I am a technically minded user, but I am brand new to WordPress. I need to build a private social networking type site. From what I have read thus far BuddyPress appears likely to suit my needs.
I have a domain name and separate business hosting at hostgator. I would prefer to build the site offline and then transfer up to the web. I am running Windows 7, if that's relevant.
I'm seeking guidance on how to go about this task. Not a detailed step by step, but what should I download and what kind of plugins should I install for backup, security, etc. Links to most important reading. I've been through some of the docs on the site already, but am feeling overwhelmed.
I'm trying to have a working site online by the end of June. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional and secure. Membership would be limited to my clients only who would establish their own user accounts. Users must login before any content is available. There are no plans to monetize the site and I don't want it indexed for search.
Any / all suggestions are appreciated. I'd like to do this right the first time! Thanks