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How To Set Up A New Site Before Transferring A Domain - Tutorial

dcochran wrote “I have a domain purchased via my GoDaddy account that is currently pointing to Squarespace. It does not have any GoDaddy hosting associated with it.

I'd like to set up a new website for that domain here on GoDaddy and stop using Squarespace. However, since I want to avoid having any downtime on the site, how can I set up hosting for this domain here on GoDaddy and set up a new website for it BEFORE switching the DNS from Squarespace to GoDaddy? Is it possible to associate hosting with the domain without interrupting the current Squarespace site? And if so, does GoDaddy provide some kind of temporary/access domain where I can set up and test the new site before switching the domain's DNS back to GoDaddy?”


JHasselbring replied,

“My best recommendation is: (This is also how I do it)

  • Add a subDomain like
  • Purchase a hosting(GoDaddy or else where)
  • Point your sub domain to your hosting
  • Develop your new site.
  • Once done, point your main domain to your new hosting (you might need access to your apache conf files)”
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