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Building a new WordPress website next to the old one

Building a new WordPress website next to the old one

Building a new WordPress website next to the old one

If you want to redesign your website without taking your current website offline, creating a new WordPress website on a subdomain is a great solution. In this article, we explain how you can do this and the benefits of this approach.

What is a subdomain?

A subdomain is a separate section of your main domain, such as new.yourwebsite.co.uk, and functions as its own isolated website. This makes it ideal for developing and testing a new version of your website.

The main benefits are: Isolation:

You can work on your new website without affecting your current website. SEO-friendly: Problems with the new website will not affect the SEO of your existing website. Easy to manage: The subdomain uses the same hosting environment, which simplifies management.

Creating a subdomain

Creating a subdomain is easy and is done via the customer panel of MijnHostingPartner.nl. Here you can create a new subdomain, such as new.yourwebsite.com, by simply entering the desired name under Websites in My Products. Then you only need to take the DNS update into account. For a .nl domain name, this can take 3 to 6 hours to complete. After this waiting time, you can continue with the design of your subdomain.

Install WordPress on the subdomain

At MijnHostingPartner.nl, you can easily install WordPress via the installation in the customer panel. WordPress is then immediately available for you on the subdomain and you can continue with the configuration. . By installing WordPress on the subdomain, you create a separate environment for your new website. And your production or live website on the main domain is not at risk.

Develop your new website

Once WordPress is installed on your subdomain, you can start developing your new website. This includes choosing a new theme, installing the required plugins and adding content. In this isolated environment, you can test extensively without affecting the functionality of your current website. You can often copy the content of your existing website, but it is also a good time to update it completely, for example. Please note that this may change your search engine results, and you should keep your top-ranking pages and text as much as possible.

Test and optimize

Before you go live with your new website, you should test it thoroughly. Check all functions and optimize performance, for example by installing caching plug-ins and optimizing images. Don't forget to configure the SEO settings correctly too.

Going live with the new website

Once you are happy with your new website, you can go live. To do this, move the files to the main domain and adjust the database URLs in the wp options table to the new domain. This may seem difficult, but it is a simple task. Be sure to make a backup copy of your old website and keep it in a safe place in case you do want to go back if something doesn't work or goes wrong.

If you overwrite everything at the same time as the new website, you could miss something. Always do a thorough scan after moving the website and look for dead links in both the external and internal sources of your website. You can do this with various online tools.

And also with Google Search Console, a must for anyone who wants to better understand and respond to search traffic and views. Do you already have plans for a new WordPress website?

Start right away with the right foundation with hosting from MijnHostingPartner.nl! Building a new WordPress website on a subdomain is a smart way to renew your website without affecting your existing website. This method provides a safe and efficient way to work on your new project, with the opportunity to test everything extensively before going live. Good luck with your new WordPress project!