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Working with DMS on Live Websites

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I have a clients website which is live (www.tslandscapes.co.uk). However, I was wondering what would be the best options for editing the pages when their live. For example I am going to add a twitter feed to the home page but I would rather not do this live. Ideally it would be good to work on a page which is private and then make it live when it's ready. However, the page is already live so I am not able to make it private.


Thanks for any advice on the above, I'm sure there are many solutions as I expect this is a very common question.


Kind regards,



James Wilson

Designer & Photographer


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You could add an Under Maintenance plugin for the quickest option. Would still take the site "down" temporarily but if you are wanting to completely leave the site live, you can zip the site up quickly and upload to a local environment (XAMPP) and then work on it that way to test things. You'd need to set up your local server (not difficult and doesn't take long at all) and use Duplicator to capture the entire site and load locally.

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I would generally develop a website locally and then import everything. However, if you prefer doing this live, then you will probably want to use a Coming Soon or Maintenance plugin, like atcdomainsolutions suggested.

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