Stage or Swap Website?

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I want to change my Theme from the Enfold Theme that I am now using to using the DIVI theme, however, it requires me to re-write each page if there is any change to the page because it looks like the content on each page must be built by only one editor or things won't work right on the modified pages. I would like to "Stage" this website so that I can modify my web pages then restore the modified Pages to my site without disrupting my site for the visitors. What is the best way to do this?

Can I build and then transfer another website on my Inmotion account to my primary site?

My Second Question is: Is there a generic domain that I can use to stage a website then transfer it to my primary website? Do I have to buy another domain just to test a website?

From my questions, you can probably understand what I am trying to do. If you have any advice or suggestions, please let me know what I need to do to get there and what the best, easiest, way of doing this at inmotion?
Hello Fblittle, Thanks for your questions concerning Staging and swapping websites. It sounds like you're trying to use a BoldGrid plugin (Staging) with non-BoldGrid themes. The BoldGrid system includes themes that have specific formatting so that replacing elements from a Staging site can be done. The BoldGrid staging system allows you to have a separate location that is not visible to the general public and used primarily for updates or replacing the active site. So, if you're using a non-BoldGrid editing system, you'll have to create a separate site for that purpose. There are many different systems for editing WordPress sites and these themes are not necessarily compatible with each other. In terms of developing, you're not required to have a separate domain name in order to work with another WordPress site. I would recommend using a subdomain and a maintenance mode plugin to keep people out of your developing site. This way you don't have to purchase a separate domain. It would still mean that you have to migrate the new site the area where the domain name is being served. You could also create a separate installation and then use a hostfile mod to point your browser to use a particular domain name until you're ready to publish. If you're new to this, then I can understand the confusion. There are many guides available to help with moving your site, but the main thing will be changing from one WordPress theme/page editing system to another. It's not necessarily a simple swap, so you may need to investigate that issue further to make sure that you're keeping all the elements of your previous website. If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know. Kindest regards, Arnel C.