Rebuild site while maintaining current one?

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  • #1059213

    brossbert
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    I’m getting ready to rebuild our site and wondering if it’s possible to do so while keeping the current site up and running.
    Blog url: http://dalewoodumc.wordpress.com/

    The blog I need help with is dalewoodumc.wordpress.com.

    #1059337

    timethief
    Member

    What do you mean by rebuild?
    Which blog are you referring to (post the URL please)?

    #1059345

    brossbert
    Member

    I want to start from scratch. My blog site is my church’s website and it’s time for a redesign. I’d like to have a new theme, new pages, menus, etc, but keep the same domain name. I’m wondering if there is a way to build the new site “behind closed doors” while keeping the old one up. Make sense???

    here’s the url: http://dalewoodumc.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for any help!

    #1059348

    timethief
    Member

    You can make the whole blog “private” and change the theme and work on it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    Alternatively you can create a static front page and use it temporarily. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    However, I wouldn’t do either on my blogs as traffic is important to me and I don’t want to turn any visitors away. What I would do is change themes and work on the blog while it’s public.

    Changing themes is easy to do and no data is ever lost. However, a new theme may have different sidebars and footers for widgets. You can go here Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and select a new theme and activate it. After you change your theme all you need to do is go here Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Inactive Widgets and re-install them where you want them to appear. The widget contents and settings will be the same as they were prior to changing themes.

    #1059537

    brossbert
    Member

    Thanks a lot timethief!

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