I currently have a wordpress site with 2010 theme. It ranks quite well locally, but I want to do a complete redesign / overhaul with the Ultimatum theme.
Couple of questions.
Once I activate Ultimatum theme will my 2010 theme crash?
If I activate Ultimatum and tell search engine not to index site will I be able to view my work as I progress through update or do i need to publish to web to be able to see work in progress?
If I use the same menus titles / url titles ie; http://www.mysite.com, http://www.mysite.com/seo/, http://www.mysite.com/internet marketing/ etc' and then continue with correct <h1>, <h2>, keywords and solid updated content,am I going to create a search indexing NIGHTMARE, creating a need to back track and issue 301's?
I'm going to be on the same server just a major update. Will this show as duplicate content or will the new Ultimatum theme basically over-wright and replace old data. Also say I want to drop one of my existing pages or replace it with another topic? do I need to 301 redirect?
Lastly, would it be best to import my existing site onto my
localhost wamp server then redesign and send revised site to my godaddy server once complete? (my prefered last option)
Any advice you are willing to share would be appreciated!