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Completely revamping website, but wish to keep original website live during transition

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jing0, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. jing0

    jing0 Junior Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm having one of my websites completely redeveloped but I'm going to keep the original domain name. This new website is taking its time to be developed, but I want to get a 0.1 version of it up and live so I can start configuring it + posting some content for SEO. However, I also want to keep the original website live so people can still use it. Based on this, should I make the new website a subdomain of the original website until it's fully developed? Like:

    NewWebsite.DomainName.com

    Will this have a detrimental effect on SEO or anything like that? Thanks!
     
  2. CredibleZephyre

    CredibleZephyre Registered Member

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    That's kind of a tricky situation.

    Do you want to start configuring it and posting content so that it will get indexed already? If that's not necessary, I would recommend creating a local server environment using WAMP or MAMP. This mimics a server but doesn't put your site out to the whole web, just keeps it on your local network. That way you can configure it, post all the content you want etc to see what it would look like when it's up. When you're ready to make the transition, just copy the whole folder over to your server.
     
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  3. Agera

    Agera Junior Member

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    Just register a new domain name for the time being and publish and configure it on there. Once completed, upload it to your main domain and publish it.
     
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  4. MeBeardless

    MeBeardless Registered Member

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    Definitely develop it on localhost via WAMP. There are tons of guides out there on how to get Wordpress or other platforms running locally. Good luck!
     
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  5. pahosa

    pahosa Junior Member

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    What I've done from my own site is what you have mentioned. I create a subdomain while I'm working on it and re upload when its done.
     
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  6. MrBlue

    MrBlue Senior Member

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    This is not tricky at all. You can develop your site in a sub folder or subdomain of your current site. Just make sure you block search engine crawlers using an .htaccess file. You could also lock down access to a specific IP using .htaccess as well.

     
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