How to install WP for development without changing DNS



I have a live website, installed in a commercial CMS, that I want to move to a WP installation in Digital Ocean’s droplet.

My main issue is that the site is active, and I cannot take it down. Since I am new to VPS + easyengine, I am not sure on how to proceed.

When I use a traditional shared hosting, I create a new installation in a directory, do all the configuration activities, test it, and at the last moment, do the DNS changes.

I would like to do the same now, but I am not quite sure. If I do:

  • Install droplet with Ubuntu 14.04 x64
  • Install easyengine with: wget -qO ee && sudo bash ee
  • Install website with: sudo ee site create --wp

How would I access my website in the web? Is the server’s IP address enough?




I would creare a new test site by using subdomain, e. g. and point to your DO droplet.

If you want to have your live site running on a DO droplet as well, then after you have tested test site create a live site copy content and database from test site to live site and point your domain to your new live site at DO.