create site before going live

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Hi, maybe a silly question but dont wanna do and do it wrong !

we have just upgraded our hosting package to have mysql database, can i build database and site before hitting the live button?
already have site live at moment.
 

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Of course. Set-up a subdomain (e.g. dev.example.com) or create a dev folder under your public_html folder and build your new site there, then when you're done copy it to the live folder and all should work.
 
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Your best bet would create a local host using xampp or wamp server, free and easy to use, plus plenty of tutorials on youtube if you need help
 
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I personally would rather do it live on a server rather than localhost. A sub domain can easy be configured or a folder within the domain

something like

v1.sitename.com or sitename.com/v1

under sitename.com create a landing page saying coming soon or something.
 
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