I've got a wordpress site that I have been using for a year now and it is hosted with godaddy. I have got a new theme that I would like to use for the site, but I would like to test it offline first before making it LIVE.
The problem is previously I was always making changes to the LIVE site, usually at hours when I get little to no traffic. However, that has changed now and I do get traffic most hours through out a 24hr day.
So my problem is:
1. How do i download my existing website to my laptop and make those changes with new theme? (total newbie, sorry!)
2. I use a mac OSX 10.6.8, so not sure what I need to be doing to get the site working like a live site offline.
3. Once I have implemented the new changes, what is the best way to upload the site to the godaddy server without having any downtime or errors for site visitors?
Is there anything else I need to install or do inorder for this to work? I hope you can give me as much information as possible or any links to any guides or articles that explain how to do this.
Thanks so much for any help you can offer!!!