Thanks for the questions! You're pretty much on the right track. You're basically making a duplicate of your live site, but you would need to use either a subdomain or other URL for the domain name of your test site.
You would then restore your database using a different name, so you don't conflict with the existing database. And then you would need to copy all of your Joomla site files into the subdirectory (or other folder if its a different domain name) and alter your settings.php file to account for the new location, the new database name, user name and password.
If you are using SEF-friendly URLs, you will also need to remove them, and then re-enable them after you have completed the transfer. This will allow them to reset based on the new location. If you're not worried about SEF (Search Engine Friendly) links during your development phase, then SEF links should not be active. Unfortunately, we don't have a tutorial on setting up the SEF links, but you can use this tutorial from Joomla docs on enabling SEF URLs.
I hope this helps to clear up the issue for you! If you require any further assistance, please let us know.
Thank you Arnel, for your quick response when I get started might come back here and dig a little deeper with you regarding some of the points that you mentioned. till then a good evening to you and everyone on the forum.
Hello Arnel and the forum,
Well I backed up the DB, created a new DB with different name, imported the backup DB,
on the FTP side uploaded all of the site's content in a tar.gz and uncompressed in the subdomain.. dev.notifix.info.
Changed inside the confirguration.php file the database name and thats it since everything else is the same.
went to test... and white blank page!
well my first intent was a flop..
any idea what i did wrong?
Thanks in advance and push in the right direction
found this .. could it have something to do? memory_limit ? http://www.xcloner.com/support/forums/joomla-support/help-after-clone-blank-pages/