So I’m going to be revamping/revamping an old HTML site into a new WordPress site.
The thing is, I need the old site to still be accessible while the new WP site gets installed in the same place.
I believe a new WP install can co-exist in the same root folder as another site, right? (Someone please tell me if I’m wrong). Once the new WP site is there, it will “take over” if someone goes to that web address, yes? That’s fine with me — I plan to put up a “Relaunch coming soon” maintenance page immediately.
I already created an alternate homepage for the old site (index_old.html), and I will show that link on the coming soon page so people can still visit the old site while the new one’s being worked on. Once I’m finished, I’ll drop the coming soon page and the new site will be the new destination…right?
So is there anything else I need to do, or be concerned about?? I think what I want to do can work in theory, but I have a feeling I might be missing something. Is there something I need to be doing with the htaccess file, or will the new WP install automatically handle that?
If anyone can chime in and let me know if it will work out ok this way, or if I should be doing things differently, it would be greatly appreciated!
Also…I’d like to keep the old site around/accessible for a bit as it has some info that will take a while to port over (though it’s not necessary to have that right away). Will this complicate things by keeping the old site around for too long?