homerwsmith

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Dear Gentle Folk,

Problem:

User has existing domain (say domain.com) pointed to /home/artmat/public_html/index.html.

They want to create a new site using wordpress on the same domain, but want the old site
to work until the wordpress site is ready.

When the new site is ready, they want domain.com to go to the wordpress index.php but NOT show
the word wordpress in the URL, which happens if wordpress is in public_html/wordpress.

If wordpress is in the root directory ALONG WITH the old site, it USED to work that the user could call domain.com/index.php
to see their wordpress site in progress, and domain.com to see the original one. But this no longer works, domain.com/index.php
seems to recall domain.com and thus domain.com/index.php ends up calling domain.com/index.html.

Originally when the wordpress site was finished, we could erase the index.html of the original site, and
the server would find the index.php from wordpress and voila, the new site would be online. This no longer works.

Thanks in advance to all you guys out there.

Homer W Smith
 

Tom Risager

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Jul 10, 2012
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Dear Gentle Folk,
When the new site is ready, they want domain.com to go to the wordpress index.php but NOT show
the word wordpress in the URL, which happens if wordpress is in public_html/wordpress.
The word "wordpress" will not appear in the URL once you are ready to set the new site live. Just follow the instructions here: Giving WordPress Its Own Directory « WordPress Codex (under "Using a pre-existing subdirectory install")

This is a common WordPress question, not specific to websites running on cPanel.
 

cPanelMichael

Administrator
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Apr 11, 2011
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Hello :)

You can try adding the following entry to the .htaccess file in your public_html directory:

Code:
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Simply remove this line when you are ready to have the index.php file load first, as it appears your hosting provider has configured that as the priority over index.html.

Thank you.