although WordPress' various redirects and URL settings can make this difficult. My recommendation would be to leave the WordPress configured for the domain and simply edit your computer's hosts file to point the domain to the IP address for the account on our server. If you go to "List Accounts" in WHM you'll see the IP address for each of your accounts. The process for doing this will vary depending on your operating system but a quick Google search will turn up many tutorials.

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