building new site while existing site remains in place

Hi,
Is there an easy way to build a wordpress site under a new theme while the existing site still remains in place? I want to build a redesign to the site without the existing site changing and then switching to the complete new redesign after i'm complete.

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hello Corn,

    I hope you're having a nice day!

    If you wish to build your new design over a "live" site this plugin should be of help:

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/theme-switcher-reloaded/

    It should let you keep your current theme active for all users while you as an admin would be able to switch (preview) to new one.

    However, I think the best way would be to make a full copy of your current site (e.g. in a sub-folder of your domain) and work on this. Once all the design and configuration is ready, you could use WP Import/Export tool to move all your content (posts, pages, users, comments) from your old site to a new one.

    The last step would be to move your new site from sub-folder to the main folder, to replace the old site.

    Cheers,
    Adam

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