The best solution for my problem?...

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I am a new webdesigner who has got her first client.

My project with this client is to redesign his current website. The problem is that we are going to transfer the domain to my hosting service and once the transfer is complete, his website would be our of service. That's why I've decided to leave the domain as it is for now.
I would like to create the new website on WordPress while the current website is still ON... but how do I do this?

The solutions I have so far are:

- To create the new website in a subdomain. I have read about redirecting but if I do that, does it mean people will have to go to to be taken to because what I want is to change the subdomain address to the main domain... ( to , so people go directly to it. Is it complicated to do with Wordpress?

- I have read about a temporary URL but it seems complicated.

- My other solution is to buy another domain, work the new website there and then migrate it to the client's domain. (I don't know why this solution seems easier to me)

- The other solution is to create a "under construction page", that's a cool solution but I would like to avoid it.

I don't know if this sound dumb for you but I am new and I'm learning in the process. I never imagined I would have my first client this quick and now I'm freaking out.

Thank you in advance for your answers!

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Make the site in any directory on your host for testing then transfer it to the proper directory location for the domain on your host.
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This is a site I built for use in my job.(HTML Editor)
This is my personnel site used for testing and as an easy way to share photos.(RLM imported to RSD)
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Since you are wanting to use Wordpress, you need to have the domain on your server so you can access it after you install it. I've had to do this before.

Move the current web site to your server so that the domain exists in your hosting. This will keep the main site live and allow you to create a subdomain for development of the new site.

Create a subdomain that points to a different folder and install Wordpress there. This will allow you to develop the entire Wordpress version of the site. I like using since the purpose is only for developing the new site.

Once the Wordpress version is done, transfer the site to hosting for

Once the new site is live on the main domain, you can either remove the subdomain and delete the files, or keep it there to do more development and testing. If you keep it, password protect the folder so it cannot be accessed except by you.

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