I have two websites that are currently hosted on wpengine. I want to transfer them both to godaddy.
I will do them one at a time and I want to do it in increments like this: 1. Transfer the file structure 2. Have WPengine direct traffic to godaddy 3. Transfer the domain.
I have transferred the file structure and updated the database but I want to preview the site before I have WPengine redirect traffic. And that is where I am stuck. How do I preview a website hosted on godaddy that does not currently have a domain associated?
What I have tried:
Cpanel -> Domains -> preview | Doesn't load anything
Cpanel -> IP address | using that IP address in my browser loads a default error page
Adding the ip address and website to my hosts file as per https://www.godaddy.com/help/preview-your-website-using-host-files-3354
When I created the website on GoDaddy it asked me for a domain name so I gave it the one that is being hosted on WPengine, and when I go GoDaddy Home -> Domains I can see the domain there and under status it reads: "DNS Only (Hosting)"
I am just a little out of my depth, I want to be able to preview the wordpress build, and then have the actual domain (currently controlled by WPengine) redirect traffic there, and then finally transfer that domain to WordPress
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First a disclaimer: I am not a WordPress guru like other in the Community but I'll take a stab at this.
Congratulations on coming to GoDaddy, great choice from my view. It doesn't read to me like you installed WordPress on your GoDaddy hosting then transferred in the file structure over top AND updated the database because that process would have given you a URL. I assume that your GoDaddy hosting is tied to a domain though and your file structure is:
...or something like that? I assume also that you have edited to point to your newly created databases on your GoDaddy hosting? If something like that is your structure then you should be able to access your WordPress as an example by going to the domain that points to your hosting plus the directory that contains your WordPress index files.
If what you have done is not setup WordPress before moving the files then I couldn't tell you what the access URL would be? I know that the GoDaddy Managed WordPress product has a staging are that would be useful for these kinds of transfers. Did that help? Or did I just cause more confusion?
Also check out Preview your website using host files
roy darling *my posts seem a lot shorter in my head