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Migrating existing WordPress site - unable to login

I’m attempting to migrate an existing WordPress site to DigitalOcean. I’ve successfully set up the basic WordPress site, and can access the generic site via the IP address. However, when I try to access the wp-admin so that I can import the XML (http://##.##.##.##/wp-admin/) it redirects to the existing site’s login.

So, how can I access the Admin section? Thank you in advance for your help.


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Hello, @tomraymond

You can temporary alter your hosts file on your PC in order to access the site from your DigitalOcean’s droplet. In this way you can access the site directly using the domain name and you wont be redirected.

The file is located here:

For Windows c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts

For Mac /private/etc/hosts

Linux machines /etc/hosts

Open the file and add this line:

IP Address example.com www.example.com

Note: Replace IP Address with your actual droplet IP address

Once the change is made, save the file and visit the site again.

Hope this helps!

Regards, Alex