A design and structure question:
1/ I am wanting to design a test site for a web magazine under developmemt at http://www.AppalachiaToday.com. I do NOT want the design to go live at that address, but I wish to experiment with the content and look by mocking up the site in a subfolder with no links outward so it is not spidered by Google or anything
2/ So, I essentially mock up the site but in a subfolder called 'beta_site.' I create a pretty elaborate site there with 25-some pages.
3/ So the time is ripe, the beta site looks good and I want to drop it all into the root level of the site so it goes live at AppalachiaToday.com
4/ Being a code-newbie, is there a quick and easy way to change all the links in that sub-folder to the root level of the site so it all works properly when removed from that folder?
5/ Or, I could design the site in a sub-folder at my own, separate web domain and then when it is ready point my magazine's web address -- appalachiatoday.com - to that subfolder? Will the site load slower if I do it that way?
Or is there a better way to develop a test of an elaborate WordPress site before taking it live and maintaining all the internal links?
Thanks for any insights