I know there will be a Homer Simpson moment (hitting head, as I say DOH) when one of you give me an insanely simple answer, but oh well…I need an answer, so here goes.
Have built 25 or so WordPress sites but all from scratch using modified premium templates. Now, I am redoing a BIG site that is currently built in a custom format and want to leave it live until the new WP site is done and then upload it with no downtime. What is the best way to do this??? So I use another domain name and build it and then just copy everything? or use the current name and add WP and then build it under some secret path???
Help and thank you in advance ;-D
There are numerous ways you can setup a staging area for a site redesign. Here are three suggestions:
?preview=1&template=twentyten&stylesheet=twentytento the end of your URL (replacing twentyten as appropriate)
One option would be to set up the site on a different server. When the WordPress version of the site is ready to be turned on, you could just change the name servers. I think that would be the best way to go if ones available. This way you could import the Database, get any bugs worked out and have a seamless transition.