Whether you are a first time WordPress user or not you may need to create your new WordPress site while your existing site continues to run. If you immediately update your DNS settings to point to Pendeo, you’ll see a default installation of WordPress. That’s probably not what you want.

You have a few options when it comes to building your new site which are:

  1. You can update your local computer’s hosts file during the migration so your browser loads the site on Pendeo. Here’s an article that will help: How to Update your Hosts File on a Mac & PC
  2. If you can withstand a bit of downtime then putting up a “Coming Soon” page is by far the simplest. Just point your DNS to the IP address supplied in the Welcome email and read the following: Restricting Access to your Site

We’ve written a followup to this article which explains the “whys” and “hows” of Migrating your WordPress Site. There’s also a more in-depth section on the WordPress Codex about Moving a WordPress site.

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