Building a WordPress site on a forwarded domain

I am working on creating a new WordPress website for a client. They previously had a WordPress site but then switched to an HTML site in 2013 which is still active on the primary domain. They have two domains, the primary is and they are forwarding to the primary domain. Both domains still have WordPress installed on them but are tucked away in folders. I want to build on the domain that is being forwarded and was able to update to the current version of WordPress, however I can not access the admin because it is tucked away in the folder and the domain is being forwarded to the HTML site on I have not dealt with a situation like this before so I have some questions on the next steps that need to be taken in order to work on the WordPress site and not mess things up. If I discontinue the forwarding will that be enough to give me access to WordPress in order to build the new site? Or do I need to do something else?
Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Patrick Freitas

    Hi Angie Schultz

    How are you?

    You can workaround in three ways to deal with this.

    First one is creating a subdomain and moving WordPress to it or creating a new WordPress installation, which can be in any subdomain for example and create a stating site there, it will able you to access the site without problem and you just need to remove the redirection when you finish the stating site and get it in production.

    Or the second option, you can backup the redirection settings, move the WordPress to the root folder or create a new WordPress installation and find some "under construction plugin" which will deal with access. Some plugin has the feature that when you are logged on wp-admin allow you to access the site content, when you are not logged it does redirect the user to another site.
    You can check the plugins on WordPress :

    And the last option is create a site on a stating environment for example FlyWheel:, after finish the site development remove any redirect setting and upload it to production when it is finished.

    However I don't know how WordPress is tucked away in folders without see the folder struct or the redirection settings, but those workaround would be the easy way to deal with this situation.

    Have a Great Day,
    Best Regards,
    Patrick Freitas

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