Jenni Skinner
asked 6 years ago

Hello all, hoping you can help me as WP is so new to me. I have been working with a client for awhile and he currently has a site at http://www.yoltrips.com. Its just a basic landing page for now. He wants to switch to a full WP site, and has purchased the DW Page theme via Creative Market (https://creativemarket.com/designwall/2212-DW-One-Page-Modern-WordPress-Theme). I have the files but have a few questions.
First, when I upload the theme, will it automatically rewrite over whats currently on his site? That sounds like a silly question I’m sure but I just need verification that it won’t do that. And if it doesn’t, once I have the theme uploaded to his WP account, will I be able to edit and customize it ‘behind the scenes’ before its actually uploaded to yoltrips.com? I’d also need to know once the site is ready to go live, how do I go about getting it up? I was hoping there was just a special ‘go live’ button that would do the work for me but I assume it’s not going to be that easy 😉
I’ve read through the install guide so hopefully the step by step process as well as the video will get me through that part. Should I be using the Quickstart version or the Theme version? I obviously want to be able to change photos, the logo, copy, colors, etc.
I appreciate any help/guidance from you WP experts – thank you!
Jenni

5 Answers
well wisher
answered 6 years ago

ok jenni first of all i would like to inform that the wordpress is a software you can download and install on your clients server from wordpress.org the site you gave above seems not be created using the wordpress but is created using the sitebuilders which are  made available by most off the website hosting company.
So just go to your website host and install wordpress first you can find a guide here http://www.shoutmeloud.com/how-to-install-wordpress-on-hostgator.html
Here is the video version for the same http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf548MbsftM
You also need to go to your phpadmin section and drop the table named as your site name from the database this will clean your old static site from the web and your host database.
Now after you installed the wordpress login to your dashboard by visiting yoursitename.com/wp-admin
now goto appearance section then to themes and upload one of the awesome theme you bought created by designwall by default the twenty 14 theme will be used in your site front end if you dint made the changes and follwed the installation guide properly.
Now as far as the quick start thing is concerned you would like to use it only if you want to set up your site content as shown in default demo(use it only if you want some demo content)but i would suggest you to create your own content as delleting the demo content later in time will get you few extra 404 errors which is not good for a site.
so clean the database to drop the default site (you may like the support from hosting company to this task for you)fisrt then install the wordpress then the theme and you are ready to go its good that your static site does not have any content to loose yet i hope it helps thanks

Jenni Skinner
answered 6 years ago

I appreciate the info, thank you! My biggest question however was if I can work on the WordPress site WITHOUT making it live on yoltrips.com. The client doesn’t have all the content figured out yet so it might be a few weeks of just toying with the new site until it’s ready, but in the meantime we want to keep the current site up there as is. So can I have WP installed but still keep the old site just how it is until we’re ready? 

well wisher
replied 6 years ago

you can use plugins to do this task for you here are some links
https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-coming-soon-page/screenshots/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-landing-page-and-coming-soon-page/screenshots/
you can install wamp on your computer if on windows Xampp if on linux or mac or even windows then install the wordpress there and work on the site there but when you go on live server the site will be visible thats where you can set the comming soon page by using the plugins i suggested above.
Once you have created enough content locally you can push it live using wordpress importer made available by wordpress i hope it helps you @Jenni thanks

well wisher
replied 6 years ago

so the answer is yes you can do that !!!

well wisher
replied 6 years ago

the only difference will be you will be using wordpress to built the site this time and not site builder

well wisher
answered 6 years ago

Hi here is few articles i have compiled which you may want to read
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgeNyYJsW0E ->thats an video tutorial for setting up an custom comming soon page.
http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/15-free-coming-soon-themes-plugins-wordpress/ some premium options you want to have a look at.
http://masterblogster.com/5-super-cool-coming-soon-plugins-wordpress/ these are some free wordpress plugins you may like to try
 

Jenni Skinner
answered 6 years ago

thank you so much wellwisher – you’ve been extremely helpful thus far. I’ll dive into it tomorrow.

well wisher
replied 6 years ago

your welcome @jennilynn6 (jenni) all the best 🙂

dhruvsharma
answered 3 years ago

Well if you are looking for Hostgator Hosting, the company updated its cpanel interface for 2017. A big change to provide user friendly interface of hosting services. If you want to know how you can install wordpress manually on Hostgator in 2017, here are the best tutorials.

  1. How to Install WordPress on Hostgator Manually
  2. How to Take Complete Website Backup Manually on Hostgator
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