I currently have a HTML site.
can I install wordpress in a directory build my wordpress version while still keeping the existing site running.
then when its ready is it easy to switch over?
ive only ever installed wordpress in the root folder and started a build live from scratch?
@simononestop of course you can!
You just have to install WP in a directory, and access through yourdomain.com/directory/, and once it's finished you then follow this official WordPress guide.
Hope it helps!