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Best way to install second site (that will eventually replace first site, keeping current domain)

Looking for the best course of action...my client currently has an HTML site (with SSL). I have been tasked to redesign the site, and I'm planning to use Drupal. What's the best way to install Drupal as a second site (so I can build it and hopefully preview to the client) with the intention of eventually replacing the current HTML site? Obviously I don't have the need for a second "Addon" domain; would it be best to install under a subdomain of the current site (for example, "newsite.mydomainname.com")? What would be the best way to switch from the HTML site over to the new Drupal site? Thanks

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PL281
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I would take the subdomain approach as your are describing. As I am a WordPress and not a drupal person I'm not sure what is involved with swapping a domain on Drupal site after it's been built out, but in theory all you should have to do is move the files to the root of the cPanel and updating the domain in the database / config file for Drupal when you are ready to go live.

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PL281
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@eleventhhour11 

 

I would take the subdomain approach as your are describing. As I am a WordPress and not a drupal person I'm not sure what is involved with swapping a domain on Drupal site after it's been built out, but in theory all you should have to do is move the files to the root of the cPanel and updating the domain in the database / config file for Drupal when you are ready to go live.

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Check out my site! | I currently manage over 300 WordPress Websites
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