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How do you create a WP site offline while the current site is already up?

I have a WP already up at one host but I am redesigning it using a completely different theme and new host. I know how to deal with the hosting but how do you design it offline from your desktop assets and test it? Then how do you upload it all? I have Sublime/Code etc but I don't think I need all that since I'm not coding. Does this offline capability depend on the brand of FTP app? What's everyone using?

3 Answers

Clinton Hopgood
Clinton Hopgood
7,825 Points

Programs like dreamweaver have FTP built in. I personally am not a fan if this though.

Another option is to make changes using the code on the Wordpress site under appearance.

My prefered option though is using a program called netdrive. It allows you to create a virtual hard drive on your computer which connects to your webserver using FTP. You can then work on your code directly from you computer using Sublime.


Anne Hennegar
Anne Hennegar
9,164 Points

You might also look at Desktop server at https://serverpress.com/. It installs all the files you need and you can setup your new site using .dev on your local computer. They also have tools for importing data and deploying the new site to your hosting company. There is both a free version and a paid version of the software.