I am designing a new website using WordPress to replace an old side made with static HTML pages.
I'd like to work on the WordPress site before replacing the old one so I have installed WordPress into the same folder as the HTML files.
I've installed a theme and created some pages and pasted the text from the old pages into the new ones as a start.
The thing is that I am unable to view the new WordPress pages unless the static index.html is removed to allow the index.php to kick in. Of course, when I do this it means that all the visitors to the website are seeing the WordPress site which is half made.
So I am wondering what the most pain free process is.
Is there some fancy plug in I can install that will allow me to work on the WordPress version so I can have both HTML files and WordPress installation in the same folder without have to move it?
Or, should I move the WP installation into a subfolder, create the site inside that subfolder and then move it back to the root folder once its finished, deleting the HTML pages at the same time?
Or is there another more simple process?