Disclaimer: I have VERY limited experience and no expertise in building and managing websites. Step-by-step instructions work best for me!
I've been researching WP for a couple of months now and I'm really excited about a lot of the features and I want to use it for two sites that I am administering. Neither is a blog site, but I think both could benefit from WP.
I've already installed WP for one of the sites, and I'm researching how to create a theme for it and get the functionality that I want. I've been reading through the codex and I think I need some help strategizing my workflow. So far, I've installed WP on a subdirectory of my site. I started to write some pages and create categories when I changed my mind and thought I should look at customizing my theme first.
Today I read the articles about moving WP and what a pain it is. I also read about a process for mirroring it and working from the backup. I'm all for backing things up, in fact I prefer to work from the backup and upload later, which is what I used to do in my html sites. Suddenly I got worried. What's the better strategy?
1) Keep WP on a subdirectory. Make changes, backing up files periodically. When ready for launch, change url.
2) Create an off-line mirror for WP. Make changes. When ready for launch, upload via FTP.
Any suggestions are appreciated!