WP Engine offers an awesome service for WordPress site hosting. You can create staging environments where you can develop your site and make it go live only once you are happy with your creation. A great tool. But it’s also a bit more complicated to make your site go live.
This is especially true when you are in a situation where you have a legacy hosting solution that is still up and running your live site. But at the same time you are making a newer version of your site at WP Engine’s staging environment.
This post deals primarily with this situation and explains in a step-by-step manner how to go live correctly with your new WP Engine hosted WordPress site.
To make the transition as seamless as possible, you need to complete the following five steps.
Step 1 — WP Engine Control Panel
CNAME and A Values
Find out the
You can find these values at
Next, set up the correct domain name for your WP Engine installation.
To do this, go to
There, create or edit your primary domain. This should be the domain name you want your visitors to type in to their browser address bars.
Also there, create all the necessary redirections. For example,
You can also
This is actually a good idea, because if you don’t do this, then your visitors won’t find your site by typing only domain.com. It’s a very simple fix, yet many people lose out on extra traffic because they don’t take this step.
Step 2 — Registrar Control Panel
Go to your registrar’s control panel. Look for the
Unfortunately, there’s no uniformity in the DNS settings page across registrars. But the idea is always the same.
You need to specify the CNAME and A values that you looked up in the previous step.
Type in the IP address to a field called A value. Then, type in the CNAME address to a field called CNAME value.
Don’t forget to save these settings. The changes will take anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours to propagate across the whole internet.
Step 3 — WordPress Dashboard
Now that you have made all the necessary changes outwards, you also need to update your local WordPress installation’s settings.
To do so, log in to your
Sometimes, editing these two fields via the dashboard is disabled.
In that case, you need to edit them by accessing your database directly. To do that, go back to
phpMyAdmin will open up in a new window. You can find the URL fields in the
Simply click on the
Click on the
Step 4 — FTP Server
The final step to go live with your site is to update the
Here you need to either edit the following two lines and make the URLs the same as you defined them at WP Engine and everywhere else…
…or you can simply remove both these lines from wp-config.php completely.
Step 5 — Flush Cache
Usually, it helps to move things along more quickly to flush the caches of your site kept by WP Engine. To do so, go to
And there click on the
And that’s it — your site will now be live on the internet.
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