Seems I made some mistakes in IMPORTING the database and the website is suffering. It looks like I need to do the import over again. There is an issue of losing a couple hundred articles SINCE the original import. And all the WP design I have done since then.
What I would like to do is copy my WP files of my running site into a test directory and to all the work there. After the new import, then manually copy the code of each of the NEW articles into the new test version. Then later delete the working WP and migrate the test to active duty.
Can I just move WP in FTP and have it work in that test directory the same as it does now. Well except I dont want it to run in public.