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My iMac Can't Connect to Server

Issue Summary

Yesterday I created a domain within my GoGeek account at SiteGround, installed WordPress and pointed the DNS (from Network Solutions) at SiteGround servers.

About three hours later I was able to log into the website back-end on my PC laptop using Chrome and from another iMac in the office using Safari but have NOT been able to login from my iMac desktop which is where I have the client’s site. I used LocalWP to build the site on my iMac. Why might I NOT be able to login from my iMac? How to fix?

Troubleshooting Questions

  • Does this happen for all sites in Local, or just one in particular? –Just one.

  • Are you able to create a new, plain WordPress site in Local and access it in a Browser? –Yes


Describe the steps that others can take to replicate this issue. If you have screenshots that can help clarify what is happening, please include them!

System Details

  • Which version of Local is being used? –5.9.8+5191

  • What Operating System (OS) and OS version is being used? --MacOSMojave 10.14.6

  • Attach the Local Log. See this Community Forum post for instructions on how to do so:

I’ve spent a considerable amount of hours trying to go live with a client’s Divi website that I developed with LocalWP on my iMac. SiteGround confirms the site is setup properly. The ONLY time I can log into the site at SiteGround is when I have LocalWP open. I am able to log into the site on another iMac in the office and on my PC laptop.

How do I unhook my LocalWP from logging into the site on SiteGround?

Can you tell us the URL for the site on Local and for the site on SiteGround?

The URL on LocalWP and at SiteGround is thegrandtrine.com.

And that’s the problem. You should seek to avoid using an identical URL both locally and on the server. That’s I why the default domain suffix on Local is .local.

What you have done is set your local computer’s hosts file to to see your local computer as thegrandtrine.com. Use the settings to change the domain of the site URL in Local.

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Once I change the URL in LocalWP, do I re-install the site to SiteGround with All-in-One WP Migration?

My assumption is that if you look up the site on a phone, or any other device, it will appear normally. You should only need to change the domain in Local, but in the future to avoid this type of issue you should have a distinct Local domain.

Depending upon the changes you have done locally you may need to update the online site.

Thank you so much for your advice on having a distinct URL in LocalWP from the actual URL of the site I am building.

I am still not sure exactly where I set the LocalWP URL and where I set the client’s actual URL. Do I set the LocalWP URL as shown in this image?

Site Domain change

What’s the best way to transfer my client’s site developed on my iMac using LocalWP to SiteGround?

All-in-One WP Migration?

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