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I have finished the drupal website on my localhost. I want to upload everything to the server, but only to test before officially launching it. Is there a way that I can keep my current non-drupal website running normally, but also upload this drupal site and test it at the same time?

If I create a new directory on the root, say '/drupal_test, and put everything there for now, will that be a problem when I copy everything to the root later? Or is there any standard drupal way to do it?

Thanks!

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I suggest you instead use any other unused domain. In that case robots.txt, .httaccess will work normally. And also there is risk of Googlebot indexing this content.

Just add "Disallow:/" in the robots.txt as a first rule.

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  • cool tip! I guess all it needs will be a host entry for the unused domin. – arpitr Sep 27 '13 at 11:03
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Just make sure you end up putting the drupal site, so that you can point it!,putting the drupal codebase let say in a folder named as drupal_site inside your existing site root will help you accessing your drupal site with URL as www.existing.site/drupal_site.It will not harm your existing site.

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