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Install a WordPress site without pointing DNS

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I want to install WordPress and build a site without pointing DNS to the new site. The site is already live for someone else but I am building a new site for them and will point DNS after I’m through with the build.

I recall I did this in the past using the IP address to reach the site. But that was prior to my move to Site5. I’ve searched in the Knowledge Base but maybe I’m using the wrong terms.

Can you help point me to some instructions? Thanks!

Answer #1

Hello! You can certainly do this, yes. When installing it, WordPress asks for a URL – you would just need to provide the temporary URL at this stage. The temporary URL should be in your welcome letter, but it is in the following format:


After you change the DNS, you will need to change this in the database to the proper URL, as well.

The whole process is detailed in full at

Answers Answered By: jdavey [359 Blue Star Level]

Answer #2

Thanks for the confirmation. Unfortunately the link provided where it is detailed in full goes to a 404 page. Can you update the link?

Thanks for your help!

Answers Answered By: lglover [2 Grey Star Level]

Answer #3

Hello again,

That is very strange, as I have just tested this and it is loading normally for me. If you go to, and search for ‘WordPress DNS’, the first result is the article in question 🙂

Answers Answered By: jdavey [359 Blue Star Level]

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