I have a live, hosted site built on WP. I'm developing a new version of the site (with the Genesis theme) locally. I was told that I should export my DB from the live site, then do a fresh install of WP locally and import the DB.
I now need to develop the new site on the hosted server. I know how to move it and install it in a hidden subdirectory. However, what should I do when I'm finished developing? Since the new install contains all my new settings, pages, etc. should I delete the original WP live site first? My old site exists in the public folder, but I would like to keep the new site in a subdirectory that points to my domain.
If I delete the original site, then change wp-config and WP URL settings on the new site, everything should be fine, right? Will I lose anything? Link juice, settings, etc.?