Can I use WordPress from subdomain or subdirectory for main domain?

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David.Bass / 8 Points
2012-02-22 9:44 pm EST
I have a new twist on an old question. I have my domain, but I want to start with Wordpress, but I want to add a website down the road. So instead of having to move everything around at a later date I thought I would set it up as if I have the website and Wordpress already active. Some I have read say use a subdirectory, but if I do not have a webpage a subdirectory make no sense. I was thinking of using a subdomain, but I know people are generally lazy and will just want to enter the domain name instead of the subdomain. So I was thinking of having the domain point to the subdomain until I get my web site up and running.

I hope this madness makes sense. Any thoughts on what would be my best option for this setup?


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13,688 Points
2012-02-23 9:43 am EST
Hello David,

Thank you for your question regarding setting up your site and WordPress site. If I understand your question correctly, what you want to do is start off with WordPress, but eventually use something else for the main part of your site and have a separate area for WordPress as your blog. Before we get into how to do that, did you know you can use WordPress for your entire site, not just for blogging? By creating Pages inside of WordPress you can add information that is traditionally found on static sites (e.g. Contact, About, Services, etc.). You can build pretty much any type of site you want with WordPress.

If however, you are sure you will want to use something else in the future for the main part of your site, but for now use WordPress, you can do that without having to move the entire WordPress installation around. You can actually run WordPress from it's own subdirectory or subdomain. We have outlined the steps to follow for this in our article Running WordPress from a Subdomain or Subdirectory.

In the future, when you're ready to switch WordPress back to it's own subdomain or subdirectory, simply reverse those instructions. Then, in the main part of your site, simply add a link to the subdirectory or subdomain where you have WordPress installed.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or need further assistance.


Christi N.

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